**UPDATE: My mother had a major stroke in the Spring of 2017 and I have become her full time caretaker. So please understand and be patient if you contact me and I don't get right back to you, if you don't hear from me within a reasonable amount of time, please email me again. Thanks!**
**First, If you suggest an edit without giving me information to prove that edit, I won't change it because I don't know if it's correct - see more towards the end of my profile**
Also, I appreciate and love the addition of photos to my memorials, but please don't add pictures of paperwork such as birth/death certificates, headstone applications, etc., without checking with me first . And PLEASE let me know when you add photos, I would LOVE to know it's there so I can admire it. Example: I have a memorial for a great aunt who died in a very tragic way, I knew the cemetery she was buried in, but was told there was no marker. There IS one! And it's on her memorial now, but it was TWO YEARS before I accidentally discovered someone had found it and put a photo there! And it's so nice to be able to put a picture of a face to the person, so please let me know?
I've been fascinated with the look, feel and history of cemeteries since I was a little girl. As I grew up and became interested in my family history and genealogy, I began to appreciate the information found in cemeteries. In the early 1990s I discovered the lower Jerome cemetery in Clarkdale, Arizona and witnessed the sad loss of a forgotten, uncared for cemetery that had nearly disappeared back into the ground. Returning years later, I discovered some caring people of the community had saved what was left of the cemetery and I was able to document as much as was left.
When I discovered FindAGrave, I thought it was an incredible idea to document cemeteries before they are lost or destroyed, and I realized what an invaluable genealogy resource it could be. I had already enjoyed a hobby of walking through cemeteries and taking pictures, I just had no idea that like minded people had created entire websites dedicated to the pursuit!But I was busy raising my family and didn't have time to document, so I just lurked for a few years,and enjoyed. Now I do what I can, and have even added my husband and children under the RedDirtSurfer umbrella as assistants in documenting and photographing, often making a family day of it.
My family thinks I'm crazy as much as I enjoy walking through cemeteries, taking pictures, researching, connecting families and documenting. I love it, because it helps save a piece of history and connect people to their loved ones. I also love discovering the history beyond the name and dates, saving a little piece of who that person once was. I often come across the most fascinating people and stories! I'm particularly fascinated and fond of the old cemeteries in Yavapai County, Arizona where pioneers have disappeared amid the crumbling ruins of what is left. Families who lost SO many babies, mothers who died in childbirth or carried the family when their husbands died, outlaws, lawmen, founders of the cities and state...so many stories and history lost. I like to research and document stories about the people I create memorials for in order to preserve a little of that lost history for us and to tell people a little more about their ancestors if they happen to come across them.
I don't enjoy the competitiveness, collecting numbers without thought. I witnessed first hand the pain caused to a family who lost 2 of their young teenagers in a tragic accident, and discovered in an internet search that there were already memorials on this website before they even buried their children, because of people who create memorials as soon as an obituary is printed in the paper.
I will transfer memorials to family members per FAG requirements if you can tell me how you're related. Any other relation, I will consider as long as they aren't a relation to me.
I absolutely appreciate corrections, additions, and stories to add to my memorials. Please don't use the 'edit' tab to change/edit information, unless you use the "suggest any other correction" choice, because that allows for you to write a personal note along with the informaiton.I'd rather have a message or email explaining the change or correction along with the reason why and some kind proof, even if it's just because it's your grandpa & you know his name better than I do :D. If you suggest an edit without giving me a reason why, I won't change it. I don't think I'm being difficult, I've just had wrong information submitted to memorials before. If you email me, please put something in the subject line so I know it's about FAG, or I won't open it.
I don't mind if you use my pictures for your personal use, as long as you give credit where it belongs. If it's a picture that has print on the picture, contact me and I would be happy to share an unaltered photo with you.