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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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RE: Happy Valley Cemetery HK
Thanks for the reply

Added by Vonderene on May 05, 2016 7:15 AM
Happy Valley Cemetery HK
You messaged me about a month ago regarding a burial in the above cemetery which I had, it appears, incorrectly thought belonged to my second grand uncle Henry (Harry) Bradford. I seem to have lost the original message which probably disappeared when I removed the burial record from the cemetery. Could you please remind me of the name of the chap who is actually buried in grave number 6811?

Many thanks, Yvonne
Added by Vonderene on May 05, 2016 6:56 AM
RE: Your Gladys Aylward picture
Thank you Chris, that's much appreciated.

Added by Jason on Apr 23, 2016 10:54 AM
Your Gladys Aylward picture
Hi Chris,

I would like to make a simple laminated jigsaw puzzle from a Gladys Aylward photograph in order to teach her story to some students - the idea being to tell her story in parts, and after each part is told I add another piece of the puzzle until finally her completed image is displayed.

May I copy the image from your 'find a grave' posting to do this please? It's the best image I can find of Gladys on the web.

Kind regards
Added by Jason on Apr 21, 2016 8:19 AM
RE: Henry (Harry) Bradford
Hi Chris,
Not to my knowledge, his parents were not certainly.
Added by Vonderene on Apr 13, 2016 9:18 AM
Henry Bradford (again)
Sorry Chris, I meant to say that his Naval record says that he died in Hong Kong Hospital.

Added by Vonderene on Apr 13, 2016 4:26 AM
Henry (Harry) Bradford
Thank you for your recent message regarding the above chap (my great grand uncle) who died in 1904. The picture and details were provided by my uncle who travelled to HK back in 1972 and was told that this was Harry's grave. I had long suspected that someone had told him this without any justification as it was such an anonymous little memorial. Harry was in the British Navy and died of Enteric Fever on 28th March 1904 in HK . Is it at all possible to search for his burial or is this too big a task?
Regards, Yvonne
Added by Vonderene on Apr 13, 2016 4:08 AM
Mark Paull
Bangkok Jewish Cemetary
Hello Chris,

You have done such a wonderful job and I thank you very much for all your efforts.

My friend Richard Bookman is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Bangkok.

Do you know how many people (total) are buried in this section?

How many funerals there have been in that location since the 1970's?.

Who exactly maintains the graves?

Is there an email to contact them?

I want to inquire about the maintenance of the graveside and obtaining a picture of it.

Thank you,
Mark Paull
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Added by Mark Paull on Apr 11, 2016 8:21 AM
Susan Thomas
Enders Family
Thank you for posting and managing the Enders family memorials in Sisley Grove Cemetery! And, for helping to connect them to each other.
Added by Susan Thomas on Apr 05, 2016 1:41 PM
Hualien Taiwan
I see that you have Lin's from Taipei City,
Taiwan. Do you ever make it out to Hualien Taiwan? That is where my husband is from, his mother's surname was Lin.
Added by Becky1986 on Apr 05, 2016 8:32 AM
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