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CatheaC (#47339429)
 member for 4 years, 6 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo I visited Find-A-Grave for years filling in blanks on my family tree. After retirement I decided to become a contributor too. I wanted to "pay it forward" by helping others find their relatives buried here in central Oklahoma. (2000)

(2014) I have now turned my attention to Indiana. I am working with a cousin to add memorials and photographs to the thousands of old cemeteries there. He does the leg work and I do the desk work.
I wish more people (other than F/G volunteers) understood the importance of what volunteers are doing here. We are preserving history, allowing family from all over the country to 'see' their loved ones' burial locations, and providing a valuable genealogical resource. Lately I have heard more and more stories of cemeteries not allowing volunteers to shoot photographs or charging $5 to look up the location of just one burial. I don't know if it's the influx of volunteers who are too eager to do their job or just the lack of understanding for what we do.
I wish they understood that we ARE honoring and respecting the dead by making sure they are remembered!
I look at Find-a-Grave as my new "job" because I get to work with people who have a common purpose and love of what they are doing. The 99% of helpful, friendly, and cooperative people I find here more than out weigh the four people I have run into who are vicious and hateful. You will run into them, but know that they are the minority here and don't let them discourage you.

If anyone has complaints about my memorials try asking nicely first without the venom - you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar - as Mama used to say.

1. Take a photo of the entire tombstone first, then get a close-up of the name if it is hard to read on the whole view. Try to fill the frame with the stone and not the surrounding countryside, homes, cars, etc.
2. Look for your reflection or shadow in the tombstone BEFORE you take the picture! Stand to the side to prevent reflection.
3. Squat in order to get on the same level as the tombstone - don't stand and shoot down at a sharp angle.
4. If the stone is vertical, take the picture vertically - it will display on the memorial much larger than horizontally. PLEASE DO NOT put the picture up sideways!!! This is very disrespectful!! If you don't know how to turn it, ask me and I will try to help.

We are trying to preserve history so we want the very best pictures possible - it may be all that survives!

** My photos may be used for any nonprofit purpose - ONLY IF - you give credit by listing your source so others can find it. Noting the source INCLUDES the photographer's name, and the Find-a-Grave memorial number or website.**
Some of my family surnames:
KENTUCKY - Durrett, Skaggs, Pierce, Bloyd, Thompson, Cantrell, Elmore, Chaudoin
ILLINOIS - Mingee, Thornton, Gilreath, McNeese, Harris, Strader, McCrady
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mark edmonson
RE: Abraham Manhein
The second picture shows where that stone has SUNK. It happens here alot. I could feel it with a screw driver, but the grass has grown over it. It's where that indentation is in the ground. If you call the city, they can send someone to uncover it, fill with dirt, and reset it. i am not sure if there is a charge, I DONT THINK SO, its in the perpetual care. But that is WHY I took the second picture
Added by mark edmonson on Feb 11, 2015 11:38 AM
McCaslins in Greenlawn Cemetery
Thank you for taking care of this problem so promptly.

Lois Johnson
Johnson County INGenWeb Coordinator
McCaslin Researcher
Added by lebj on Feb 04, 2015 2:54 PM
dorothy hammarlund
RE: David Bayles, Jr
Dear Cathea C;

Thank you very much for information re the edit tab, I will follow those directions. I am not adept about using the computer as I'm quite elderly and there were no computers in schools in my day.
Thank you very much for your help.

Dorothy H.
Added by dorothy hammarlund on Feb 02, 2015 10:04 AM
dorothy hammarlund
Memorial #100675954
Dear Cathea:

Sorry, about message error--will send information again for Jesse Bayles, brother of my David Bayles, Jr., of the above-referenced Memorial Number:

Jesse Bayles was born 16 Nov. 1801, monongalia, w. va., died 7 July 1887, Shelby Co., Ky. He was the son of David Bayles and Sarah (Thornton) Bayles.
Jesse Bayles had four marriages:

Elizabeth Weaver; Susan J. Buchanan; Rebecca Porter McNitt; Mary Jane Head.

Jesse Bayles was a Colonel of 4 Ky. Cavalry in the Civil War. There is a biography of Jesse Bayles, #10128, in, "Kentucky, A History of the State," Battle, Perrin, and Kniffin, 6th. Ed., 1887, Shelby Co. Thank you, Dorothy H.
Added by dorothy hammarlund on Jan 31, 2015 9:00 AM
donna rossi
RE: stephens
Your welcome. And yep they are not in Tuttle.
Added by donna rossi on Jan 20, 2015 12:21 AM
You're very welcome. I enjoy doing it.

Regina (RKD)
Added by RKD on Jan 19, 2015 11:38 AM
Lyn Richey
Nellie Hendricks
Thank you so much for the transfer!!!
Added by Lyn Richey on Jan 09, 2015 12:58 AM
Lyn Richey
Nellie Hendricks
Thank you for contributing! I now have a headstone photo and burial information on my great Aunt.

If you can't transfer her memorial to me...Could you please add Williams to her maiden name also?

Thank you,
Added by Lyn Richey on Jan 08, 2015 8:53 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer and a big thank you
Hello again,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Henry Foster Blevins # 100677822
to my care. I have successfully connected him with his parents, and four of his seven siblings. As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Dec 10, 2014 10:04 PM
RE: Seasons Greetings
Thanks so much! Hope you have a wonderful New Year too!! God bless you and your loved ones as well!!
Added by sandygirl on Dec 09, 2014 1:57 PM
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