John Paterson

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I live in Toronto (Etobicoke), Ontario, Canada. My memorials started out as mostly my and my wife's, direct family and their ancestors.

I found out it was very personally rewarding to help people see their relatives grave stones, so I started filling requests and visiting cemeteries in my area to take photos. It is of great historical importance to have a record of all those who have been a part of our collective humanity. Burial information is a wonderful resource for people researching their families (genealogists). Most importantly, visiting a gravesite is a way of keeping the memory of someone alive. The aim is to create a comprehensive 'virtual cemetery' where loved ones can visit graves, leave flowers, etc. when they cannot do so in real life due to geography, finances or other circumstances.
There are a lot of photo volunteers to help. If you want the grave to be found, please contact the cemeteries and indicate the section and plot number to find the person you are looking for. Some cemeteries are several acres in size, so its hard to find a needle in a haystack.

Feel free to use any of my photos without credit to me. I'm happy to share a photo I took, I think the content is owned by the public domain for historical benefit, not me.

"Genealogy begins as an interest,
Becomes a hobby,
Continues as a vocation,
Takes over as an obsession,
And in its last stages,
Is an incurable disease."

By Wayne Scott, March 2013
Renaissance Magazine


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