I am a woman in her mid 60's, helping others with whatever I can do from home, due to health issues. I love helping to make Find A Grave a pleasant and helpful experience for their site visitors. I have been a member of this site since July 3, 2011, but have really gotten into things more, now that I am retired. I am a native of Colorado, who has never lived outside the state. I love researching family trees for my family (Meade-Brehm, Fitzgerald and much more), my boyfriend of 20+ years (Johnson) family, friends and many times even total strangers, if they need a helping hand.
Please feel free to visit my virtual cemeteries, especially the Family cemetery. It will show you members of the family who are close to either myself, or my boyfriend. The other virtual cemeteries have many different types of people in them. I have added a blurb to most explaining who the people are that are in them. There is even one for some famous animals.
This type of volunteer work is extremely rewarding and makes me feel like I am providing a great service to others. Some people may not have the time and/or patience to dig as deeply into a search, which I have learned needs to be done on some occasions. I not only research my own family, but am willing to assist other memorial managers who have lots of memorials, doing research for the memorials they manage, and requesting photos if they are needed. I do this because it is what I enjoy, and my way of paying tribute to not only people I know, but also those whose memorials that just need and deserve a little TLC.
My two major achievements to date has been reuniting a set of 1 year old deceased twins, born in 1850. They are buried in Oakland Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia and their parents were in the military. The parents moved on to other places after their kids were buried, and were eventually laid to rest in Michigan. I also found the twins younger brother and a sister as well, and they are all united together now here on Find-A-Grave. You can see and read more about Henry and Ann Elizabeth Booker by following the link in my virtual Oakland Cemetery.
The other one would be a young soldier who was killed in Vietnam during the war, in a helicopter crash. I am a big NASCAR fan, and they honor Veteran's every weekend they race. However, they have a special tribute they do on Memorial Day weekend. Each race car on the track and many of the track vehicles, like the pace car, honor a fallen soldier. The cars bear the name of that person, and their family members are invited by NASCAR and the teams, to be their guest at the track for the tribute, often sitting on the team pit box. I watched practice and qualifying to get the names of each one being honored and I made a Virtual Cemetery album honoring them. A couple of them were missing gravesite photos, so I put in requests to ask a volunteer photographer to go out and take a photo and add it to their memorial.
John Patrick Bartone, was one of those missing a photo and the photographer went above and beyond his duty when he found that Bartone was NOT buried where the Find-A-Grave memorial indicated. He used to work for the government and decided he wanted to find this young man, so he kept going to cemeteries in the Hampton area until he found him at Parklawn, got the photos and explained what he had done. The US Veteran's Affairs manages the memorial, so I knew I had my work cut out for me getting the cemetery changed to the proper location. After edit requests and emails, the cemetery was finally changed in mid-September. Thanks go out to the photographer, and Find-A-Grave for their parts in helping me get this young man listed in the proper cemetery.
If you need me to make modifications to a memorial or want me to transfer a memorial that I manage, please let me know. As long as they are not a family member, I will be happy to transfer outside the Find-A-Grave "guidelines". Please feel free to send a message if you just have a question, or make your request via the edit and suggest edit options. I check my email and come here daily, so I should be able to get back to you within 24 hours.Thank you and enjoy your time at Find-A-Grave.*courthousedeb on both Find-A-Grave and Ancestry
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