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Gary Hancharik (#47247773)
 member for 7 years, 7 months, 25 days
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Bio Photo I originally stumbled onto Find A Grave in February of 2010 while using Roots Magic genealogy software. At that time, there were only 43 million names in the database.

It was always my desire to organize all of my funeral death cards for my relatives in one location as a shrine to honor them. I decided why not make memorials for them on Find A Grave instead? One by one I entered in all of my relatives. Later, I went back and added personal bio's for as many as I could.

I got into the habit of checking the obits from a newspaper that included my hometown and started creating memorials for folks that lived there, people that worked at National Tube, and former members of my old church. I then defaulted to creating memorials for all of the obits. The newspaper went to a larger format with more surrounding counties listed and it became difficult to put in all of the time required to accomplish this on a daily basis while maintaining a family life.

My focus then switched to doing actual footwork in local cemeteries gathering tombstone photos to post. This is a popular diversion here in the South and almost all of the cemeteries have been documented by a few locals so I concentrated on newer gravesites. Up North, the cemetery that my parents are buried in only had 200 entries at that time. There are probably 50K graves there. I would love to take a weeks vacation to photograph all the graves. I'm not one of these folks that contacts the cemetery office for a master list and then submit an electronic spreadsheet entering in thousands in a second. I like to enter in my memorials the old fashioned way, one at a time, doing as much research to link family members.

There is a feeling of satisfaction being able to create memorials and post photos that will be used by future generations creating family trees or just satisfying their curiosity as to what happened to John Doe, their old schoolteacher, neighbor, or boyfriend?

A portion of my vacation was spent in the summer of 2012 putting two small church cemeteries on the map. I had researched the areas that I was going to visit and found that one of the cemeteries only had one entry while the other showed only 200. Google satellite photos revealed hundreds more so my goal was to document both. My son helped me to photograph the Polish church cemetery in Helmetta, NJ. I had photographed a smaller Ukrainian church cemetery a few miles from his old home in Connecticut. We had driven past that area many times and never knew that there was a cemetery hiding there.

Now, I like to research old newspapers online seeking to create memorials for those that have been long forgotten.

I will honor all memorial transfers outside of the F.A.G. guidelines. You don't even have to be related. I would rather transfer the memorial to someone who knew them and has a genuine desire to maintain their memorial. The only exception on transfers would be a relative but I have transferred several of my memorials to those that were closer related.

Feel free to use any of my photos that I have posted. I'm not going to sit here and thump on my chest claiming that I have "copyrights" on my pictures. If I didn't want to share, then I wouldn't have bothered to take the photo in the first place.

At this time I would like to thank all of you that have visited my memorials and left tokens, flowers and messages. As an example, what are the chances that a total stranger would stop at my folks tombstone in person, not knowing anything about them and proceed to say a few kind words or leave a flower? Zero! I tried to put as many of my relatives on the Online Stroll so you will have the opportunity to learn a little about who they were and bring them to you. I'd also like to thank those folks that provide tombstone photos for my memorials when I haven't even requested them. The system doesn't notify you of this and I only discover this when I am doing maintenance.

I grew up in the Pittsburgh, PA area and have retired and moved from Dallas, TX to Zanesville, OH. Feel free to contact me if I can be of any help with your Find A Grave needs. Some of you already have and I tried to research as much as possible to give you the best answer.

My goal on Find A Grave is to provide as much accuracy as possible. For me, it's not about the numbers. I constantly send edit requests to other members and likewise have received edit requests when new information becomes available.
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Messages left for Gary Hancharik (197)[Leave Message]
RE: Thomas Eugene Phillips
Thanks thought I would check. No thanks on the transfer, thanks for the offer. From what I know he was not a nice man. Was just doing ancestry stuff and I am stuck on my Great grand dad. Thomas's dad. Think I am giving up. Thanks
Added by Phillips on Oct 18, 2017 2:15 PM
Thomas Eugene Phillips
I saw you left Flowers and was wondering if you knew this man or had any info on him. He is my grandfather and died when my dad was 12. He left my grandmother and dad when my dad was a baby, so my dad does not know much about him. I found a death report and it had a Charles f phillips as his dad and a Zelma kilpatrick as his mom. My dad knew Charlie phillips was his grandfather, but Zelma was his mom's name so we think that report was wrong. I can find a Charlie and Hannah that had a son Eugene and that looks right time and area. My wife and I, just did a DNA test and it got me curious about my dads family. Well thanks for any help you might have and for posting his grave site.
Added by Phillips on Oct 16, 2017 11:09 PM
Joseph Deptula
Thank you for the photo of the stone for Joseph Deptula & Anna Chylawaska. I appreciate your time and effort.

Added by eddiemac45 on Aug 28, 2017 11:47 AM
Barret William McAuliffe
Robert Biddle # 72947615
Hi, Gary, would you mind transfering him to me? I am his wife's church friend and she wasn't sure of this page. Thank you, -Barret
Added by Barret William McAuliffe on Aug 10, 2017 12:30 PM
J.C. Hill
RE: porky chedwick memorial
Ok Gary....I'll add the pic I got of his marker...I too listened to Porky back then...His playlist was practically the soundtrack of my a nice man to know...
Added by J.C. Hill on Jul 03, 2017 3:58 PM
J.C. Hill
porky chedwick memorial
hey gary....was looking to add a pic of porky's grave marker that was installed in the last couple of weeks...Find A Grave won't let me add it because the page already has it's limit on photos...was wondering if there might be one or two that couls be replaced by his marker photo...let me know...btw, i'm friends with your cousin Ray who was in the SOC club in the 90's....see him all the time as he is working with Fr. Voss at St. Nicholas....Porky's mem # is 125860835...thanks, Joey Hill
Added by J.C. Hill on Jul 02, 2017 12:04 PM
Marvin & Samme Templin
Bessie Wood
Thanks for filling our request.
Added by Marvin & Samme Templin on Jun 28, 2017 4:28 PM
Edith Whitworth memorial 2954636
Would you please remove the 2 pictures you put on my little sister's grave. I have my own, I would like to put on it. I would appreciate your cooperation, Thanks Charlene Whitworth Mills. I created the memorial and you came along and put your pictures on it.
Added by charliem on May 29, 2017 2:16 PM
Thank you so much
Added by Marianne on May 02, 2017 9:15 PM
Mark Race
RE: Anthony Letuinski
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Appreciate the information on Donna. I never had a chance to meet any of Franks family (Anthony's brother) that I can recall. I am currently waiting on edits on some of the brothers & sisters Find A Grave Memorials, their mother also. Aside from their father I believe the edits will tie all of the family together. I had hoped you were a member of the family but that's all good, just trying to locate Franks father and where he may have been buried. It appears that allot of the family is at East Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown, WV. Perhaps Alexander is there also.

I'll have to take a ride down there in the next couple of months and see if I can find them all. Its time I went and seen Frank & my grandmother anyway.. they are in Waynesburg, Pa.. just north of WV & Morgantown.

Thank you for your response... Mark
Added by Mark Race on Apr 06, 2017 7:24 PM
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