Charles Purvis

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Lifelong resident of Louisburg, Kansas. Descendant of the Becker, Smith, Morgan and Purvis families in and around Louisburg, who migrated here from Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

I generally create memorials for relatives and people whom I have known. Sometimes I will add unknown-to-me people whose memorials appear to be falling into disrepair, so as to capture the information while it is still available. Or if I feel they have been overlooked.

Any memorial I've created will be cheerfully transferred unless it's a close relative of mine or dear friend. None of this "you must do this, you must do that, or I won't transfer" nonsense. My goal is to get the memorials I've created into the hands of the deceased's family members, friends, or at least someone who personally knew them.

Don't forget to visit my virtual cemeteries.

7/21/2015 Note on GPS coordinates: Unless you have a map of the cemetery, knowing sections and plots isn't much help in finding a grave. I try to include GPS coordinates in my memorials whenever possible. You do not need a GPS device of any sort to benefit from this; all you have to do is click on the GPS longitude/latitude numbers displayed on a memorial and a Google street map will pop up with a marker showing the grave. It's then best to click on the Google Earth button in the lower left corner of the display so you can see where the grave is located in the cemetery relative to any prominent landmarks such as trees, roads, etc. that may be helpful.

The GPS unit I'm using right now is a Garmin 60CSx unit, which claims to be accurate to within +/- 9 feet most of the time. I have not found it to be that accurate; probably more like 25 to 50 feet. Even at that level of accuracy, you can rule out huge portions of a cemetery in which you do not need to look to find the grave you are seeking. Another quirk is that Find A Grave and Garmin use different formats for GPS coordinates, so I have to convert the Garmin numbers to the F-A-G format, with possibility of error if I make a mistake entering numbers. I usually try to verify that each grave is where I remember finding it. If you find any gross errors, please let me know.

12/18/2016 note on GPS: I've tried using the GPS feature of our iPhone 5s when I didn't have the Garmin with me. It's not accurate at all. Sitting in my house, it doesn't get within 500 feet of the correct location whereas the Garmin nails it. If you try to use a cellphone for GPS coordinates, don't be surprised if you get terrible results.

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