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Russ Dodge (#309)
 member for 15 years, 10 months, 26 days
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

Terri C
Kind of shocked-can I get someone to transfer some accounts please?
I just joined Find A Grave, I was very excited to be able to input information to my relatives...this is wonderful to think that anyone can find out a little history of this person. I am particularly happy to fill in the "unknown"s on my relates page, to connect them with wives and children. However I am very shocked at the aditude of many of the "owners" or the people who have entered the graves into the db. Maybe I don't understand how this works but I rather not deal with some of them. I have a person that has turned off their messages but "owns" all my relatives on my mother's side. When I went into her profile she or maybe he had a really nasty bio. REALLY NASTY. I am perplexed ..why would someone enter over 200,000 graves and not expect to get contacted constantly regarding changes? Since she/he is unreachable can someone move them to my account so I can manage my grandparents and great grandparents. I will add as many as I can....but I would like to have someone who loved them take care of them. I will not have 200k to handle.
I appreciate your site, it is a wonderful thing...
Terri C

Added by Terri C on Jun 24, 2016 6:13 AM

Stephenie Price-Stites
Message from JB
I got a message from JB saying he sent me an email, "JB - No response ----
I sent you an e-mail regarding Hershel Stites and got no response. If you don't want people sending you e-mails, you might want to change your settings so your e-mail address doesn't show ."

But when I go into the site I cannot look up his email, profile, or respond to the message he sent. I got nothing from him to respond to but this nasty message in F.A.G. Am I doing something wrong?

Added by Stephenie Price-Stites on Jun 20, 2016 10:24 AM

Joseph Smith
19494 Donald McKay
Add bio note:

The genealogy of Hugh McKay, 1895, Page 6, by W.K. Kean

Added by Joseph Smith on Jun 19, 2016 3:25 PM

James Beltz
james beltz (#47876775)
Will you please delete this old profile of me? I am locked out of it and cant remember my passord to my old email. The new profile I am using is what I am Using for this email. Thanks.

Added by James Beltz on Jun 16, 2016 7:17 AM

34th NJ Infantry
you may be interested in Corpl William Black of the 34th NJ Infantry. I found him today in Fernwood, and added his gravestone photo here

Added by raytracer on Jun 14, 2016 3:15 PM

Mary Summey
grave # 38538349
The person that takes care of my aunt's grave has their messages turned off. I want to make changes
and she does not respond.She goes by TwinA Can you help?

Added by Mary Summey on Jun 14, 2016 12:55 PM

Leon "Red" Ames, Warren OH
Russ: There's a mistake or typo in your biog information for LK "Red" Ames. The WSeries with Boston in 1912 went 8 games, Boston winning 4 to 3, with a tie. If you wish to add something interesting on Red, he pitched what turned out to be the final game at the South End Grounds, a 13 inning 0 to 0 tie against Brave Lefty Tyler. It was Red's longest pitching stint in any game of his career (8-11-1914).


Added by rbdixtour on Jun 12, 2016 9:27 PM

Martin Douglas Packer
Francis H.C. Crick: correction
On the centenary of his birth, please do action:

"He and James Watson* shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry** for their discovery."

* and Maurice Wilkins

** in Physiology and Medicine, not Chemistry

Both of them are substantive errors Russ!! MDP+

+ The UK researcher for Professor Robert Olby's "Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets", published in 2009 by CSH Press, Cold Harbor, NY.

Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Jun 08, 2016 4:39 PM

Jay Rarick
15th NJ Vol. Inf.
Sorry, I must have missed your entry for Pvt. Vanderhoof. Apologies for the unnecessary message traffic.

In F, C & L,
- Jay R.

Added by Jay Rarick on Jun 08, 2016 8:49 AM

Jay Rarick
15th NJ Vol. Inf.
Please add Pvt. Peter J Vanderhoof, Co. C, 15th NJ Vol. Inf. to your virtual cemetery.

Find-A-Grave memorial # 114951752.

In Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

Jay A. Rarick, P.C.C.
Irish Brigade Camp No. 4
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Fredericksburg, VA

Added by Jay Rarick on Jun 08, 2016 8:46 AM

Tom Rader
RE: advertising
Thank you, Tom Rader

Added by Tom Rader on Jun 07, 2016 10:58 AM


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