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Melissa Strobel (#47687800)
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Bio Photo I blame my mother for this.

When I was a young girl, my mother was our girl scout troop leader. One of our projects was to learn how to read headstones in a local cemetery. Not only did she get my hooked on genealogy, but I've harbored this love affair with cemeteries ever since.

During my teen years my best friend's house was right next to a cemetery, and take a wild stab at where we spent a lot of time? But I loved those places, and that was where I would go to think things through, or just to have some time to myself. Fortunately I had a boyfriend (now my husband) who was amazingly tolerant of my odd interests, and eventually started to share them. He can read a stone when others would have given it up long before.

I am now a historian by training, and an archivist by profession. When I first found Find A Grave it was in its early years and I didn't have a lot of use for a site that just did "famous" gravesites. During a research stretch I discovered it again, and it appealed to me on several levels. This site seems to solve several "problems" that I've had over the years, mostly involving indexing, photographing and presenting in some coherent fashion graves of one sort or another for one purpose or another. I've enjoyed my stay so far.

My philosophy with this project is: everyone deserves to be remembered. From the oldest to the youngest, the greatest to least. All deserve to have a memorial. I tend to focus on damaged and eroded gravestones, and cemeteries that appear to be "at risk". Generally that means (to me) the places and stones that are quickly eroding, have taken undue amounts of damage due to the environment or vandalism, or are neglected in some other way. Given my background and specialization in early regional history up to the Civil War period, these tend to be what catch my eye as well.

Having said that I'm like a sugared-up kid in a candy store armed with a camera and a notebook when presented with a cemetery of any form. It keeps me out of trouble. Usually.
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ed turco
Jerry Tovo

I found this grave looking for a Jerome Tovo, who was my college professor. The age seems to be right. . .

I read your bio and we are kindred spirits! Take a look at what I did for Arlan Coolidge.

There should never be unmarked graves.


Ed Turco
Added by ed turco on Jun 22, 2017 11:02 AM
Linda (Crago) Stahl
William Smith obit
Melissa, photo turned out just terrible but considering its from 1895 could be expected. However my son is going to try to lighten it or do what we can to make it more legible. Then I will change it. I'm sorry. Your photo there is so nice. Linda
Added by Linda (Crago) Stahl on Jan 14, 2017 5:23 PM
Linda (Crago) Stahl
Unity Cemetery
Melissa, I was looking through an old book of my great great aunts and found a lot of old newspaper clippings. One of them was regarding the death of William Smith, Sr,, who died in 1895. You had added his cemetery information at some point. I was wondering if I had my son crop the piece as required by Find A Grave, would you mind if I added it?
His grave # 119587273
Linda Stahl
Added by Linda (Crago) Stahl on Jan 13, 2017 7:44 PM
Friedt Family Burial Ground
I have been searching for the burial place of my 4th great-grandparents, Abraham Friedt & Maria Mayer for almost 40 years.

I just found their son's Find-a-Grave memorial where you have him buried at a Friedt Family Burial ground somewhere in South Huntingdon Twp. Do you know the exact location of this place? Is it on the road that passes the Hoffman Cemetery and ends at the Jacob's Creek Settlement?

My 3rd great-grandmother (Susanna Freed) married Andrew Rowe and they lived in what was originally the Friedt Farm in their later years and I believe that farm was located along the road described above. Would like to find where my Friedt/Freed ancestors are buried.
Added by Bonisue on Jan 05, 2017 5:55 PM
Antonia Demaris Collins
RE: Rebecca Weaver
Your're so welcome. Thanks for all you do on Find A Grave. Take care, TONI
Added by Antonia Demaris Collins on Jun 14, 2016 4:38 PM
L. Suzanne Kellerman
Frederick Kellerman, Sr

Was greatly surprised at what you had found out about Frederick Kellerman, Sr. Especially his military services as a member of the Specht-Brunswick regiment. Can you search your references with me? Thank YOU. Sue Kellerman
Added by L. Suzanne Kellerman on Apr 05, 2016 3:19 PM
Sandra McLoud
Your post for William Maiers #118731014. The parents died before the children were born? Could these be grandchildren? If so who are the parents?
Added by Sandra McLoud on Mar 22, 2016 9:52 AM
Rachel Gillooly
Jane Kiser
Jane Kiser buried in Pennsylvania do you know if she was married to a Seaborn Abbott at on time. I am working on my moms fathers Abbott Family Tree and trying to find connections. Thanks.
Added by Rachel Gillooly on Mar 01, 2016 11:22 PM
Frank Marsh FAG # 118083193
I sent you an edit for Frank Marsh's parents. His parents Joseph # 129234610 & Mary Ann Mascia # 129234611. Their names are different because somewhere along the line they have changed it many times. Some of the sons kept Mascia, one has Marsh & some use to have Mush. This is my husband's uncle & grand parents. My husbands father was Anthony Wilbur Mascia who is all ready connected to Joseph & Mary Ann. I just wanted to let you know in case you were thinking the edit was wrong because of the different name. Thank You.
Added by NJMascia on Feb 16, 2016 11:06 AM
gene digger
Spahn edits
Thank you for processing the edits for Clair Spahn.
Added by gene digger on Jan 08, 2016 9:57 PM
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