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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
 member for 13 years, 6 months, 13 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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Messages left for Chris Nelson (492)[Leave Message]
Pat Summan
RE: Ingels graves, Bentonville Cemetery
You are quite right - I did have it wrong. Thanks for setting me straight.
Added by Pat Summan on Nov 22, 2015 9:01 PM
Ella Lucille Fey Lewis
Hi, Chris,
I only have one record from which is called Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index, but nothing else to support it.
Added by NancyPoquette on Nov 20, 2015 11:44 PM
Debbie J
RE: Francis Sechrest (83916173), Highland Cem.
That is not where he is buried. That plot is for Frank Sechrest 1873-1903 who does have a marker. I have worked on this for you before. I can not find any listing of Francis or Mary Sechrest in Highland Cemetery. And now that I have more of the cemetery done, I still can not find them.
Added by Debbie J on Nov 16, 2015 10:16 PM
Thank you for getting the locations of the Clays. Lexington Cemetery's website database is such a joy. I will try to get those photographed when I head down there for Thanksgiving.
Added by Keri on Nov 15, 2015 2:43 PM
Michael Pitcock
Chris, You rock! I read your bio and you are helping out with F-A-G for all the right reasons. Thank you so much for your contributions. I'm sure your work has helped many people.
Added by Michael Pitcock on Nov 10, 2015 12:27 PM
McCormick graves in Hong Kong
Hi Chris,
It is some time since we last communicated and I have just been looking at the Hong Kong graves for Alexander and Olivia and see that you have added some extra photos for me. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. They appear to be weathering quite well given the years that have elapsed. I was wondering if you might consider handing management of Alexander's memorial over to me at some point, I would like to add some extra information to it.
Kindest regards,
Karen McCormick
Added by KVM on Nov 09, 2015 4:19 AM
Madeleine Isenberg
RE: Jewish Cemetery in Taiwan?
Hi Chris,
I'm guessing you haven't been able to upload Ponang because you can't read them. Can you send me a few samples? I'll see if at least I can provide spelling of names if they look like anything I'm familiar with. Then maybe we can do this together.

How many stones were in Ponang?


Added by Madeleine Isenberg on Nov 05, 2015 1:56 PM
Madeleine Isenberg
Jewish Cemetery in Taiwan?
Hi Chris,
I've seen your name and many of the stones you have posted including some Jewish ones. I try to add the translations of names from the Hebrew and convert the dates if possible.

I do a lot of translations of such Jewish stones from cemeteries all over the world. Since you live in Taiwan, is there a Jewish cemetery there? If so, I'd love to help with some of the transcriptions. (If you do other exotic places like Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, etc., where many people don't realize there was also a Jewish presence, I'd certainly be interested!)

Thanks for all that you do!

Added by Madeleine Isenberg on Nov 05, 2015 11:44 AM
Franklin Family History
Mark David Rosenberg
Hello Chris,

You are correct in your observation that there are Mark David Rosenberg memorials recorded in each of the adjacent cemeteries.

You might want to take a moment to review the dates of birth and death on those 2 memorials.....and then perhaps reconsider your suggested edit for the Protestant Church memorial?
Added by Franklin Family History on Oct 25, 2015 10:14 PM
Time Traveler
Rev Matthew Hugh Kelleher # 109985980
Thanks Chris! I made the correction. I appreciate your help. The biographies for overseas burials from the United States are sometimes vague about burial locations.
Added by Time Traveler on Sep 22, 2015 9:13 AM
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