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Russ Dodge (#309)
 member for 15 years, 11 months, 26 days
Henry Steele Commager (General)
Russ, I Have records that my Ancestor, General Henry Steele Commager was buried in the New City Yard located between Avenue K and L in Galveston. This record is from the Rosenberg Library in Galveston. I can send a pdf of the record if you would like.

Sandra Commager

Added by SandraC on Aug 23, 2016 10:08 AM

I have an addition to one of your virtual cemeteries
Hello, I have an addition to your Civil War cemetery for the 10th NJ Infantry, he served in Co. K., William H. Zern:

Added by greatgrands on Aug 21, 2016 11:27 AM

deanna french
C.W.Vet;Atlantic Co. Orville E. Moore
I am a Vermont Civil War buff, and am presently working on a project to identify the last resting places of many of our"Old Soldiers" that had ties to Vt. Orville Moore is one such patriot. May I use the photo that you contributed to his Find A Grave Memorial, to post on the Vt.C.W. site? (

You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration on this.
Deanna French

Added by deanna french on Aug 20, 2016 2:02 PM

John M.
site compromised?
Lately I will occasionally get a random, non-Find A Grave, web page appearring when using the site. This will sometimes happen when clicking on what I think is a valid link within the site, and other times it will pop up even if I haven't done anything. Is it possible the site has been compromised somehow?

Added by John M. on Aug 19, 2016 12:51 PM

Ron Carter
Create Memorial

I have tried to figure out how to create a memorial, I had no luck. Can you tell what I need to know to create a memorial?


Ron Carter

Added by Ron Carter on Aug 18, 2016 2:05 PM

Estimating birthdates from tombstones
I find many tombstones say the date a person died and then state at....years, ....months...days. Keeping in mind that this information was provided by someone who only knows what he or she was told by the deceased or someone else, I don't think the memorial contributors should take it upon themselves to do the math and enter, as correct, an exact birthdate. This is happening all too frequently now. Unless there is a verifiable source for the birthdate, the contributor should just enter the death date and leave out the birthdate and just add the tombstone information in the 'bio' area. Can Find A Grave perhaps point this out to the contributors?

Added by Sue on Aug 16, 2016 5:29 PM

Barbara Barksdale
RE: Russ invite to PHGP (email was sent)
Thanks for making contact with me. I did attempt to resend but this time it came back undelivered. Could you contact me directly using my email. I could then possibly send you the press release and additional information. I could also give you my number at that time so we can discuss directly.



Added by Barbara Barksdale on Aug 16, 2016 12:24 PM

todd hansell
Milton Hansell
Thanks very much sir and have a nice day!

Added by todd hansell on Aug 16, 2016 4:50 AM

Barbara Barksdale
Russ invite to PHGP (email was sent)
The Pa Hallowed Grounds Project will be holding its annual meeting at West Chester Univ on Saturday October 22nd and we would like to give you a personal invitation to come and learn about what our mission is...along with the fact that you could share with us the techniques for Find A Grave.

I would like to send a press release for you to share with those in Pennsylvania. Our focus is the cemeteries that hold the remains of the USCT. We hope that you will be able to attend as well as speak to the group. The meeting is open to the public,a free lunch will be served to those who sign up. Please contact me at that email listed below or respond to the email previously sent.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

With regards,
Barbara Barksdale

Added by Barbara Barksdale on Aug 15, 2016 1:43 PM

denise & phil macleod
wrong location
i have added graves of people in the old beach meadows cemetery in nova scotia someone had 2 names at the time but they made a mistake on it`s location they say it`s lunenburg but it`s queens county it is located in beach meadows nova scotia
queens county

Added by denise & phil macleod on Aug 13, 2016 2:55 PM

Barbara Steinmetz
Catherine Keppele Meredith
Russ: William Morris Meredith and Catherine Keppele Meredith had five children, not one. They are:
1 - William Morris Meredith b. 14 May 1835
2 - Elizabeth Caldwell Meredith b. 6 May 1837
3 - Gertrude Gouverneur Meredith b. 2 Feb 1839
4 - Catherine Keppele Meredith b. 17 Mar 1841
5 - Euphemia (Effie) Ogden Meredith b. 4 Sept 1842

These may be found in the newspaper "North American" by Leach and several other places. Hopefully, the current error will be corrected. These people are hard to get correct because they use the same names for several generations.

