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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 15 years, 7 months, 28 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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stephany olson
Memorial transfer Clement Edmunds
Hi Zella,

Last year you helped locate my great uncle's grave-site even though he didn't have a headstone. I really appreciated that so much! I have run across so many of my family members that don't have headstones I wish I had the funds to replace them all. I was hoping you would consider transferring his memorial over to me to maintain. If you look at the memorials transferred to me, you will see that I take great care in my bios and pictures whenever I can. I would really appreciate it so much. Clement is my grandfathers brother.
Clement E. Edmund's Memorial # 106348922. Thank You Zella for all your great work on these memorials.

Best Regards
Stephany Olson
Contributor # 48912778
Added by stephany olson on Oct 19, 2017 11:03 AM
Kenneth Reder
RE: Wilhelmina Scherbarth 84184063

Drahimek and Draheim are both the same place geographically. Before WWII, the German name was Draheim, in county Neustettin, province Pommern. After Russia annexed the so called "eastern provinces" and gave this territory to Poland, the names went into Polish. Only the modern names appear in the drop down menus [and on current maps], forcing one to add a note giving the historically correct administrative divisions elsewhere. In Polish today, the place is called Drahimek, county Szczecinek, province ZachodnioPomorskie. In this case, the divisions actually have not changed, only the language, as:

German Draheim = Polish Drahimek
German Neustettin = Polish Szczinek
German Pommern = Polish Pomorskie
[Zachodnio means Western]

but sometimes the change is even more complicated.

Added by Kenneth Reder on Oct 09, 2017 9:03 AM
Cheryl Carmany Marr
Ruby Burke
Thank you for the photo.
I appreciate it!
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on Sep 25, 2017 7:10 PM
Cheryl Carmany Marr
Ruby Burke
Added by Cheryl Carmany Marr on Sep 25, 2017 7:09 PM
Jessica Chyko
RE: Edgars at Old Rosemont
You are very welcome!! I am so glad when I can find someone that there is no other record for and make the info available. I also found the stone for Harriet Blue & her family, I will add that later. I cleaned it off so it could be read. I may retake the picture of the Edgars too, as the light was making it difficult to read- if I go back at a different time of day, it may come out nicer. My goal is to make that cemetery as close to 100% photographed as I can, so I go back often. If there's anyone else you're looking for, let me know! Thanks!
Added by Jessica Chyko on Sep 16, 2017 1:21 PM
June Phillips
RE: Catherine Harper - Glendale Cemetery, Akron
Hi Zella,

To answer your question, I found Catherine Harper's maiden name on Knox County,Ohio, Vital Records-(1800-1882). It gives her maiden name as Catherine Long. The marriage date is given as 1801 in County Donegal, Ireland.


June Phillips
Added by June Phillips on Sep 16, 2017 8:18 AM
Not so Irish
I just read your profile. I recently had a bad encounter also. Nothing was add to the transfers. I am in total agreement you on decision. They blasted me also about documentation on edits. Thank you for your honesty & work on this site! Notsoirish
Added by Not so Irish on Sep 12, 2017 5:44 PM
Donald Cruse's number
Added by Sharon on Sep 06, 2017 8:46 PM
Can Donald Cruse be transferred to me. My husband and I are going to link his family. Thank you so much.
Added by Sharon on Sep 06, 2017 8:40 PM
Jane G. Nesbitt memorial # 117397077
Jane Gorley Wishard Nesbitt was born per family Bible Oct. 17, 1808.
Added by joy1246 on Aug 26, 2017 12:42 PM
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