I am from the Philadelphia area, but I also lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and Jacksonville, Florida, for 17 months.
I've enjoyed Find A Grave for several years, but I really started getting into it after my Great Aunt Mary died. Among her things I found hundreds of photographs and historical documents on family members who died before I was born, as well as documents that gave me a new perspective on my grandparents, who raised me but died right after I graduated from high school.
Among the most treasured items I found are volumes of diaries kept by my Aunt Janey, who died of lupus the year before I was born. I wish so much that I could have met her in life.
I am now memorializing my family here on Find A Grave.
Most of my memorials are for my family and friends, but every now and then I will build a memorial for a stranger, someone I read about online or in the news, whose story touched me in some way. If I have added a memorial for your loved one, feel free to add pictures and/or email me if something needs to be corrected in their bio, or if you'd like me to add more information.