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David Sifford (#46564332)
 member for 14 years, 6 months, 3 days
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Bio Photo Calling all Find-a-Gravers from West Texas: I've started a Facebook page titled WEST TEXAS FIND A GRAVE. This is mostly for the folks in my area but is an open group and is open to all. It's not a gripe session about the site but should be used to help with what cemeteries need to be surveyed or photographed. Feel free to check it out.
I'll be listing as many cemeteries in the Lubbock, Texas area as possible. I would like to meet with other members in Lubbock. Please feel free to get in touch with me and i'll try to answer any questions that i can.

I've noticed a trend lately that should be addressed. Please do not add Death Certificates to my memorials. This may be a good source of information but I feel it is out of place on memorials. You can request a tranfer of ownership if you feel the need to post a Death Certificate.

Also on the subject of Death Certificates, please be aware of the pitfalls of taking this information as absolute. There has been some discussion on this topic in the Forums. Use care when reading this data. The location given as the place of burial is not always the correct name of that cemetery. It may only be the city where the person was taken. I've seen too many times where an incorrect listing is added unnecessarily by folks unfamiliar with the location of burial. Many cemeteries have changed names or ownership over the years. Please double check the county listing before adding a new cemetery. You might save yourself a lot of time and trouble.

I'm more than glad to make any correction, update or transfers that pass my way. Please use the Edit (Suggest a Correction) tab on the memorials, as this makes things go faster and easier for me.

Also, any changes that are sent to me, I take at face value so please don't send me a list of sources that prove who the parents are or where they were born. I'm not the DAR or a school teacher who double checks for accuracy. What you send me is what I enter.

I really hate to do this, but from now on, I WILL NOT do any transfers or updates that come to me on the message board. I've had too many requests that have errors in them and this just slows everything down. Please, please please use the EDIT tabs on the memorials. This is what it was designed and set up for so please use it. Also, it has gotten to the point that I will no longer respond to transfer requests or up-date requests that are sent to me here on the Message Board or by e-mail. I will only make changes that come to me via EDIT/SUGGEST A CORRECTION. Thanks.
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Julie Pendleton
Mr. Sifford - I was so glad to see my grandmother's burial information out there - - thanks for adding her. Could you please transfer management over to me when you have time?
Stella Smith #144937172.

Thanks again,
Julie Smith Pendleton
Added by Julie Pendleton on Jul 20, 2017 2:11 PM
Martin Gardner
Thanks very much for the transfer and for recording him.
Added by cms on Jul 19, 2017 5:01 PM
Rose Gondek
John Biggerstaff
Thanks so much for taking a photo of his headstone. I really appreciate your help to a stranger.
Added by Rose Gondek on Jul 19, 2017 4:26 PM
Ann Blaker-Killebrew
Thank you for the transfer. The family really appreciates it. Keep up all the good work you have been doing.
Added by Ann Blaker-Killebrew on Jul 19, 2017 3:54 PM
Rose Gondek
John Crow Biggerstaff & Emma J. Kemp
Thank you very much for taking a photo of their headstone. You did a fabulous job and I really appreciate it.
Added by Rose Gondek on Jul 18, 2017 10:19 PM
Minnie Gardner
Thank you again for the transfer but also for reccording her and linking her.


Added by cms on Jul 18, 2017 3:05 PM
Lewis C Murdock
Thank you for this photo of my relatives gravestone.
S Murdoch-SC
Added by sem on Jul 17, 2017 9:40 AM
Donald Ward
Headstone Photos
Thanks so much for taking and posting the headstone photos of James, Jennie and Eldon Appleton! It has been quite a while since I have visited Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring and likely a long time until I will be there again. What you do as a Findagrave photo volunteer is very helpful to amateur genealogists like myself.
Donald J. Ward
Arlington, Texas
Added by Donald Ward on Jul 15, 2017 12:50 PM
Bonnie Shirley Amery
Nelvyn Adell (Henning) Wilson
Dear David Sifford,
Thank You for the photo of Nell's metal marker in Trinity Memorial Park.

Because I never will be visiting her grave site, your photo brings such closure and comfort. Thank You for that gift.
Bonnie Shirley Amery
Added by Bonnie Shirley Amery on Jul 15, 2017 3:38 AM
Jerry Burleson
Juan Antonio Lamas #88028062
Read your bio and special instructions and I know you are busy with this because I see so many of your memorials. If you don't respond I understand. Idalou Cemetery records don't even show Juan Antonio Lamas at this time. The gentlemen I spoke to said they have one Lamas recorded at Idalou and it is "B Lamas". The location he gave me and my personal knowledge concurs that the location is for the most part accurate. There is no name marker there. And the location is off by a lot or two I think. My question to you is this. What source did you have to make the memorial? Your source may be more accurate than even Idalou Cemetery records. The man I spoke to told me that the records had been transcribed a few times. His name was Charles Drake and his phone number is 892-2007(I think). My workstation gets cleaned so my notes get moved around too. Sure you know how it is. If you get a moment and are in the mood, anything would be good. Trust me, I know how it is and understand. This little boy 8 years old, son of a farm laborer, living under austere conditions didn't have much of a chance. He contracted some type of abdominal cancer and did not make it. An unmarked grave, a questionable location and a family that still mourns his loss. Sad business it is. But that is what we do, isn't it? Thanks, Jerry.
Added by Jerry Burleson on Jul 13, 2017 10:42 AM
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