Steven Keller

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Greetings enthusiasts! A retired librarian, I love research and genealogy. My specialization is transcribing cemeteries of Roman Catholic religious (priests, monks, nuns and sisters) and Anglo Boer War dead.

I am of the opinion that cemeteries are places to honor and remember the dead; they are also places of healing and forgiveness. Our faith tells us that individuals who die in God's grace are part of the "Communion of Saints" -- to this end we need to approach this work with much reverence.

Fidelium animæ, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

All ye, who would honor
The saints and their Head,
Remember, remember,
To pray for the dead;
And they in return,
From their misery freed,
To you will be friends
In the hour of need.
Notes for Anglo Boer War enthusiasts:

I use the casualty rolls as primary source material. While errors do occur on these rolls, they prove to be much more accurate than most of the memorial markers.

The original marble/stone memorials, where they exist, are quite accurate. When these memorials were replaced with the iron crosses many errors crept in -- after examining hundreds of these crosses, my estimation is that close to 75% of them contain errors.

Trooper, Rifleman and Private are used synonymously in the casualty rolls. If the memorial is inscribed "Trooper XXX" and the casualty roll lists "Private", I use "Private" in the FAG Rank field and try to list "Trooper" in the Bio field.

It is a great privilege for me to enter these brave men into the FAG database and I strive to be as accurate as possible.

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