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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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Jude Hill
RE: Happy Valley Cemetry Hong Kong
HI Chris, thanks for still remembering about Avis's grave.

My sister took a trip out to Australia over the festive season, & made sure she had a stop off at Hong Kong to visit Avis's grave. She also saw to having the grave tidied up & for future maintenance

We wouldn't have found her if it hadn't been for you & the whole family want to give our heartfelt thanks for your time & work that you have done.

Many many thanks, take care & keep up the good work,

With very kind regards

Added by Jude Hill on Apr 16, 2014 1:30 AM
Hahaha You win !
Added by sandlotball on Apr 12, 2014 12:31 PM
Yu Pin - Pin Yu
His father's name is Shuayuan YŁ Pin and is referenced by surname YŁ Pin.
As for "Paul"; it's not a nickname or an "English" name, it is the name he chose at age 13 for his baptismal name, making it his official forename, regardless of the name he was given at birth.
Perhaps an easy example, from a different religion, would be; one would not create a memorial under the birth name Cassis Clay and relagate "Mohammad Ali" to nickname status.
Civil records, and also in the eyes of his church, and also by his own hand, he was as he was known; (forname) Paul (surname) YŁ Pin.
Perhaps the best solution is to have an "Original Name"' field inserted under the name by which he was famously known, or perhaps to have his original name placed in the body of his biography ?
Added by sandlotball on Apr 12, 2014 11:18 AM
Paul YŁ Pin 37288935
I've sent you a name edit for the person you have identified as (first name) Yu (surname) Pin, nickname "Paul".
The man's name is Paul. "Paul" is not a nickname.
His surname is YŁ Pin, not "Pin".
He is quite famous, having been the Archbishop of Nanking since the late 1940s, then from 1969 on was Paul Cardinal YŁ Pin.
For reference, a simple google search will sufice. You can reference any one of the scores of online biographies of the Cardinal, or use google to choose any one of the many major published biographies written about one of the most famous Catholic Archbishops of the 20th century.
Added by sandlotball on Apr 12, 2014 10:07 AM
RE: Thomas HURDIDGE d. 16 Jul 1925
Thanks for your reply Chris :-)

Have emailed Sun View Cemetery for location of graves...not visiting there but like to add info to my tree. Have found a few more headstone photo's you've taken of same families so am guessing you or someone you've helped is linked to the same ancestors...maybe not?

Added by TracyJames50 on Mar 30, 2014 2:51 AM
Harriet & James EDWARDS buried at Sunset View Cemetery, California, USA
Hi Chris

I left you a message earlier for Thomas Hurdidge and have now found his daughter Harriet EDWARDS nee Hurdidge and her husband James EDWARDS both also buried at Sunset View Cemetery, California, USA. Am hoping you have the location for their graves as well please? Are you related to them in some way as you may be able to help with branches of these families and I've got quite a large tree on the Hurdidge/James, etc branches.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

New Zealand
Added by TracyJames50 on Mar 29, 2014 11:59 PM
Thomas HURDIDGE d. 16 Jul 1925
Hi Chris

I found a headstone for an ancestor in Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, California and am wondering if you have the location of his grave please?

His name is Thomas HURDIDGE and he died 16 Jul 1925.

Appreciate your help.


New Zealand
Added by TracyJames50 on Mar 29, 2014 11:12 PM
Barry Langmore
RE: Ellen G Reilly
Thanks for that information Chris,is there any way obtaining a clearer image of the headstone ,,I read that there had been a cleaning and upgrading of the cemetery,,
Added by Barry Langmore on Feb 16, 2014 8:41 PM
Barry Langmore
Ellen G Reilly
Hi Chris,
Just discovered on your site the above headstone name , do you find the information on request,, just facinated to try and find more information of a relation and how this was sourced, thanks
Added by Barry Langmore on Feb 16, 2014 2:29 PM
Adele Sullivan
George Edward Kingston Prior
Thank you for posting this family member!
I would have never found him otherwise.
Best Wishes
Adele Sullivan
Added by Adele Sullivan on Feb 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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