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VDR (#47292775)
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Bio Photo I have worked with and enjoyed communicating with a number of great volunteers in both Colorado and Oregon and consider them my friends and FAG family. With that in mind this year has also brought me a few nasty volunteers that I have had to have FAG block from emailing me. Please if you are one of these move on no communication is required and leaves more time for me to help the ones that need and appreciate my help. Also, I don't believe I need help on how to load memorials – after over 50,000 memorials managed I think I have it down.

I enjoy helping people with finding and linking their families – investigating is in my blood. I also enjoy filling photo requests as you can tell by my over 2,500 currently taken. So if you need my help please let me know but please be considerate on the number asked at a time so I can help others who need my help. Also, if I tell you the grave is unmarked or the loved one was never buried at the cemetery, this was only brought to your attention after asking at least two people in the office and checking out the site myself to insure the information is accurate. I find I have a great working relationship with all the cemeteries I currently work with.

Transfers! If the name is Bolejack, Bolerjack, Pomeroy, Campbell, Deboard, Dickey, Hodges, Weddle, Francis, Barrett, Bennett, Boyde, Doyle, Braning, or Robinson – don’t bother asking. Or if I put a flower “ Family” – please don’t ask it just takes time away from what I am currently doing. With that said – I don’t believe in hording other volunteers family members. Sometimes it might take me a few days to answer but I do try and answer as quickly as possible. I also will not transfer when you have a proven history of poor updating and editing memorials skills. I believe that the loved one and their family members deserve someone that is prepared to take care of them.

Outside of FAG I am the proud grandmother of twin granddaughters and three grandsons. And if they don’t keep me busy enough I have two twin nephews and their brother that stop by to spread joy and the occasional cold.
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GravesScribe
Josephine Roche
Burial information was provided by another Find A Grave contributor-unfortunately, I can not locate that e-mail. Wikipedia has her name as Josephine Aspinwall Roche and lists her spouse as Edward Hale Bierstadt. It appears that he is buried in Long Island National Cemetery. I checked the Nationwide Gravesite Locator any posting for Josephine and did not find any. I'll check the obits early next week. Thanks.
Added by GravesScribe on Aug 19, 2017 10:26 AM
dlgorman
Anna Madden
Hello, I am the 4x great grand daughter of Anna Madden. I added my 3x great grandmother Mary to a note connected to Anna. Mary is buried with her mother, but has no marker. I was wondering if that is ever a consideration when you are chronicling the graves? I did not find out myself until I visited the cemetery and consulted with the office to assist me. I already have a picture of her grave, I was just wondering about the unmarked graves, if they are taken into account. Thank you for all your hard work, as a family historian, it is a wonderful tool to find a grave that you would otherwise not be able to find or see unless traveling to that destination. I also added the obituary for Mary with the note incase anyone is interested in it. Debbie
Added by dlgorman on Aug 19, 2017 3:09 AM
John B
Find A Grave Memorial# 181673422
Hi VDR:

Thank you for your contributions to Find A Grave.

What do you think of transferring Grace Emaline Hulcher Allen's memorial 181673422 to my account: 48392927? Then I will add her mortuary from the historical Illinois State Journal Register.

You will have credit for creating the memorial, and adding the tombstone picture. And I will have credit for adding a portrait picture and linking her parents.

I manage the memorials for Ilse Maria Dorothea Kappenberg & Friedrich Dietrich Höltje, and eight of their children.

