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Spaceman Spiff (#46783007)
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(Will be spending part of the summer in southwestern Maine).

Happy to photograph at any cemetery in the Tampa Bay, FL area! (or in the Lakes Region of SW Maine).

Born in Dover, DE, (to parents from NJ & WV), I lived in southern CA until age 12, & then in Raton, (a small town in N.E. New Mexico), which I consider my home town. I attended NM State Univ for 4 years (with a 1-yr exchange to Oregon State Univ), but did not complete a degree at that time, & later moved back to southern CA, settling in the Orange County area. After 10 yrs in the O.C., I moved to St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay area) in 1990, & have been here ever since.

I have avidly worked on my family's genealogy since the age of 15 ... 42 years ago!

I am a 27-yr member (and former chapter registrar) of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) with 7 qualifying ancestors submitted (more to come!), a member of the SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) with 10 qualifying ancestors or brothers of ancestors (more to come!), a member of the SVR (Sons of Veterans Reserve--affiliated with the SUVCW), a member of the S&DUSCT (Sons & Daughters of U.S. Colored Troops), a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey, and an associate member of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware.

(Click on my profile pic above to read the story of the Civil War ancestor with whose headstone I'm posing).

I'm very proud that every single branch of my ancestry has been in America since at least pre-Revolutionary times.

Having taken numerous college courses over the years, I finally bit the bullet & enrolled in a program in 2003 to complete my degree, & graduated from Eckerd College (a local, private, liberal arts college) in May 2005 with a B.A. in Creative Writing.

Besides genealogy & writing, my other interests include: clock collecting, books, movies, photography, geocaching, the Civil War, the space program, many types of music, & visiting cemeteries!

Thanks to the creators of this site for doing such a great job!

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Robert Brotherhood
RE: Your edits for Ruby M. McIntrye
Unfortunately you seem to take it personally, as you call edits "nitpicking".
The many many thank-yous prove otherwise.
Unnecessary to say that I COMPLETELY disagree with your reasoning: Findagrave is NOT a genealogy site. What does it matter in what city hospital the person was for ONE day and died?? Irrelevant! What I want to know is where they lived FOR YEARS.
SSDI gives a good indication of that. The cases that SSDI has mistakes are FAR fewer than the omissions and errors on Findagrave. Hence the edits.
Why would anyone search Findagrave for a name on a gravestone???? They already have the info on the gravestone! Much more important is that people trying to find a gravestone/memorial searching for the name they KNOW is right, will not find a memorial with an erroneous name even when "that is on the stone". Stonemasons are HUMAN, you know, and they make mistakes, especially in earlier centuries.
Added by Robert Brotherhood on Jan 13, 2017 11:16 PM
Robert Brotherhood
RE: Your edits for Ruby M. McIntrye
The object of my 54,000 edits to date is ONLY to improve the quality of Findagrave memorials, and that more people can find the name they are searching for. The present search facility does not give alternatives, so any mistake in the name will cause the memorial never to be found as one cannot know WHAT error was made.
In the case of creating duplicates when the name on the stone is in error: that is why I add a note "Error on gravestone: McIntrye".
That should solve that problem.
As for SSDI reliability, thanks for explaining. However, as - usually - that is the only source we have, I will continue adding their info with the 0,001% chance that it is wrong.
No, I am not related to any of the edits submitted.
Thank you.
Added by Robert Brotherhood on Jan 13, 2017 12:26 PM
ronald conrad
Thomas Alan Rateau
Thank you for the headstone photo of Thomas. It is very much appreciated. Have a great day.
Added by ronald conrad on Jan 12, 2017 5:19 PM
Jim Hamren
Oral Wanita Peck
Thanks very much for the gravestone photo. Your efforts are much appreciated.
Added by Jim Hamren on Jan 12, 2017 7:38 AM
Penny Wood Spaziani
Thank you so very much for their photos, just exactly what I wanted. So speedley and just what I asked for. Thank you for doing such a great job....can't thank you enough. Keep up the good work. Find A Grave needs more caring people like you.
Have a great New Year.
Added by Penny Wood Spaziani on Jan 11, 2017 10:15 PM
Edward Hager gravesite photo
Spaceman Spiff indeed. Thank you for fulfilling my recent photo request. I certainly appreciate your willingness to do this, your promptness and your high quality image. Many Thanks.
Rodney Miller
Added by RMiller on Jan 11, 2017 9:10 PM
Osborne marker
Thank you so much for such a good photo! And so quickly!
Added by anonymous on Jan 11, 2017 7:53 PM
RE: Ralph Clarence Harris
You are very welcome.
Added by Combs26 on Jan 11, 2017 4:09 AM
Ralph Clarence Harris
I have transferred his memorial to you. I am not related, and you ask first. If a funeral home post the obit, I usually go ahead and make a memorial...sometimes it will be just a name and the birth and death date. I'm not like some of these people that can have a memorial that have a number thirty thousand numbers lower than the one someone made when the obit posted. I know what some are doing and it's very unethical. If it was just one or two every now and then, would not be too bad, but when it's like every other one...something fishy going on. I've seen a few here and there with the memorial made a day and sometimes a week before someone actually passed away. We must have some psychics working on here.. Anyway, thanks for all you do and relatives come first with any memorial I make..Keep up the good work my friend..
Added by Combs26 on Jan 10, 2017 8:26 PM
Lowell Saylor
I am so sorry that it took so long to get the transfer done. You read what I said exactly right. Lowell is a blood relative and you know much more about him than I do. If you should have any others, leave me a msg and it will be much quicker. I don't check the email provider often, because I hate it. Again, I apologize for not being a little faster in getting his memorial to you...THANKS
Added by Combs26 on Jan 10, 2017 9:05 AM
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