Diane Nichols

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I have been interested in family history and the history of O'Hara Township for many years. I am a stockholder of Greenwood Cemetery, on the Board of Managers, secretary to the Board of Managers and historian for Greenwood Cemetery in O'Hara Township, Allegheny County PA, near Sharpsburg and Pittsburgh.

The main list of facts for all memorials will be the burial permits filled out by the local funeral home and the state of PA death certificates. In some cases, the dates of birth are from the SSDI, Social Security Death Index, however there are inconsistencies within that file which may not agree with state of PA data, so help me with specific dates if you can. A few dates of birth come from military records. Other files may contain dates of birth which need to be confirmed, but were the best information available at the time of death.

If a memorial states "No Tombstone" please do NOT request a tombstone photo unless you KNOW (as in you paid for)that one has been placed within the last 6 months. ALL existing tombstones in Greenwood have been photographed and added at the time the memorial was created.

There is another Greenwood Cemetery in the Pittsburgh region, near Lower Burrell. If you have trouble finding a person in our Greenwood, please check the other one too. All burial sites within our Greenwood are labeled with Section 1 - 20, along with Section A, just created. If you find a burial site labeled as "Garden of -----" or higher section numbers, it is not our Greenwood.

I am now restricting information available on certain memorials. From 1944 on, no cause of death will be listed. The parents of children will not be named, as it is possible that immediate family members are still living. After 1966, no personal info will be posted. No dates will be changed on the memorials without official proof that there are documents which show a different date. All info is from the state of PA and the US government after 1906.

Please understand that there are many people out there with the same name as the person you are researching. So don't send info if you have not identified the person extensively with other information.

I have had heart surgery and in the future, I will not be doing any extensive research. I am unable to trapse around the hills looking for stones that are not there. PLEASE read the memorial. If it says "No tombstone" there is no tombstone. I will not take pictures of grass. Every few months I go to the cemetery office to catch up on recent burials. A list of new stones is given to me. I will do what I can, but it will be limited to paper work and a few photos.

If you are one of those who create few memorials, and research no families local to your area, please do not police my memorials. I have been contacted by a few people whose mission in life is to find fault with others who actually do the work. I have no time for nit-picking. You should work on providing new information for those thousands of people who are not recorded.

I have accepted the rules of Find A Grave requesting that children who are unnamed be referred to as infant. I don't care if it is capitalized. It isn't a name. I don't care if your preference is that the child is referred to as "son", "daughter", etc. If the child is referred to as a boy or girl (many are not), I will include it AS IT APPEARS in cemetery records. The information comes from official state of PA records, and changing the name may influence how researchers may be able to find additional information in local and state records.

With the advent of COVID, all work at the cemetery has been temporarily stopped for me. When I receive a vaccine, I will continue the work.

I have been interested in family history and the history of O'Hara Township for many years. I am a stockholder of Greenwood Cemetery, on the Board of Managers, secretary to the Board of Managers and historian for Greenwood Cemetery in O'Hara Township, Allegheny County PA, near Sharpsburg and Pittsburgh.

The main list of facts for all memorials will be the burial permits filled out by the local funeral home and the state of PA death certificates. In some cases, the dates of birth are from the SSDI, Social Security Death Index, however there are inconsistencies within that file which may not agree with state of PA data, so help me with specific dates if you can. A few dates of birth come from military records. Other files may contain dates of birth which need to be confirmed, but were the best information available at the time of death.

If a memorial states "No Tombstone" please do NOT request a tombstone photo unless you KNOW (as in you paid for)that one has been placed within the last 6 months. ALL existing tombstones in Greenwood have been photographed and added at the time the memorial was created.

There is another Greenwood Cemetery in the Pittsburgh region, near Lower Burrell. If you have trouble finding a person in our Greenwood, please check the other one too. All burial sites within our Greenwood are labeled with Section 1 - 20, along with Section A, just created. If you find a burial site labeled as "Garden of -----" or higher section numbers, it is not our Greenwood.

I am now restricting information available on certain memorials. From 1944 on, no cause of death will be listed. The parents of children will not be named, as it is possible that immediate family members are still living. After 1966, no personal info will be posted. No dates will be changed on the memorials without official proof that there are documents which show a different date. All info is from the state of PA and the US government after 1906.

Please understand that there are many people out there with the same name as the person you are researching. So don't send info if you have not identified the person extensively with other information.

I have had heart surgery and in the future, I will not be doing any extensive research. I am unable to trapse around the hills looking for stones that are not there. PLEASE read the memorial. If it says "No tombstone" there is no tombstone. I will not take pictures of grass. Every few months I go to the cemetery office to catch up on recent burials. A list of new stones is given to me. I will do what I can, but it will be limited to paper work and a few photos.

If you are one of those who create few memorials, and research no families local to your area, please do not police my memorials. I have been contacted by a few people whose mission in life is to find fault with others who actually do the work. I have no time for nit-picking. You should work on providing new information for those thousands of people who are not recorded.

I have accepted the rules of Find A Grave requesting that children who are unnamed be referred to as infant. I don't care if it is capitalized. It isn't a name. I don't care if your preference is that the child is referred to as "son", "daughter", etc. If the child is referred to as a boy or girl (many are not), I will include it AS IT APPEARS in cemetery records. The information comes from official state of PA records, and changing the name may influence how researchers may be able to find additional information in local and state records.

With the advent of COVID, all work at the cemetery has been temporarily stopped for me. When I receive a vaccine, I will continue the work.

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