Hope this helps.

Added by Barbara Steinmetz on Aug 13, 2016 11:52 AM

Michael Cafferky
Video Ads on Find A Grave
Please STOP using video advertisements on Find A Grave. It is maddening the degree to which they slow down the site.

Added by Michael Cafferky on Aug 13, 2016 6:27 AM

RE: Honor Oak crematorium
Hello Russ.

Thanks for looking at this and I am indebted to Katrina for passing this on to you. Just a quick resume here as we are The Essex Commemoration Project, an ad hoc group of about a dozen researchers who pool their knowledge and resources to try and help others who are stuck on their family research and to also try and rectify errors we find online, so these don't get repeated over and over again and are then just taken as fact.

We are working with Katrina's help on a project to find the burial locations of the 67,000+ Civilian War Dead (CWD) of the UK and it's Commonwealth citizens who perished in WW2. None of these 67,000 have published burial locations. All deaths were reported to the local authorities where they passed, but that is the extent of the official records. We are searching through cemetery and church records in order to find the final resting places for our CWD.

It had been drawn to our attention that thousands of pages on Find A Grave were simply wrong and had been since at least 2008. I am sure you are aware as to those who created these pages, and that is not the issue here. The issue is that those who created these pages simply invented burial places (most don't even exist) or they placed these CWD into cemeteries that appeared to be in the same location as the authorities the deaths were reported to. I am sure, if you didn't know about all this, then Katrina will fill you in and again this is, from our perspective, not about blame but about trying to put as much of this right as we can so Find A Grave can have accurate information on it's pages.

One thing that those who added these pages originally, (amongst many errors that they made) is that they had never considered the fact that some of these 67,000 had been cremated. We are working with the local authorities in the Honor Oak area to identify the CWD that were cremated during WW2. As with all crematoria, the final disposition of the ashes is varied. Honor Oak has wall niches for ashes burials and as demonstrated by the registry pages we have supplied to Katrina, some of the ashes have been buried in the crematorium gardens. Many are simply scattered, some removed by family members, but Honor Oak's registers are beautifully presented and detailed with the specifics of the disposition of the ashes.

Find A Grave has a way of showing "ashes scattered" but nothing to show when the ashes are buried in the crematorium itself such as in the case of Honor Oak. The crematorium itself is part of a wider complex of local cemeteries and in fact has another crematorium a few hundred yards away. The fact that it has it's own burial registers should in essence mean it should have a stand alone page on Find A Grave, as it is distinct from the cemetery complex that it's location is within the boundary of. We simply want to be accurate in our data and our bios and say so and so was cremated on a certain date and the ashes buried at Honor Oak. We would also like to have those who have had their ashes scattered in the gardens there treated in the same way as those who are buried in that place, but it could be viewed as subjective as to whether scattering or burying is the same thing (we think it is). If they were scattered there then it should make no difference as long as the location is the same. We have about 60 CWD wrongly accredited to different cemeteries in the area and we would like to place those names in a location that is relevant (Honor Oak) rather than let them be in the wrong place entirely or languish in BU.

Honor Oak was built in 1939 and was designed by William Ball and Maurice Webb, son of Sir Aston Webb, designer of the nearby Camberwell New Cemetery. It has in it's registers over 150,000 names, including physician Dr. Harold Arundel Moody, who founded the British civil rights movement The League Of Coloured People in 1931

The address is Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, Brockley Way Forest Hill, London S.E.23 3RD

If there is any other information you need then feel free to contact me. Thank you and Find A Grave for helping us with this particular project as it is of great importance to us in helping to put online the burial locations of as many CWD as possible. Sadly because of the need to bury large numbers of people in a short space of time during WW2, many of our CWD are buried in unmarked graves often with up to 100 internments, so you can see why this is such a high priority project for us.

