Active member. I caught the genealogy bug spring of 2010 and have learned quite a lot in a short period of time. I am a very curious person and love learning about local history, customs, geography and a host of other topics that genealogy offers. Please feel free to use any photographs that I have taken for your family history archive, but make note of Find A Grave Memorial # and give photo credit to arborvitae. If you come across someone that you're directly or distantly related to on my page, PLEASE do write me a message. We just might be able to share some helpful information with each other. If you notice that I have made a mistake or an omission, PLEASE do let me know and if possible give me your source.Please don't leave biographical information in the flower section. Submit this information via the EDIT tab feature. I am very responsive to edits and updates and usually take less than a week to research and add updates I receive.I highly recommend that you send any bio corrections through the Find A Grave EDIT tab and make sure to click the box to get an email copy of the request. Also, create a special mailbox to drag these emails into. This is an effective way to keep track of what you have submitted and follow up 30 days later if no update was made. Find A Grave allows 30 days for updates to be done. If the person managing the memorial does not make the change or tell you why they are declining it, you can forward that copy of your request to edit @ findagrave dot com to be updated at their discretion directly. Sometimes Find A Gravers are inactive or unresponsive for a number of reasons. If you leave bio updates on someone's wall, firstly it is more cumbersome for the other person especially if they manage thousands of memorials AND you will not be able to remember and follow up on your request! Another tip is to make sure you Cc: yourself on the email when you forward that email to Find A Grave. That way you can make sure they make the change. Many times I have had to send it twice since it got lost in the shuffle and was not done. I also drag those into my Find A Grave mailbox with the rest. Many thanks to the volunteers on Find A Grave who have helped me along the way with either a photograph, cemetery readings that led me to locate family or a local archive look up. Paying it forward! Everyone has a vital role on Find A Grave and mine is maintaining and updating memorials that I have added for direct and very distant kin and families by marriage of my cousins as well as those I come across and figure out I am not related. It is hard for me to just let good data go to the wayside without sharing it by adding a memorial to this site. If I see families are not linked up, I will take the time to do so even if I am not related. More about details/content than the number of memorials added. All types of volunteer work on here is needed and appreciated! It is helpful if FAG members add something to their bio if they are going to be unreachable by email or messaging longer than a month or two if possible.PLEASE NOTE: I greatly appreciate when others leave flowers on my memorials especially related descendants! I prefer simple, conservative flowers/images especially for the older graves. Thank you kindly for your understanding.
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