(Updated Oct 21, 2020)
Note: Please see my 'My Personal Rules' about halfway down before contacting me for memorial issues / questions.
Well, 2020 ended up being quite a flop in terms of being able to grave :(
Since my 'favorite' cemeteries are at least 50 miles away, and my wife and I share a car, it's not been a good year for travelling... I had planned on getting up to the Atchison KS area at least 2-3 times this year in order to knock out some of the photo request backlog. We can see where that got me.
The cemeteries that I usually work are:
Mount Vernon (I have a book that lists the burials as of the mid-1980's and itlists quite a few plots, but there are (have been) quite a few errors and missing names)
Oak Hill (I have older copies of the cemetery maps that show the plot owner names)
Sugar Creek Cemetery (I have older copies of the cemetery maps as well as copies of their record books up to a few years ago)
Sugar Creek is mostly photographed (thank you Tom DeBerry) but it is possible that there are still some stones that were missed. I believe Tom goes back every so often, you can contact him and see if he can help with future requests.
If anyone happens to be going to Atchison, KS or over to Sugar Creek Cemetery in Rushville MO and wants some help finding graves, or wants to help knock out the backlog, I have some info (maps, books) on those areas. Let me know what you can do.
I can try to plan on going next year but...
Stay safe, don't do anything I wouldn't do, and have a safe, and Happy Holiday Season :)
My Personal Rules:
NOTE: Effective immediately, please follow the below instructions (if not followed I am not responsible for not doing what you ask... I am a photographer not a researcher):
Note: Please be patient with edits / corrections / emails to me, I am pretty busy and also have medical issues that I'm taking care of.
If it's an edit sent thru the standard Edit system ('fill-in-the-blanks for what needs updated) it will auto process. If you sent me something specific (Suggest any other correction) then it may take me a little bit to get to it.
If you have any 'family' that you'd like transferred, please send me a request thru the Suggest any other edit link on that / those memorial(s) so that I know the correct memorial and the correct Contributor ID to work with. I know it's asking a little bit of time from you but it's how I need to be sure.
One last thing, please: make sure that you know the procedures for using Find A Grave... I don't work with people who just want something against the rules.
Thanks... continue on :)
If anyone is requesting photos at either Mt. Vernon Cemetery or Oak Hill Cemeteries in Atchison, KS., you will need to contact the record keepers for those places in order to get a plot location if one is not on the memorial page. Please see the main cemetery pages for the contact info.
If you happen to see a question mark (?) for the Plot location (or I send you an Edit request to place a ? in the plot field), most likely I have not been able to find that person listed in the burial book I have and the ? is there to indicate that I have looked. It helps when looking at the list later.
EDITS / ADDITIONS:
If you wish to have items added to a memorial or corrections made, you will need to submit those requests through the Edit system. I will not do standard updates through messages or email.
If it is something for the Bio, please write exactly what you wish to be added. I apologize but I don't have time to 'edit' what to add or how to write it, nor should I be the one to have to do so.
Also, if you post (or want to) a photo of an obituary, I really would prefer it to be transcribed and submitted for the Bio through the EDIT system instead. Information in pictures cannot be searched when doing web searches (like Google or Yahoo). Just remember that obituaries are copywrited by someone and that you are assumed to have gotten permission to repost from the owner. This is not my responsibility.
If you send me something and ask if I can add something to the memorial, I will send back a response to Please submit as per my guidelines above which follow the Find A Grave guidelines. Not trying to sound sarcastic but this is a hobby for me and it's not my job to have to edit what you send to me.
If information in any of my memorials doesn't match what you think you know, please read the following and don't send me sarcastic remarks. These will be reported to the Admins.
Almost all of the memorials that I created in Atchison Co (KS) were done from cemetery lists already existing. These lists were created by the Atchison Co KS Historical Society (or the Atchison County Kansas Genealogy Society) back in the 1980's. Any responsibility for errors in the basic memorial information is to be put on those Societies.
Also, I did not have management of my memorials for a period of time so I do not know what was done about entering in information, and the person who had possession has passed. Any questions about information entered on a memorials that wasn't from the lists was either due to that person updating or edits sent in by other users.
I do not do any research or add any information myself other than to correct info (unless it's family), so if there is information on a memorial that is incorrect, 99% of the time it is not due to me. Do not yell at me for this.
If anyone needs to contact me about any of my previous work (or info that was on my profile before), please feel free to email me.
Have a safe! and happy holiday season :)
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