Kind regards


Added by Boreenatra on Aug 10, 2016 3:16 PM

Arthur Humphrey
RE: Better Family Photo of Samuel Duncan Oliphant
Photo passed down in my family of Gen. Samuel D. Oliphant has been posted to his memorial. Thanks very much for allowing this. Photo came to me from my 2nd great-grandather Gen. Richard Coulter b. 1827 Greensburg, PA - d. 1908 Greensburg, PA(for whom Oliphant seems to have named a son. Coulter was a first cousin of Mary Coulter Campbell, Oliphant's wife.

Interestingly Oliphant commanded the 8th PA Volunteers, and my 2nd great-grandfather Richard Coulter commanded the 11th PA Volunteers.

Thank you very much for allowing me to post this higher quality photo of the man.

Added by Arthur Humphrey on Aug 08, 2016 1:10 PM

Arthur Humphrey
Better Family Photo of Samuel Duncan Oliphant
I inherited a very good quality studio photo of Gen. Samuel Duncan Oliphant - and would like to add this to his memoria. But I cannot as there are too many photos of his tombstone and the cemetery. If you would agree to remove just one of the cemetery gates, I would be happy to add this old family photo. It is better than the one photo of Samuel and matches the one taken of his wife that I have added.

Many thanks,

Arthur Humphrey

Added by Arthur Humphrey on Aug 07, 2016 6:45 PM

John K
Need to PM Someone at Find A Grave
Hope you can help me get in touch, privately, with someone at Find A Grave. You show a number of my family members in a Cemetery adjacent to the one they are actually buried in. Their actual cemetery is not listed.

I would like to help correct this and add Saints Peter and Paul Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cemetery to your records.

Please PM me at the email on my account.

Added by John K on Aug 03, 2016 4:41 PM

pearl stephen
RE: Peter Wing
this is my great grand father

Added by pearl stephen on Aug 01, 2016 11:33 AM

Martha Rheim #102094378
I just discovered the headstone photo that you placed on Martha's memorial and I want to thank you very much for adding it. I get out to Green Mount 2-3 times a year and I went looking for this about a year ago but couldn't find it despite that I had the map and they gave me the lot location. Plus the thing is big as life so I don't know how I missed it. Anyway, thank you for taking a great photo of her headstone and adding it. Take care.

Added by Tempest on Jul 28, 2016 1:21 PM

Patricia Beavers
Cemetery physical address'
I have noticed that when you look for the exact location of some cemeteries you cannot find them even on maps. Is there some place that can be added to put that address of some kind on the page that comes up for the cemetery. Most of the time it is the small family plots that people are having problems locating.

Added by Patricia Beavers on Jul 25, 2016 3:17 PM

Multi Generation Family History
Garoutte #2
Russ you know how genealogy is you get the original records and you figure stuff out by looking at the dates, locations names of parents and all that detective work. This ancestor was hard to do because there was a lot of conflicting information. Please allow me to correct it because now everyone is angry at me.

Added by Multi Generation Family H... on Jul 23, 2016 12:26 AM

Multi Generation Family History
Russ I really need you to give me control of the profile at this URL:

I am the one that put that together. I got locked out of my JC1888710@gmail.cok email address.

Initially in my research I came across 4 different Garoutte's in those decades, Michael Antoine Garoutte, Antoine Garoutte and Pierre Garoutte and John Garoutte on materials on Google Books. When I looked more deeply into the conflicting information I found that the Antoine Garoutte on the New Hamsphire 3rd Regiment was auto generated and they checked the rolls and there is no one by that name on the rolls. There is a Family Bible from Garoutte that shows all 13 children and 1790 census data in New Jersey and tax records.

The Pierre Garoutte was a cousin living in Canada at this time.

