Jan 18, 2022 - New year and I hope a healthier one. I am mostly recovered from the cancer surgery. It was Stage 1, so I did not need radiation or chemo therapy. Will need ongoing surveillance in case of recurrence, but the odds are in my favor. Between COVID and a minor auto accident in Nov, the holidays were quiet here. Had to cut back on walking as I recover from surgery, which has made it harder for me to maintain weight loss. Don't even want to think about what doing 2022 income tax will be like with all my medical expenses. I am appreciating the FAG upgrades to the Plot field. Enjoying the discussions on the Forums from time to time. Thank you, fellow gravers who sent me good wishes. May we all have a safe and healthy 2022.
Sept 2021 - June 21, 2021 I had major colon cancer surgery, with a 2nd successful surgery August 30. Now I only need to heal the incision before I can be back to walking most days. I still won't be out at cemeteries very much, as I am afraid of falling.
However, I often find working on FAG data helps take my mind off distressing thoughts. Puts things in perspective. So I will be doing my usual amount of researching and editing. Just be aware that I may not sign on every day.
My grave location research is mostly centered on my Kirby & Hipple relatives, although I do some famous graves, too. The logo photo is my paternal grandmother, Alice Richman Kirby Bunting, who lived to be 93 (FAG #110212030). She used to take us to check on her pre-need grave stone when we were kids.
I'm not a genealogist, but I like to visit the graves of people I care about. Most of my activity involves SE PA, central PA & southern NJ.
CEMETERY DOCUMENTATION I HAVE -
1) Electronic copy of the spreadsheet for the Woodstown Friends Burial Ground (Salem Co, NJ) through 2015. The Meeting recently transcribed the handwritten ledgers going back to about 1800.
2) DVD of The Cemeteries of Marietta (Lancaster Co, PA) by James Landis, copyright 2012, which covers gravestones visible as of 2010. The DVD includes photos of all marked graves. If you need a photo for Marietta Cemetery or any other cemetery in Marietta Borough before 2011, I can get it from the DVD.
***** NOTES and BLOG *****
DECEMBER 2020 - Adding photos and grave locations to Marietta Cemetery a few at a time. Getting to a point where I will have to add new memorials to add more photos. Continuing to find duplicates when I am looking for other things. Seems as if the duplicate fix process is getting slower lately.
NOVEMBER 2020 - Continuing to place flowers on memorials for babies who died. Then I put in edits when I find incorrect or missing birth dates. Also adding some photos and memorials to Marietta Cemetery. Still about 500 memorials there w/o photos.
OCTOBER 2020 - Found my first case of 3 memorials for the same person. She was married twice and had a memorial under each married name, plus one under her maiden name. Put the 1st 2 in to be merged. The system wouldn't let me put in the 3rd memorial to be merged with the one that should remain from the 1st merge. I guess I wait for that to be completed. The Blatt family memorials are all straightened out now. Had to wait for auto edits.
SEPTEMBER 2020 - Some time ago I tried to get Genevieve Blatt designated as famous. No luck. FAG needs more memorials for women who were famous for something other than being an entertainer. Judge Blatt is well known in both Democratic Party and Roman Catholic circles. Recently I decided to work on tidying up her memorial in other ways. One of her sisters was listed as a half-sister. Her brother Joseph was not linked to the family at all. I took over management of the memorial for Judge Blatt's brother George from FAG. He was killed in WW II. Body never found. I sent that in to be marked as a Cenotaph. FAG did it in a little over 24 hours. Great!
AUGUST 2020 - I was posting flowers for recently died babies when I found several people in their 80s whose death dates were entered as their birth dates. Made it look like they were only a few months old at death. In one case, it resulted in a duplicate memorial. Sent in the edits to the memorial managers. Seems to be just sloppy data entry. Not done by new members either. To post the obituary showing DOD in the bio and then enter death dates that don't match suggests a lack of attention.
JUNE 2020 - Duplicate removal process still seems to be working well. I sent in 2 pairs about 4 days ago and they were both merged as suggested when I checked today. I wasn't on FAG yesterday, so they may have been done sooner. I was wondering if these would go through since both of them involved memorials in 2 different cemeteries. In one case the duplication probably arose when someone mis-transcribed the cemetery name in a posted obituary. Paxtang was given as Paxton. Both are Harrisburg place names with cemeteries. This is where local knowledge can be critical. FAG accepted my analysis and explanation.
MAY 2020 - Picked up management of another 4 or 5 memorials from FAG so far this month. Some are interesting relatives. Also went through my Virtual Cemetery of memorials needing better bios and found quite a few now have them. Thank you unknown FAG volunteers with more time than I seem to have!
FEB 2020 - I requested and rec'd management of about a dozen memorials previously managed by FAG a few days ago. Some distant relatives, some friends and some just people I care about. For example, the school van driver who always took good care of my special needs son. A woman I went to high school with - we walked to the school bus together in the mornings. She was a labor and delivery nurse at a local hospital for many years. I was happy to be able to take charge of these memorials. I went through the Virtual Cemeteries I had created for Friends to find memorials now managed by FAG. Something other contributors might want to consider now that this option to acquire management is available.
OCT 2019 - FAG fixed the famous duplicate. Just took a few days longer.
SEP 2019 - Tried the new duplicate reporting feature for the 1st time. I sent in 10 pairs, including one where the original memorial was designated famous. All of them came back yesterday merged as I requested, except the famous one. That duplicate is still there. Maybe they need to do more research for a famous. But I am very pleased with the results so far. Some of these have been hanging out there for years. Our local DAR added a raft of Revolutionary War graves about 10 years ago without checking for duplicates. I thought a couple of these were a bit unclear, but FAG put them all thru' as I requested. WOO HOO! I will have to look up some other dups I haven't bothered with.
JUNE 2019 - I have not been very active since Sept 2018 due to a variety of medical problems. I am still dealing with those, but beginning to make some headway and get back to working on FAG. I need to use the new Duplicate reporting feature to fix some longtime issues.
NOV 2017 - Still systematically adding information and, when needed, memorials from the Woodstown (NJ) Friends Burial Ground database. I have completed a first pass adding all the records from the database to FAG. I will continue to work with contacts from the Meeting to resolve discrepancies and clean up the data. I want to create an annotated map showing which graves need to be photographed.
OCT 2017 - My GG GF John Hipple's VA grave stone has been placed!!! On October 5th 2017 I visited his grave and took photos. He is memorial FAG# 161455430. The bio recounts his interesting military career. Check it out!
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