1st-I don't chase the obituaries of the "recently deceased" & the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated;so with these facts in mind- Remember,"Genealogy Without Documentation is Mythology";
"If You Can't Prove It,Don't Claim It As Fact"
and don't forget our Grandmas favorite euphemisms..."Saying,Thank You,Opens Many Unexpected Doors."
After the great age of using only pen,paper,stamps & libraries to do research work,I discovered the INTERNET & started working online as a local volunteer with the original "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness/RAOGK" website operated by Doc & 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 & the USGenWeb Project in Pennsylvania. With over 39 years experience as a genealogical history researcher;creating memorials here on FindAGrave 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.
When using this website as a Genealogical Tool-PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SOURCES ALONG WITH YOUR SUBMITTED EDITS TO ME USING THE 6th EDIT OPTION ENTITLED "Suggest any other correction or addition". Long form sometimes land in my SPAM file,if you don't hear from me in a few days,email me direct.
My main objectives:
Photograph our local cemeteries,locate lost burials & follow up with extra researched information to add to the memorials I have had the honor to create here on FindAGrave. All verified sources are listed at the bottom of the memorial bio,which I put there for the convenience of others using this website.
I have named a few memorials based on their uniqueness;some are damaged,broken or have no identifying surnames;doing so is to help others "Find these unknown named burials" within a cemetery and within this online database
For the folks who use this site & continue to share the information they find freely with everyone,you have the neverending 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 members of this site are volunteers,for entries & photo requests.They spend their time & 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 & 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 & other multiple sources.
IT'S 1st COME 1st SERVED REGARDING ALL TRANSFER REQUESTS - Explain your complete relationship & we'll go from there.Keep in mind,simply stating that someone is in your "family tree" doesn't entitle you to anything.
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 a Flower!
If I have made a mistake or you would like me to add something please let me know through the edit tab for that memorial & include your information along with your valid sources.
DUPLICATE MEMORIALS & CEMETERIES:
Before entering a new memorial,I always verify 1st that memorial for an individual does not already exist. I do the same thing when looking for a particular Cemetery Database listed on FindAGrave. In turn, I ask all contributors not to create duplicates of any existing original memorials & to search thru the current cemetery database in the county you may be working before creating a new cemetery or memorial. Duplicate cemeteries & memorials are at risk of being merged when found;which is as it should be according to FindAGrave guidelines. If any contributor decides to remove their photos from a duplicate memorial or cemetery that they created that is their decision. It's also their option to leave their photos in place.
Remember...Sources,citations,friendly conversations & discussions are always welcome!
- Regarding my grave stone photos, they may not be modified/altered in any way.When used in other internet venues please use the photo source citation by referencing "Find A Grave" or www.findagrave.com along with my name & contributor number in the Description.
>> I want folks to use my photos BUT they must also include the above information as a SOURCE <<
Other photos of documents which I have added fall within the Public Domain & Fair Usage Laws-I also have obtained all of the required permissions to use those items in this venue.
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."
Thank you,to my good friend,Donna H.
Need local help...email me!
I LIVE in JEFFERSON COUNTY TOO!
I'm here to help in any way I can.
LOCAL CEMETERY UPDATES
CALVARY CEMETERY ~ PUNXSUTAWNEY
As of July 2012, all 9 sections have been photographed & uploaded to the cemetery database. There are 100s 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 & additional work is being conducted to identify these burials.
Happy Hunting Everyone !!