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I had always had a passing interest in genealogy but ,with the internet, it recently has blossomed into a passion. It is like the best mystery novel you ever read - you just can't put it down and you wish it would never end. Well, this book never ends! There is always another trail. The pursuit of my ancestors has lead to an even greater bond with my living relatives. We each recount family lore that the other has forgotten and off we go on another adventure as a new lead sparks our interest.

Findagrave is a wonderful tangible resource for genealogical research. As we view a head stone we find ourselves standing where our ancestors stood as they buried a loved one. And often the inscription on the stone transmits their emotion across decades, even centuries. Findagrave provides a kind of genealogical field work that goes beyond a stuffy court house records room. How wonderful is that?!

The following cemeteries have been photographed in their entirety (as of the date listed) by myself & other Find A grave members:

*Ovando Cemetery, Powell Co., MT (2013)

*Valley Cemetery (AKA "New Chicago Cemetery"), Drummond, Granite Co., MT (2013)

*Philipsburg Cemetery, Granite Co., MT: Blocks 1-21, 27 - 29 have been photographed by several Find A Grave volunteers. Blocks 9, 10, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 appear to have no stones (Summer 2014).

*Saint Thomas Cemetery, Helmville, Powell Co., MT (AKA the "Catholic Cemetery") (May 2014)

*Moore Cemetery, Helmville, Powell, Co., MT (July 2, 2014) This cemetery is very overgrown and has numerous temporary markers that are not readable. Therefore, many burials can not be documented with photographs. No accurate written records are believed to exist.

Any missing burials could be the result of human error, missing or buried stones, or the deceased may not have had a stone. If the memorial you are interested in has no headstone photo please DO request the photo even if the entire block has been photographed. It is very easy to miss a stone and a second look might find it.

The following cemeteries have been loaded by me from the cemetery records in their entirety, including burials that have no stone (however, burials listed as "unknown" were not transcribed). Every effort has been made to avoid duplicating existing memorials:

*Valley Cemetery, Drummond, Granite Co., MT (2013)

*Philipsburg Cemetery, Granite Co., MT(records through 2005)

*Moore Cemetery (AKA the Protestant Cemetery) Helmville, Powell Co., MT. Note that the records are very incomplete and the date they were compiled is unknown. There are numerous unmarked graves and graves only marked with a metal cross.

*St. Thomas Cemetery (Helmville, MT) The records procured by this author are incomplete and the date they were compiled is unknown. A more comprehensive record of the burials is believed to exist but obtaining it has been difficult.

An effort was made to stay true to the original records. However, the originals, as well as later transcriptions of the old records, contained errors and omissions. Some typographical errors are obvious and corrections have been made during transcription to Find A Grave. Other errors and alternative spellings were not corrected. As with any transcription project, new errors and omissions might have been introduced when the cemetery records were transcribed to Find A Grave. Corrections are welcome.

I will gladly transfer management of my memorials (except family) to anyone who knows more about the person than I, even if your relationship falls outside of Find A Grave mandatory transfer guidelines.

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