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I started out as a member of ancestry.com and then eventually joined Find A Grave as well a few years ago. I have now convinced my sister and niece to join in on the hunt. I have mainly focused on local cemeteries near my hometown. I have photographed the following cemeteries in IL: Maquon, Russell , Little York , Pleasant Green, Norwood, Salters Grove, Miles, Swedish Cem in Knoxville, Hope Cemetery Alexis Junction, Oak Grove in East Peoria, IL, Cumberland Cem Henderson Cty, Oquawka Township 13/Wells Cemetery in Henderson Cty, and Belmont Cemetery in Henderson Cty. I try to keep my original files as it's helpful to find family members buried together.

I also created a cenotaph memorial cemetery for the Oquawka Soldiers Monument in Oquawka, IL. It has the 200 Veterans of Henderson Cty, IL that died during the Civil War. I spent 2 months researching each veteran and trying to locate their actual burial spot. Unfortunately on 8/23/19 at the request of an unnamed member, Find a Grave deleted this cenotaph cemetery and now all the 200 soldiers are listed as simply unknown burials. I was certainly disappointed but I do have a listing of them all if anyone is interested. By definition on FAG it didn't meet the criteria for a cenotaph. So I created a virtual cemetery under Soldiers' Monument of Henderson County.

If I come across cemetery inscription records I will add from those as well crediting the Gen Society that did the actual readings.

I have no problem with anyone copying my cemetery pix or adding them on ancestry sites. Cemeteries are open for everyone to visit and take pix and I don't feel as I "own" any of them. If you want to list me as source, that would be great. If I have any personal pictures/documents I would appreciate being sited as the source on those.

I know this isn't a genealogy website but I enjoy the hunt of finding family members for anyone I add to Find A Grave.

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