I grew up in Michigan and Indiana, but moved to sunny Southern California many years ago after college.
I've been working on my family genealogy for many years and I love to "hunt for dead relatives" in the cemeteries when I am back home. I have taken lots of headstone photos over the years and finding Find-A-Grave gave me a way to share them with people that are actually interested in them. I think it is especially important to photograph and record the old graves before they reach the point of being unreadable and lost.
Find-A-Grave has also helped to connect me with some distant relatives to share lots of photos and information.
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(1) I am working on a long and arge project of going through all the Pleasant View Cemetery (Petersburg, Monroe Co., MI) records held by the Summerfield Twp Clerk to update the records in Find A Grave. I am adding pages when needed and requesting pages be removed when the people are not actually buried there. I am also looking up info and adding it to the others that are already there. Then, I am providing the data back to the Twp Clerk so they can update their records where they have missing or incorrect data.
The majority of the burials with headstones already have Find A Grave pages. Most of the burials without stones don't have pages. That is the original reason why I started this project. I have a lot of family buried there and many of the old ones don't have stones.
The project will take quite a while, but I am enjoying it and find lots of satisfaction in doing it.
(2) I am in the process of trying to create and update the Find A Grave entries for the Riga Township Cemetery in Lenawee County, MI. I am using the cemetery records and a spreadsheet of headstone information created by Chuck Oslund (#48130045) a few years back as my basis. I am using multiple other genealogical sources to fill in blanks and help sort out unknowns. The listing from the township office is not complete and they know that. Using Chuck's spreadsheet has added many more burials to their listing. It is a slow process, but I am making headway. As of Sep 2020, most burials that have headstones have been added, but I'm still adding information to them, and also adding memorials for those without headstones. Once done, I will be providing the updated information back to the township office to help them improve their records as well.
A big thanks to contributor moses for playing a huge part in the monumental task of taking and posting all the photos of the headstones, which included creating lots of memorials along the way.
It involves a lot of coordination and putting the jigsaw pieces together, but I'm enjoying the challenge.