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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 15 years, 4 months, 8 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Karen Mynes
RE: Zachariah Minnear
Interesting, I did a google search for Confederates buried in Ohio and ZMinnear was one. So far he's one of three US troops out of 84 in the list. Must be a glitch in the search or something!
Added by Karen Mynes on Jun 26, 2017 4:48 AM
Pamela Thompson
Gravestone Photo Permission
I am happy to see that you photographed the gravestone of Maude Alford in Glendale Cemetery (Memorial# 51839656).

I would like to add this gravestone photo to the (non-profit) Alford American Family Association's collection of Ohio Obituaries, where her obituary is (or will be) included. You can see the current collection at

May I have your permission to include your gravestone photos? If so, the photo caption will say:

Photo from [cemetery name, city, county, state]—
Permission granted by the photographer, Zella [or your full name if you prefer]

And thanks so much for your gravestone photo work!

Best regards,
Pamela Alford Thompson (Find A Grave #47195155)
Obituaries Project Manager, Alford American Family Association

Added by Pamela Thompson on Jun 25, 2017 12:29 AM
Penny DeAntonio
Geesytown cemetery
My grandfather ,Walter Couch memorial #12851533
Is buried at Geesytown. I remember visiting the cemetery as a teenager abd the Graves were right behind the retaining wall. I've tried to locate the Graves of my grandparents, with no success.
Did your research locate the sites and headstone?
My concern is the renovation that was done on the wall several years ago. Any help would be appreciated.
Added by Penny DeAntonio on Jun 23, 2017 9:25 AM
John White
Permission to use photo
Hi Zella,
I would like your permission to use your headstone photograph on FindAGrave Memorial #5560853 for Lizzie Searles Howe in my Searles family genealogy project.

There is no commercial aspect to my project. If you agree, pleas let me know how you want the credit to read.

Thanks for everything you do.

John White
Rockville, Maryland
Added by John White on Jun 20, 2017 4:38 PM
Lol thanks for the heads up on that memorial he may have been her son. I'll work on that this week.
Added by cataholic4ever on Jun 18, 2017 10:23 PM
Burials in Geeseytown
Are you interested in my memorials in Geeseytown? I am trying to divest of some memorials as I am getting ready to move. If so you can reply on Robert T Allen . Thanks, Kat
Added by Kat on Jun 15, 2017 6:15 AM
Crystal (Boylen) Boggs
RE: Adolphus French photo request - pt. 2
Thank you Zella for going out of your way to do that regarding the French family plot. I appreciate it!

Added by Crystal (Boylen) Boggs on Jun 14, 2017 3:16 PM
Mollie Hines
Anna Maria Carr Zeigler
Thank you so much for posting the picture of the stone for my gg grandmother. If you or anyone out their has information on her parents, or how she came to live with the Simon Frazier family, I would be forever grateful.
Added by Mollie Hines on Jun 11, 2017 5:46 AM
Jane from MI
RE: Robert Votaw
Thank you for being so thorough. Jane
Added by Jane from MI on Jun 10, 2017 7:01 AM
Jane from MI
Robert Votaw
Thank you for sharing Robert's obituaries. I have added them to his memorial. Are you a descendant? Jane from MI
Added by Jane from MI on Jun 08, 2017 5:45 AM
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