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e-mail: archangel505 at yahoo dot com
I work with Obit City, and also maintain several websites, including a private one with my own cemetery transcriptions. I am also a professional journalist. Find A Grave is one of many online sites to which I've donated information. As my work duties increase, I'll be adding fewer entries to this site, but I'm still around if you need anything.
I'm glad to transfer memorials (save for the few I wish to hang onto for my own loved ones). But please help me out here. If seeking a transfer, please give me the Find A Grave memorial number AND your own contributor number. PLEASE make sure the numbers are correct, as people frequently send me wrong numbers. Don't send a vague note demanding that I transfer your aunt's memorial to you and then expect me to guess which one of my over 15,000 Find A Grave entries your aunt might be, while making me hunt down your contributor number on top of it. This is happening far too often. Thanks!
NOTE: If you are going to submit endless changes to one of my memorials, then please just ask for a transfer. Then you can easily edit it yourself whenever it suits you. There are people asking me to make constant changes to entries, and it's becoming too much to keep up with.
NOTE: I do not know the vast majority of the people whose names I submit here. I probably don't know 99% of them. At least. The information comes from public records.
NOTE: Don't send massive hunks of data and expect me to do anything about it. Please do the polite thing and send small portions of information at a time. When I complete one task, I can tackle another. Receiving it all at once is simply too overwhelming.
NOTE: If you're asking for date corrections for a memorial, please don't send a note saying, "Check dates against headstone." Many of these headstone pictures are too small or too blurred for me to read. Seriously, please stop doing this. Just tell me the dates you want changed instead of referring me to a photo.
NOTE: If you want me to add/change locations for a person's birth or death, fine, but I'm not a geography detective. Please don't make me guess what county all these U.S. towns are in. If you give me a city, then also specify the county. I don't have time to play a game of "Guess That County" every time someone needs a correction made.
NOTE: Please stop asking me to transfer entire cemeteries. I'm getting a lot of notes like, "I think I'm related to a few people at _____ Cemetery, so just send me everybody you've got." I'm glad to transfer a few people, but I've had requests to transfer over a hundred people at once. Please don't do that. If you want me to do something for you, please make your directions plain and give it to me in small amounts. I can transfer multiple people, but as ever, don't ask for over five at a time. Rude notes like "Gimme that whole cemetery and hurry up with it!" are not going to get a response from me anymore.
Many people have sent me e-mails hailing me as a long-lost relative simply because I've added one of their relatives to Find A Grave, or even because I left a virtual flower. I'll admit I'm a little baffled by this. However, if you wish to claim the likes of me as a relative, I'm proud.
But the truth is, I'm adopted, and haven't a clue as to who I'm related to. I only recently found out the name of one of my biological parents. That's a huge step. What I'm saying is that I'm not one of these people who can trace roots back to the Stone Age. I do have step-relatives whose families I'd enjoy knowing more about, though. My own genealogy is an impossible task, but that doesn't mean I can't do my little part to help with someone else's.
Most of the information I have here is of the bare-bones variety, and came from library books, newspapers, word of mouth, family Bibles, tombstones, and all manner of public records. I just put it online, whether here or on the other numerous sites to which I've contributed, and move on with my life. I don't keep records around. What you see is what you get. If I had more information, I'd have added it.
I was on this site for over 6 years before putting anything on this page other than my e-mail address, but felt I finally needed to address issues that are coming up over and over again.
I'm pretty easy to talk to. If you want to drop a line and just say "hello", you can do that.
If you want to approach me about a relative whose name I've put on here, that's fine, but please understand that I know next to nothing about the subject of genealogy, that I'm probably not going to be able to fill in gaps in your family history, that I only actually know a very tiny handful of the people whose names I've added here, that I can't tell you the history of cemeteries thousands of miles away from my home, and that I'm not psychic, either (in other words, if you want me to do something, please tell me in plain English what it is rather than expecting me to read your mind). Oh, and of course, rude e-mails are instantly deleted.
My one big hope is that any of the information I've provided here at Find A Grave, on Obit City, or anywhere else is useful to someone. And from the e-mails I've received, it seems that it has been. For that, I am both glad and grateful.
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