Don Ludwig

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Please do NOT add death certificate images to my memorials, thank you.

Hello! I started my family history research in 1973 and have been at it ever since. My main families of research are the SPRANKLE, GOURLEY and GRUBE families of Jefferson and Indiana counties, PA. I completed GOURLEY and GRUBE family histories in the early 1980s and placed copies of my histories in the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society (other records/histories of mine can also be found there). Since 2006 I have been working almost exclusively on tracing all descendants of the various Sprankle families that settled in (or moved through) the Punxsutawney area in the early 1800s.

The surnames on which I have compiled extensive data (and still actively research) include: Bell, Burleson, Curry, Dilts, Gourley, Grube, Hopkins, Jordan, Kinter, Krasovic (Krašovec), Looker, Matjašič, McDaniel, McLaughlin, Means, Newcom(e), Otzel, Postle(th)wait(e), Redding, Speedy, Sprankle, Stear, Tauber, Težak, Varner, Walter.

Genealogy is a two-way street. We learn more ourselves and add to our own research by sharing and helping others. Please contact me if you are related to any of the persons whose memorials I manage. And please contact me for more information on any of the surnames I research.

If you wish to copy any gravestone or "people" picture that I have posted or that has been posted "Courtesy of Don Ludwig" by another contributor, ask first. It is a matter of courtesy. Generally I do not give permission for the pictures of my ancestors and relatives to be copied. It is very disturbing to me and my family to find our private pictures online at Ancestry and other sites, taken without permission and usually not even credited as to where they came from. Please respect this.

Find-a-Grave (Ancestry) now (at least as of May 1, 2016) includes in their guidelines: "Our Terms of Service allow for photos posted to Find A Grave to be posted elsewhere within the Ancestry Community, but they do not allow such photos to be posted on non-Ancestry websites or otherwise republished without the copyright holder's permission. Copyright of photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original copyright holder."; This is not good! I view this as dangerous and not in accordance with copyright laws. If you want to use a picture of mine, contact me first. Thank you.

Please also note these comments/requests (based on numerous inaccurate edits and differences of opinion):

1. I will accept all edits that are correct and for which I can find original proof (easily) at either Ancestry or FamilySearch. It is always appreciated if you not only enter the edit but also send me an Email with the original proof, especially if I won't be able to find it myself!

2. Do not assume that the Last Residence on the SSDI entries is the place of death. Often it is not, so never assume it is.

3. Do not assume that a spouse is buried in the same cemetery as his/her spouse. This is usually the case, but not always, especially for second marriages. I have also seen many cases where the first deceased spouse was buried and the surviving spouse later was cremated and the ashes were either kept by the family or scattered.

4. Should the military rank (e.g., PVT, LTC) be included as the prefix to the name? If the person died in service or used the rank after retirement (discharge) as part of his/her name, then it is appropriate; otherwise, it is not and I will not add it. The person's service can be mentioned in the bio text, obituary, etc. (somewhere else), since it is, of course, a part of the person's life.

5. If you have any pictures or any other "documents" (including obituaries) that you wish to post to a memorial I am managing, please just use the Edit tab and tell me what you are posting; otherwise, I won't know.

6. Do not "invent" proof and add it as a picture to a memorial. Some family histories are accurate, some are not, so be careful and use other sources to verify information as well. And do not type up your own "proof" and then add it as a picture.

7. Do not use "virtual flowers" to post, correct or add to the information presented: that is not their purpose.

Write to me. I am always happy to learn more and make any needed corrections. Thank you for your consideration!

Thank you,
Don Ludwig


To Find-a-Grave Admin: In the case of my demise, please transfer all my memorials to Margaret Sopp (#46619622). Thank you.


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