I've loved graveyards since I was a child. They are peaceful, beautiful, and full of history. In fact, I find a cemetery a wonderful place for a picnic when I'm working in one. I've also always been interested in genealogy. When I started Ancestery.com....FAG kept coming up. Once I learned I could help people AND wander around graveyards...I was HOOKED!!
I owned my own truck and diesel repair business until nine years ago when I decided to sell it. I continued to work there as office and parts manager until September 2019. Over 45 years I knew most of my customers and loved the customer service part of the business. From there I've now gone to work at the city owned hospital. The job I have there is dealing with people both on the phone and in person. Something I greatly enjoy! I loved riding motorcycle until I had an accident and got myself a TBI. Luckily for me it is a minor one and doesn't greatly affect my day to day life. The Black Hills of South Dakota (or anywhere else I can look for agates!) is another love, searching out old ghost towns and graveyards, and my favorite thing...photography. In January 2019, I had my right hip replaced...which has been a blessing to my wandering graveyards! Ten years of limping got to be too much.
IF YOU HAVE YOUR MESSAGE SYSTEM TURNED OFF AND WANT TO CONTACT ME ABOUT SOMETHING...PLEASE INCLUDE A WAY FOR CONTACT YOU. OTHERWISE...I HAVE NO WAY OF CONTACTING YOU AND I MAY IGNORE WHAT YOU WRITE. It's getting old receiving messages from people asking/telling me what to do yet they have their own message system set for no messages.
I love going out and looking for requested graves. But something new I've noticed in last year is people are requesting a picture when there is already a picture posted. OR...they are clicking the request for a photo but looking for other information on that person? When members do this they end up wasting the time of volunteers. PLEASE only use the request button if you want a photo of the grave!
As of now I go out to look or work in cemeteries every Sunday when our South Dakota weather permits. On those Sundays, for the past three years, my 93 year old dad joins me as I go in search of requests! He loves driving the country side with me...as I rode with him as a child. He sits in the car or on a lawn chair under a tree , reading, while his wife, Barb, and I look for and photograph graves. I'm lucky to be able to spend all of those hours with him!
If I started a page for one of your relatives and you'd like to manage the page...please ask. I don't care what FAG's 'rules' are on the subject. I will gladly turn the page over to you!