That findagrave needs to be corrected please because I made other descdndants angry at me for being wrong.

I wrote a really long detailed article on wikitree and every statement on there is proved with certified stuff and publications.

Please see it here:

The findagrave needs to be corrected because anyone that uses it as a resource could be pointed in the wrong direction. Please help me Russ its my account anyway I'm just locked out of it. I always change my passwords then I forget the passwords.

Please Russ!!!!

Added by Multi Generation Family H... on Jul 23, 2016 12:23 AM

Cheryl Locher Moonen
Found this an thought you would be interested. Cheryl

Dubuque Weekly Observer, September 1, 1854


We place at the head of this article the name of the distinguished man who led the Anti-Nebraska host in the recent contest in Iowa, and to the freemen of the North are indebted, in a great measure, for one of the most brilliant victories ever achieved in the annual of politics. Mr. Grimes was the nominee for Governor for the party in Iowa opposed to the Nebraska swindle, and to the aggression's of the slave power. As such nominee he took the stump and canvassed the state with a power and eloquence rarely equaled. With a master hand he stripped the veil from the pro-slavery democracy, and exposed it to the gaze of the people in its naked deformity.

Mr. Grimes is an old settler of Iowa, but is yet a young man. He is a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of Dartmouth College. We believe he was in Burlington, Iowa as early as 1836. In 1837, we recollect him as secretary to Governor Dodge in the negotiations of some Indian Treaties. He is a lawyer, but has retired from his profession with a competency, and gone largely into the business of stock raising and farming. His recent contest and its results have given him a national reputation, which he has earned. - Gal. Adv. 12

Added by Cheryl Locher Moonen on Jul 22, 2016 9:20 AM

Wanda Morrison Tillotson
James Morrison (b. abt 1825) m. to Rutha Layton
Hello Russ, I am really being bothered to no end by an Find A Grave contributor volunteer~ (1) I had a Find A Grave up on my Grandmother nobody had ever done it or ever really cared for that matter~ lots of controversy because Judge at Carrollton, Carroll Co, Ga says her last name is Saton and refuses to chg it to Laton ~ as she was married to my ggrandfather James Morrison (they were m. in Carrolton, GA 1848 listed in 1850 census there); they move over to St Clair Co, AL by 1860 c. then 1866 State census James Morrison has died as a Confederate Soldier. 1870census Ruth has married a Skinner boy ~ then she dies shortly after(nobody knows when and he remarries there in St Clair lots of land I have every single land deed with James Morrison (b. abt 1825 and his wife Ruth listed. (2)Ruth had 5 five bros. all 5 came back all 5 Confederate. I've visited the graves of each one except one in Bremen (been 3 or 4 times to look for it). There are no none Confederate records except for the 1866c. I am not in any way shape or form related to her and furthermore she has a right to her research but I do not have to accept it as I have a right to mine~ It's USA. I do not want anymore emails from her nor from her family. I've been workind on it 31 yrs. and it took two yrs to get an apology from public officials that continue to say my GGrandfather James Morrison (1824) had come back fromthe grave there in Macedonia and remarried 20 yrs later to a Ms Chamblis. It was James' nephew named James Morrison that married her (I know where buried). Mine were there where I said and a place called Trout Creek is where their many acres of property was bought from Tuscaloosa, Al (I've travelled there as well) .

Added by Wanda Morrison Tillotson on Jul 16, 2016 7:39 AM

Lisa MacFerren Minerd
Death date
#11067525 Thank you for the photos.

The photo shows the death date at 1893 but you have listed 1899.


Added by Lisa MacFerren Minerd on Jul 10, 2016 3:09 PM

Stephen Decker
Issue with the site.
There are days that I am working on Find A Grave that when you pull up a name it will not pull up a picture. It will also send a loading box to the bottom of the page and force me to shut down my system and restart. What causes this. I am also aware that security on this site is poor.

I have had an attack on my system with malware twice now.


Added by Stephen Decker on Jul 02, 2016 2:39 AM


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