My photo: I enjoy walking down the country roads to the Silver Spring Cemetery about a mile behind my place. The road crosses this creek and I was trying to catch a couple muskrats frolicking in the water (they aren't in this photo). I didn't notice the face in the water until I looked at it on my PC. 2015
I was born in Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL and have lived here all my life. I am retired now (2001) and hope to have more time to work on this genealogy stuff! My father's family are MONIGOLD / Frybarger. My mother's side are WITTBECKER / Oswalt.
I found the Find A Grave website on Nov. 24, 2013 while researching my relatives and began entering memorials for them. I will try to get some photo requests in this area when the weather and time permits. People are helping me, so I believe it's important that I help someone else if I can. If you need help with something from this area just let me know.
I believe Find-a-Grave is a fantastic tool to document your ancestors and have them linked together like a family tree. I especially love that all this information is available to anyone without joining or paying to see it. In most genealogy search sites people are building their family trees and then no one can view it unless they join and are then charged. That's just not right to me. I believe it should always be available for all, free of charge! Find-a-Grave memorials even show up in Google, Yahoo, etc. searches!
NOTE: If I have posted anything you feel inappropriate, please contact me and I will remove it.
How do I respond to someone who posted a message to me, but on their profile they don't allow messages nor do they show an email address?
TRANSFERS: Unless the memorial I created is for my family member, I am more than happy to transfer it to you, just ask.
EDITS: I accept edits in either emails, thru the edit function, or messages, whichever you feel most comfortable sending it to me. I'm here to help!
PHOTOS & BIO INFO: You are welcome to use any of my photos or bio info. that I have posted. If you want to acknowledge me, thank you, if not, I won't lose any sleep over it. In my opinion, this stuff is meant to be shared for research by family members. Lighten up people!
Some of my photos didn't come out too good! If you post a better photo than I have posted, let me know and I will remove mine. And thank you!
OBITS: I will gladly post obits for you because I believe they provide important information and in most cases give us insight into their life and history. I would rather post the obit than have you post a photo of the obit. Thank you.
PLOT / MARKER LOCATIONS:
I believe something in the plot field is better than nothing. Info like 'Section 3 Lot 5 Grave 3' is worthless unless you have a map of the cemetery. I prefer giving directional info such as 'North side Row 3'. This will help relatives any day or time of the day without additional help! Some don't agree with this, but to each their own. Also, GPS Coordinates are very helpful if you click on them in the memorial.
Thank you for everyone's hard work on FAG.
"Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us." Van Wyck Brooks
"Good men must die, but death, cannot kill their names." Proverb
"I was not, and was conceived. I loved and did a little work. I am not and grieve not." — Epitaph, William Kingdon Clifford.
Read his full history here: W.T. Rawleigh History and Rawleigh History
Cemeteries that I have completed photographing and created memorials in Stephenson County, IL:
2017- Gund Cemetery
2015-17- FreeportCityCem.(Mr.B is photo'ing)
2016- Holly Grove, Lena - Salem UCC,Eleroy-
Silver Creek, German Valley, Cemeteries
2015-16- St. Joseph Cemetery, Freeport
2015- Orangeville - Grandview - Dakota -
Silver Spring Cemeteries
2014- Manny - Mt. Pleasant - Eldorado -
Richland Salem Cemeteries
Oakland Cemetery - 2014-20.. about 65% done
2017- CedarvilleCem.(NOW taking photos-15% done)
My Edits Approved: 22,269
Other's Edits I Approved: 3,107
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