Update-1 January 2022 -
I'm not yelling :)
Please note: Any negative comments submitted will be forwarded to Find A Grave. NO EDITS WILL BE MADE WITHOUT SOURCES.
ALL SUGGESTED EDITS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ACCURATE VIEWABLE SOURCES - ANYONE WISHING TO SEE THEIR EDITS APPROVED CAN SEND ME THE SOURCES VIA EMAIL OR AN SAC - REFUSING TO SHARE YOUR SOURCES WILL RESULT IN YOUR EDITS BEING DENIED . Dropping short notes to me via "suggest another correction" - making suggested statements without anything to back up your information along with no contact information back to you means - I will delete your message - If you have the time to send me something - send your sources too. Trust is earned - it's not an entitlement .
Some May Wonder...Who Am I ?
After the great age of using only pen ,paper, stamps and far away libraries to do research work , then along came the INTERNET ! I started working online as a local volunteer with the original "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness/RAOGK" website operated by Doc and Bridget Schneider, working with them for over 10 yrs until the site ceased operations. I've continued as a volunteer researcher, contributor, Cemetery Transcriber on Rootsweb ,Pa-Roots and the USGenWeb Project in Pennsylvania. With over 50 years experience as a genealogical history researcher; creating memorials here on FindAGrave is a wonderful opportunity . To me this isn't a race, It's a quest to create accurate, useful meaningful memorials for those who have gone before us , for all who find them here. I've been honored to work here with many really wonderful people ; I will continue to share these memorials with their rightful family members and with my various cousins.
Keep In Mind...
The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated - Although SERIOUSLY - I've been very busy keeping my own real loved ones from dying !
I don't chase the obituaries of the recently deceased-except when it involves my own family members or close family friends.
So with these facts in mind...
1st-- Remember this , "Genealogy Without Documentation is Mythology" and "If You Can't or Won't Prove It ,Don't Claim It As Fact "
My Grandmas favorite ..."Saying , Please and Thank You, Opens Many Unexpected Doors".
2nd. A word of advice from this memorial manager-Always check, double check and recheck all research which is presented to you by everyone. Never take anyone's research as being 100% factual without 1st reviewing the information for yourself 1st. Take all offerings of additional information with thanks and always verify with supported documentation from multiple sources and list your sources. With this...
3rd- I request that anyone posting family photos, Birth records, Death records, Marriage records and Obituaries to memorials that I manage PLEASE use the caption area for those photos & records to cite the full and complete source citation- for example: You decide to post a family photograph-type the persons full name ;the location where the photo was taken and the estimated date that the original photo was taken-keep in mind ,if your photo comes from your personal photo collection and if you don't want to see it someplace else on the internet...don't post it to a public memorial. Please -do not post photos that don't belong to you personally...so what if you borrowed or lifted a persons photo from someone's family tree...don't post it on a memorial that I manage unless you have explicit written permission from the photo owner to use that photo anyway you choose to use it. You also risk getting banned from the site for violating copyright rules . A proper source citation for a birth or death certificate would be ,for example- Pennsylvania Death Certificate Number -XXXX; Department of Vital Records; Harrisburg ,PA. not Ancestry .com or FamilySearch .org If you have an obituary for a person ,I will accept photos when the name of the newspaper ;the town, county, state it was published and the date it was published. As of today, obituaries that were published BEFORE 1927 fall in the Public Domain and are no longer under copyright laws and can be used freely by all. All obituaries published AFTER 1927 must be transcribed for inclusion in a memorial biography minus all information pertaining to any living person named in that obituary ,except for surviving spouses. If you don't want to transcribe a copyright obituary-email it to me and I will gladly do the work for you and credit you for sharing the information. So ,the bottom line with this is...
I will not do any updates that are requested if I can't verify them. I may also ask for proof of that edit. If you have a problem with sending proof then the edit will be declined. There are so many people trying to add what they think is correct when it is not.
4th- Now if you feel you are better than everyone else and following my requests is beneath you...don't bother posting your photos and documents...keep in mind-if you send edits without the proper necessary source citations...your edits could be denied !
5. Please refer back to what I wrote earlier - Keep In Mind...
SERIOUSLY - I've been very busy keeping my own real loved ones from dying ! So, I really refuse to take any crap from certain pompus a$$holes who do nothing but lie and cheat their way thru OUR LIVES-Kudos to that guy from Central PA - Many of us have you pegged - you aren't fooling anyone !
For the folks who use this site and continue to share the information they find freely with everyone ,you have the never ending gratitude of 1000s of researchers who use this site on a daily basis. I think playing together nicely in the genealogy sandbox takes into account spotlighting the good work others are doing. Remember the active members of this site are volunteers for entries and photo requests. They spend their time and their money to do this out of a shared passion for family history;we do this freely in order to memorialize those who have gone before us - our family members and our friends.
BEWARE of transcriptions seen published or online-Many innocent mistakes have been found in many popular published works...I've walked these cemeteries & I verify against burial records and other multiple sources.
IT'S 1st COME 1st SERVED REGARDING ALL TRANSFER REQUESTS - Explain your complete relationship and we'll go from there. Keep in mind, simply stating that someone is in your "family tree" doesn't entitle you to anything - no matter what you say - you can't own every dead persons memorial in the county. Create a Virtual Cemetery to gather everyone together.
I will not transfer memorials for folks who are related to my own family lines.
The Flower Token option is for saying things like "I loved you" or "We Miss You" ,it's not for OBIT or EDITS to memorials ,it's just as easy to send me the Edit and then add a Flower !
If I have made a mistake...remember I'm human too... or you would like me to add something please let me know through the edit tab for that memorial - don't forget to include your valid sources !!
Any rude or condescending attitudes and remarks will immediately be reported to the web sites administration team - just be polite all the time - it makes all our lives so much easier :D
Remember...Sources, citations, friendly conversations and discussions are always welcome! If you can't be Friendly and if you act like a pompous idiot...don't bother me or anyone else for that matter and go away ....FindAGrave is a friendly community !
Philippians 2:3 & 4
"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interest of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ."
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LOCAL CEMETERY UPDATES
CALVARY CEMETERY ~ PUNXSUTAWNEY
As of July 2012, all 9 sections have been fully photographed and uploaded to the cemetery database. There are 1000s of unmarked burials there. Additional work is being conducted to identify those burials.
CIRCLE HILL CEMETERY
A full photo survey was COMPLETED in Oct 2010.
There are 1000s of unmarked burials there and additional work is being conducted to identify these burials.
Be Safe and Happy Hunting Everyone !!
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