Canadian with German parents from Silesia and Transylvania (more on my genealogy website)
My Find-a-Grave contributions focus on memorials with family connections in Canada and USA, and adding memorials and photographs for local cemeteries in West Elgin and Stratford.
West Elgin (Ontario) Cemeteries
Re: Avondale Cemetery, Stratford ON
• Completed Sections *
- full sections: New Soldiers, Blocks A, B, D, J, L, Q (East & West & Central), T, U (North & South), V, W, Ranges 1, 2, 11-12, 14, 19-22, 26 (St. Richard), St. Cecilia, St. Mark, St. Peter, St. John, Pottersfield
- Subsections HH & HHH, Rdwy H&I, Rdwy H, I (Soldiers) & I (Infants), Rdwy L&R (including Easson Mound & Sons of England Mound), Walsh Mound (within St. Patrick Section), IOOF plot (part of Section R), K (Infants)
- 3 Columbariums (Walls, Fields, Christ the King), Garden Mausoleum, & 5 family crypts (Daly, Jamieson, Robinson, Kawalecki, Hamilton)
- Other Projects: "Avondale Notables" (locally significant persons, but not necessarily famous by Find-a-Grave criteria; see virtual cemetery), "Misc Military" (see virtual cemetery), various surnames
* will check for new interments and changes at least once a year
• 2017 In-Progress
- reviewing Section Q (about 70 unmarked names tbd). Winter hiatus for new photos underway (unless there is a really nice day and a specific need).
- working on adding info from other sources
- planning for 2018: E,F,G,M, St. Joseph, etc., C (only unmarked still tbd, complicated by odd plot numbering), remaining missing photos (10 pre-2017 memorials without gravestone photos, all unmarked graves & most "unknown" section and lot). Will be working on photo list for surname projects and keeping up with new memorials.
- review and update of all previously completed sections: done for 2017
- Other Projects
• Note 1: I use the Avondale cemetery database as the source for plot identification. However, there are several reasons for deviating - subsections, errors, multiple markers, omissions - which should be appended to the plot text or marker location. Omissions ("not in cemetery database") are problematic, as they may be due to database errors or name changes (that is, present in database, but not yet identified) or actual burial elsewhere. [FYI The burial register, 1871-1924 accessible at the Stratford-Perth Archives, uses the same section and lot numbering].
• Note 2: When an obituary is still available on an online newspaper or funeral home site, I prefer to just reference a text url. This method (1) respects copyright, (2) does not require me to modify the text to remove the names of the living, (3) does not create an actual clickable link to a outside website, (4) but still provides a source for information used on the memorial and (5) a way for interested visitors to obtain more.
If the online link is defunct, or I've transcribed the obituary from microfilm, I consider enough time has passed that the text can be presented in full, and the source is still credited.
Memorial owners: Please leave a public message (or send an email) if you want my source(s) for corrections I've suggested. The automated set-up makes updating very easy, but communication of details is limited. Please let me know if child links are duplicated when cenotaphs or military memorials are attached to my memorials for parents.