John
Added by John B on Aug 15, 2017 6:16 PM
Brynn Edwards
RE: Leora Bolerjack West
Oh yea, I completely understand. I've actually had tons of relatives work at Choate (Anna state Hospital/Illinois Southern Insane Asylum/Clyde L Choate Mental Health Facility). At one point I actually had the biennial report for Choate back in the 1890s when it had first opened. There are tunnels that still run underneath the grounds and buildings that still have the shackles, old cells, and scratching all over the wall. The grounds are extremely haunted. Before it was an asylum, it was the grounds for Camp Anna and a hospital for the Civil War. After the war they had a deal with Carbondale of who would get the insane asylum and who would get the university in a coin toss (not sure who actually won the toss). Choate was then built and is actual Kirkbride building who is actually quite famous for designing asylums. You'll find that many have extremely foreign names and likely had no family to take care of them in old age or widow hood and more than likely couldn't speak much English. The grounds were actually self sustaining with their own cattle, barns, fields of food, a blacksmith, etc. They even had a fire department after the fire destroyed the top two floors of the main building leaving just destruction but no death!
At one point Union county (and statewide in other counties) had poor farms which was on the other side of town. There you had to basically work for the state and be able to at least farm or garden. I would assume those that couldn't help at the poor farm probably went to Choate. The poor farm's cemetery was tilled under by a farmer in which only the death records would be the only place they are found now.
There is your novel for the day! Haha.
Added by Brynn Edwards on Aug 10, 2017 7:45 PM
John B
Find A Grave Memorial# 181673422
Hi VDR:

Thank you for your diligence to Find A Grave.

My uncle, father's older brother, Robert Warren Becker has been researching the family history since 1947. I have the Höltje (Hulcher) family history to 1772.

I added portrait photographs to Grace Emaline Hulcher and Walter Freeman Allen's memorials. I also linked Grace Hulcher to her parents, Isle Dorothea Kappenberg and Friedrich Dietrich Höltje.

Would you be so kind to transfer Grace Emaline Hulcher's memorial to my account? I would like to add her birth location, death location, and obituary from the historical Illinois State Journal Register in Springfield Illinois.

I am impressed you got Grace Emaline Hulcher Allen's middle name and maiden name correct. I manage the memorials for her parents and eight of the children.

Last year, I went to Ellinger & Kunz funeral home in Springfield Illinois, and received the interment information for Grace Allen. Grace Allen died in New York City, her funeral was in Springfield Illinois, and she is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge.

I was just about to create a memorial for Grace, and voila you created a memorial with tombstone pictures.

Next, I will email you Höltje family history I created for the Macoupin County Illinois history book. Helen Hellner is one of two living grandchildren of Marie and F.D. Hulcher.

John
Added by John B on Aug 08, 2017 7:03 PM
twider me
68202989 Alice Frances Gale
I have been looking for the grave of Alice Pritchard, daughter of Harry Norman Pritchard and Jennie Celestia Gale Pritchard. I learned of this memorial when I requested a picture of her brother Frank Gale Pritchard's grave marker and was told he didn't have one. Do you have any other information on Alice, everything I have from family records and what I have found, pretty much match the information you have except the last name. She is with the family in the 1885 Colorado census and the 1900 U.S. Census as Pritchard. Jennie and Harry got married in Nov 1882. Of course if this is Alice, James Otis Gale would be her grandfather. Harry is the half brother to my grandfather and I am trying to fill in family. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I tried to reach you through your e-mail but was unable to.

Harry has three 1/2 brothers all sons of Anna Elizabeth (Watson). Two other links, besides Harry's, are shown on her her memorial link. The only one that is not shown is John Watson Vogan - who I found in a diary of my grandmothers, died in 1939 in Portland, and was cremated. At one time he was the owner & president of the Vogan Candy Company, AKA Modern Confectionary Company before retiring. I am trying to find if he and his wife were placed somewhere but haven't been able to, so far. Thank you for your consideration.

Added by twider me on Aug 05, 2017 4:11 PM
Corrie Hanko
Mem. #164438678
You created the memorial for a William Horst #164438678. Did you post that as a random picture or do you have any knowledge of him? I believe I may have a photo of him but, wanted to verify that it really was him. If you have any further info on him, I'd appreciate it, especially if you know about any military service, perhaps an obituary. He is not a relative of mine, I am only trying to reunite a photo with it's family. Thank you
Corrie
Added by Corrie Hanko on Jul 15, 2017 9:02 PM
 

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