J McL

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I fell into this ancestry thing many yrs ago when a cousin in Brazil asked for the dates of our grandmother's birth & death. It snowballed from there into family trees, etc. and researching our history, both for my husband and myself. Then when I began photographing graves, someone from RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) told me if I was doing my family graves then it would benefit others to photograph graves in the same cemetery! So another hobby was born as if I didn't have enough to do anyway! I find cemeteries restful, interesting and peaceful on a sunny day...and this gives me a chance to have a hobby that I am passionate about that I can work on at my own pace. Thanks to all the Find A Grave volunteers!
By the way, I am very pleased to make links, suggestions & transfers that are reasonable.

Please keep requests within the Findagrave transfer policy... namely parents, siblings, grand & great grandparents or 1st generation aunts & uncles. Yet if you care enough to ask for a transfer for a relative/dear friend to make links & bio I will honor it. I was recently denied a transfer request of my fathers sister from non-family as my Aunt was a friend of her mother & she prefers to keep her". ? ! ? Not nice!


I try to do the best I can with photos but our weather in Oregon is a bit 'iffy' & in particular is wet & soggy. Many of the graves are covered in mud or wet when I photo. Or at Mt.Calvary Cemetery there are the steep hills that I try not to stumble & roll down while photographing the stones! If you want to take a better photo you are always welcome to add it to my entry, tell me, & I can delete my picture.

"Die Liebe Horet Nimmer Auf" - translated from German - The Love Never Ends

I think we breath life into all who have gone before by hunting for ancestors. Wouldn't it be nice to have everyone on Find A Grave linked to at least one family member! Impossible goal but worthy of a 'go for it'.

~DEAR ANCESTOR~
Your tombstone stands among the rest,
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
Author Unknown.....

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