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I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.|
Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.
I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013
When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.
If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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B.J. Waters, clio, GerbLady, Good Oman, HC Hughes, HJ, J.Sullivan, John Krieg, K. Roberts, Lenora C, Lynne S, Terenda Curtis ..., Teresa
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|Rachelle Miller-Hicks||RE: Peggy Sarver|
Memorial# 162592793 Peggy Sue Burgess Sarver.
Thank you for the recent edit you sent me.
|Nancy Harrison||Relationship connection|
Thank you so much for all the work you do adding photos. In regard to Harry A. Thomas #158710164: his wife is Caroline Thomas #158710175 and his parents are Albert H. Thomas #108598959 and Mary Jane Coleman Thomas #160496470. Harry was my maternal grand uncle. If you could attach him to his parents I would greatly appreciate it.
Nancy Buck Harrison
|Rose Gondek ||Elvira Robinson Sherwin|
Thank you very much for the photos of Elvira's memorial. I look forward to taking photos in my area so I can help others like you helped me.
Do you know how to add a Bio to this site?
Thank you so very much for the two additional photos of Margaret's gravestone. I appreciate your time and effort!
|Anonymous||RE: Memorial #76649232|
Your photo on Memorial #76649232 was so much better than the original photo. I was hoping if you got back to the cemetery you would be able to get a better photo for Memorial #76648425. The lady that put the original photos on these two memorials said it was raining when she was at the cemetery. She just made one trip to the cemetery because she lives far away. I must not have explained what I wanted very well. Sorry!
Thank you so much for adding another photo of Joseph Waldo's gravestone. It is so much better than the first one. Don't make a special trip to the Oakland Cemetery, but if you should be there would you take a photo of Margaret Waldo Blood's (Memorial #76649495) gravestone. She is Joseph's daughter. Thank you!!
|Charlie & Emy Peasha||VINCENT R SOMBROTTO|
I would like to take over maintenance of his Find A Grave if you would be willing to transfer same to me?
Find A Grave #48826003
I just found the tenth and final sibling of my maternal great grandfather among your memorials. I can't tell you how good this culmination of events feels.
There's nothing fancy or grand about her, her husband, her son, his wife, or their markers. But when she finally came to me in probably my 500th search for her, I cannot even describe the sheer thrill I felt.
I have no idea why I wasn't able to find her before. How hard should it be to find a woman named "Theckla"? But it was. And now I've found her and I thank you for putting her there in-situ for me to find as if I were walking up on her grave myself.
I read with interest your philosophy of photos and it so closely matches my own that perhaps it was kismet that brought me to your site tonight, for we share ideals as well as a passion for this goofy thing they call "Find A Grave."
Thank you. Thank you for being right where you are right now. And know that you absolutely made my day with your act of unselfish kindness on January 20, 2013.
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