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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
 member for 14 years, 5 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo I love researching cemeteries and strive for accuracy. If you see an error or have additional info you want added, do not hesitate to contact me through Suggest A Correction (not through Messages or E-mail) and I'll be more than happy to make the changes. (Note: Suggest A Correction is accessible through the Edit tab.)

Note that Find A Grave, though a valuable resource for genealogists, is not primarily a genealogical website. Certain highly detailed genealogical data (e.g. census transcriptions) is more suited for sites like Rootsweb.

Some people I have entered are my relatives; most are not. In documenting graves, I contribute to this site's growth and completeness. My goal is often to photograph an entire cemetery, but in large cemeteries this can be a daunting task; in such cases I just randomly photograph markers that catch my eye.

Some have asked why I am doing this. I'm doing this to honor the memories of the dearly departed, to give relatives who live far away the chance to visit the graves of their loved ones online when they can't do so in person, and to assist genealogists by providing information unavailable elsewhere. No disrespect is intended; indeed, I enter the data and post the photos with only the most respectful and honorable of motives.

I live in Taiwan and often travel to places like Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia to photograph cemeteries.

To protect the privacy of the living, I do not input pre-need graves, and I remove the names of the living from obituary information I post.

In general, if the stone does not show a birthdate, but instead an age, I do not calculate the birthdate from the age due to varying methods of calculations used, instead leaving the birthdate field blank. I make exceptions for my own direct ancestors and those for whom I can find reliable documentation. I can't stress this enough: If you wish me to add a birthdate to a headstone with only a death date and an age, please tell me HOW YOU KNOW the person's birthdate. Otherwise I will SUMMARILY IGNORE that request! Plus, I can't make links to children or siblings; only to spouses and parents. Such requests WILL BE IGNORED.

And when providing me with cities or towns of birth and/or death in the US, please tell me the county. Thank you!

As for transferring "ownership" of memorials, I am more than happy to do so if you are a relative. But please make the requests reasonable, rather than saying something like "Give me all your Smiths." This is Find A Grave, not Go Fish! :)

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Val Campbell
William Crosby Loxley, Memorial# 171473666
Thank you so much for posting grave photos for my great uncle, William Crosby Loxley (Memorial# 171473666), who died as an infant.

Would you please transfer his memorial to me?

Thank you!

Val :)
Added by Val Campbell on Oct 18, 2016 6:49 PM
RE: St. Michael's Cemetery, Hong Kong
Thanks for the offer and your previous effort.

It's a long way to go for me. The only time I ever got to that side of the world was a consulting trip I took about 20 years ago to Taiwan.

Added by WKA on Oct 15, 2016 4:24 AM
Linda Bunch
Re: Martha McKelvey
I just wanted to let you know I put a photo on Martha's memorial# 130034851, it's a picture of her parents headstone with her name on it..just extra info for her memorial.
Added by Linda Bunch on Oct 13, 2016 7:03 PM
Brian Beesley
RE: St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Thanks so much for your kind help, I can't tell you how much this means. This story has had so many twists and turns, I can't believe it all. Looking forward to hearing from you. My fingers are crossed!!
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 27, 2016 9:40 PM
Walter Carroll
Dear Chris: Thank you for transferring Walter Carroll's memorial to my care. My family is so grateful for you starting this memorial as I have been looking for information on my great Aunt and Uncles and without your assistance I would never have discovered Uncle Walter in Bangkok. This information has led me to discover that he was an importer of items from the far east just as my grandfather had done for the family. Thanks again. Take care,
Added by C.Foote on Sep 27, 2016 5:18 PM
Brian Beesley
RE: St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Hi Chris, I have found that the grave for Anna Hunter is #6399 in Section 3 at St Michaels. I am hoping you can get a photo and maybe there will be more information at the office or on the stone. She also went by the name Kot Choy and Goot Choy. I am trying to confirm if she is my great grandmother. I have been looking for almost 20 years and only discovered her info recently. It would be a big help to find out.
Thanks you so much
Brian Beesley
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 27, 2016 9:37 AM
Brian Beesley
St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Anne Hunter

Looking for info on Anne Hunter born Sept 8 1854
died Jan 31 1937.
Carl Smith cards say she might be in this cemetery. Could also be listed as Anna Hunter, alias Goot Choy, Kot Choy ( see )
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
I am in Canada so personal searches in Hong Kong are not possible for me.
Thanks you
Brian Hunter Beesley
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 08, 2016 2:42 PM
Denise Simpson
Harry Shepherd
I was so surprised when I found photos of my Dads gravestone on your site. My Dad passed very suddenly in HK at the age of 49 whilst with the Air Ministry out there, and we had to return to the UK within about a month. It was a horrible time, but now being able to actually 'add flowers' (which I have never been able to do properly)means such a lot.Thank you so much.
Added by Denise Simpson on Sep 02, 2016 5:08 AM
Walter George Carroll
Dear Chris:
Thank you for adding the family information I sent. It was only due to your efforts that I found where my Great Granduncle is laid to rest. He and my Grandfather,Alexander, were importers of Asian items brought to Toronto,Canada where their parents had an Import store on Yonge St. My Mother told me stories of sitting on the laps of Mandarin men in traditional clothing eating lichi. I was most surprised to find him in Bangkok as his Canadian WW1 records indicated he died in 1929. I found the military had made an error and placed the death note in the wrong Great Granduncle's file.
I would greatly appreciate if his memorial could be transferred to my care as I have the vast majority of the family history and am trying to link them together.
Thank you for all that you do. Without it I would never have found him. Sincerely,
Added by C.Foote on Aug 25, 2016 8:16 PM
RE: St. Michael's Cemetery, Hong Kong
I'd appreciate it. The child's name was James Edward Vance.
Added by WKA on Jul 16, 2016 7:53 AM
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