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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
 member for 14 years, 4 months, 19 days
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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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Brian Beesley
RE: St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Chris,
Thanks so much for your kind help, I can't tell you how much this means. This story has had so many twists and turns, I can't believe it all. Looking forward to hearing from you. My fingers are crossed!!
Brian
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 27, 2016 9:40 PM
C.Foote
Walter Carroll
Dear Chris: Thank you for transferring Walter Carroll's memorial to my care. My family is so grateful for you starting this memorial as I have been looking for information on my great Aunt and Uncles and without your assistance I would never have discovered Uncle Walter in Bangkok. This information has led me to discover that he was an importer of items from the far east just as my grandfather had done for the family. Thanks again. Take care,
Added by C.Foote on Sep 27, 2016 5:18 PM
Brian Beesley
RE: St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Hi Chris, I have found that the grave for Anna Hunter is #6399 in Section 3 at St Michaels. I am hoping you can get a photo and maybe there will be more information at the office or on the stone. She also went by the name Kot Choy and Goot Choy. I am trying to confirm if she is my great grandmother. I have been looking for almost 20 years and only discovered her info recently. It would be a big help to find out.
Thanks you so much
Brian Beesley
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 27, 2016 9:37 AM
Brian Beesley
St Michaels Catholic Cemetery, H Kong
Anne Hunter

Looking for info on Anne Hunter born Sept 8 1854
died Jan 31 1937.
Carl Smith cards say she might be in this cemetery. Could also be listed as Anna Hunter, alias Goot Choy, Kot Choy ( see Gwulo.com )
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
I am in Canada so personal searches in Hong Kong are not possible for me.
Thanks you
Brian Hunter Beesley
seemex98@aol.com
Added by Brian Beesley on Sep 08, 2016 2:42 PM
Denise Simpson
Harry Shepherd
I was so surprised when I found photos of my Dads gravestone on your site. My Dad passed very suddenly in HK at the age of 49 whilst with the Air Ministry out there, and we had to return to the UK within about a month. It was a horrible time, but now being able to actually 'add flowers' (which I have never been able to do properly)means such a lot.Thank you so much.
Added by Denise Simpson on Sep 02, 2016 5:08 AM
C.Foote
Walter George Carroll
Dear Chris:
Thank you for adding the family information I sent. It was only due to your efforts that I found where my Great Granduncle is laid to rest. He and my Grandfather,Alexander, were importers of Asian items brought to Toronto,Canada where their parents had an Import store on Yonge St. My Mother told me stories of sitting on the laps of Mandarin men in traditional clothing eating lichi. I was most surprised to find him in Bangkok as his Canadian WW1 records indicated he died in 1929. I found the military had made an error and placed the death note in the wrong Great Granduncle's file.
I would greatly appreciate if his memorial could be transferred to my care as I have the vast majority of the family history and am trying to link them together.
Thank you for all that you do. Without it I would never have found him. Sincerely,
Added by C.Foote on Aug 25, 2016 8:16 PM
WKA
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
WKA
St. Michael's Cemetery, Hong Kong
Hi,
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
JanetS
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
Vonderene
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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