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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 anthony
HongKong Cemetery # 24079020 / George Parker
dear chris, i think it's lovely you are documenting the graves.
i have been trying to find information on one grave in particular which you have documented. you mentioned some of them are your relatives, i wonder if this person might be related somehow...

the grave is at the hong kong cemetery . belonging to master mariner - george parker.

any comments or advice on how i might be able to trace him relatives would be awesome...

thx so much chris
Added by jude anthony on Jul 29, 2016 5:57 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
St. Michael's Cemetery, Hong Kong
I am doing some research work regarding a step-uncle who served in U.S. Navy in China during the period (about) 1925-1942 (he left with the Mindanau and was ultimately taken prisoner at the fall of Corregidor.) His three children were born in Hong Kong and the middle child died there of tuberculosis at at Wajima Hospital, Wanchai, Hong Kong (when he was eight years old). The records I have seen indicate that he was interred in “Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hong Kong, Grave Number 6986”.

It would appear that this hospital was on the site of the present Ruttonjee Hospital and of the two Catholic cemeteries I have found (St. Michael’s and Holy Cross) this seems the closest and most likely. Since you have been there before, I thought you might be able to provide an opinion. The child is not shown on the present find-a-grave list, but that list presently shows only 83.
Added by WKA on Jul 15, 2016 11:03 AM
Susan St. John
Garstin, John
Thank you very very much for sharing your work with me.

Susan St. John
Added by Susan St. John on Jul 08, 2016 2:26 PM
Susan St. John
Garstin, General John
Hello Chris,

Thank you for your dedication to helping us find the deaths of family members.

Maj. Gen. John Garstin is my 4th Great Grandfather.
He died 16 Feb. 1820.
He is buried in South Park Cemetery, Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

May I have your permission to place the pictures you have that pertain to the death and burial of Maj Gen John Garstin on my Garstin Family Tree which I have created on Ancestry.

VERITASUK (screen name) is dedicated to finding his family tree. He contacted me when he found an answer to 10 or more years search during that time I had tried to find the answer of my 2nd Great Grandfather, August Edward Garstin Smith and 3rd Great Grandfather, Charles Garstin Smith.

If you require other information, please let me know.

Happy wandering!

Susan St. John
Added by Susan St. John on Jul 06, 2016 12:34 PM
Deare Couple in India
Thank you for photographing and entering the headstone for Lt Col Charles Russell Deare and his wife, Catherine, in Calcutta, India. I'm fascinated that someone who might be one of my distant ancestors was buried in such an exotic location. And what a great headstone, with detail about how he died and that his brother paid for the memorial. I wonder what happened to their daughter, Charlotte. Thanks, again!
Added by JanetS on Jun 27, 2016 2:35 PM
Lieut W Atcherley
Hi Chris - many thanks posting the photos of the Hong Kong memorial which includes Lt William Atcherley. I would very much like to use a couple of the images on my Atcherley family history website at - would you be willing to let me do so? I would of course add an appropriate credit / copyright notice according to your wishes. Best regards, Steve
Added by on May 13, 2016 12:57 PM
David Qualls
Bill "Billy" Qualls
Thanks for the photo <3
Added by David Qualls on May 10, 2016 7:11 PM
Larry E. Wright
RE: Ellen
Photos posted. I see you requested an edit to add the nickname. That's good to clarify since the stone only says Nellie B Smith.
Added by Larry E. Wright on May 08, 2016 10:17 AM
RE: Happy Valley Cemetery HK
Many thanks for that - although I do wonder if, due to the cause of his death (Enteric Fever) he might have been buried in a burry, or even cremated?

I went through the website you recommended but could not see anything on there myself. According to his death registration his father was informed on 9th May that he had died in HK.

Regards, Yvonne
Added by Vonderene on May 06, 2016 2:13 AM
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