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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
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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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Calculated Age
Yesterday, I sent through quite a few edits for memorials in the Protestant Cemetery in Penang. Unfortunately, I didn't read your lengthy bio until just now. Please allow me a moment to plead for calculating birthdates using the age on tombstones.

In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I felt the same way as you about this. However, having used it extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.

If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.

If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.

If there is a post-1836 death record (such as I worked with on your Prince of Wales Island cemetery), it nearly always contains some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.

I just finished a defunct cemetery here in the US. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?

Thanks for letting me speak on behalf of calculated birth dates. I hope that you will accept my edits, because it took me a good amount of time to calculate all of those and find your missing info in the British death records. You've done a nice job working in these old cemeteries. Hope I've been of some little help to someone looking for your memorials.
Added by JanisG on Jan 27, 2015 1:34 PM
Arshak Sarkies
Dear Chris, do you have a grave photo for Arshak Sarkies please? Died 1931 at Western Road Cemetery Penang. Thank you
Added by TP on Jan 21, 2015 4:43 AM
Heather McLaren
grave of Norman Fox
Dear Chris

I would appreciate it if you could edit the information you have input.

This grave is in the Yanghwajin Foreigners' Cemetery in Seoul in S. Korea. Norman was my mother's brother. He was born in Melbourne, Australia on 13/10/1928 and died on 31/7/1930. His parents were Arthur and Beatrice Fox and they were Salvation Army from Australia. Norman was the youngest of 4 children (2 more were born later in Korea). I was not sure how to up date the web site. I could put in a photo if that is possible

regards Heather McLaren
Added by Heather McLaren on Jan 07, 2015 8:50 PM
patsy (mann)holtz
John C.Williams
I have sent a request that you connect John with his parents, Williston Talbot Williams #137709067 and my great aunt Hettie Ruth Mann Williams #137709092. Hettie is my great aunt (my grandfather Moses Mann's sister) Thank You
Added by patsy (mann)holtz on Dec 14, 2014 1:51 PM
Donald Gorsage Jr
Hattie Perry # 10689154
Would you please transfer this grave to me? This is the daughter of my great great grandmother. Thank you!!
Added by Donald Gorsage Jr on Dec 07, 2014 7:55 AM
Donald Gorsage Jr
Mary E. Grover Perry # 10689142
Would you please transfer this memorial to me? She is my great great grandmother. Thank you!!
Added by Donald Gorsage Jr on Dec 07, 2014 7:46 AM
Linda F
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 98406213
Yes, you are correct, it is Andrew Allison McCaslin. I'll edit his birth info, which is from Picton's Original Record Series, Town of Penobscot, Hancock County, Maine, 1732-1892 p 359/394 (CD). Thanks for the use of the photo. Linda
Added by Linda F on Nov 17, 2014 8:49 AM
Linda F
Find A Grave Memorial# 98406213
Hi Chris, May I use your photo of Find A Grave Memorial# 98406213 on my Ancestry site? Thanks for considering my request, and thanks for posting this memorial, or I never would have found him. Linda
Added by Linda F on Nov 16, 2014 1:14 PM
Romona Powers-Perkins
William Frederick Donaldson
Thank you posting the additional info on Hannah. William was b abt 1872 in Scotland to Robert Donaldson and Mary Kinear. I think this is so terribly sad. Thank you again
Added by Romona Powers-Perkins on Nov 12, 2014 2:20 PM
Romona Powers-Perkins
Hannah Wallace Donaldson and family
O MY how sad to lose the whole family in the typhoon.
Hannah was born Jennie Hannah Wallace 12 Aug 1874 in Glasgow to James Fleming Wallace and Mary Alice Smith. She would be my 2C2R.
Thank you for thanking the time to post her and her family on findagrave!
Added by Romona Powers-Perkins on Nov 12, 2014 6:33 AM
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