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CatheaC (#47339429)
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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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Eileen Bridges
Stoner photo
Thank you so very much for the tombstone photo! I certainly appreciate your time and effort. Eileen Bridges
Added by Eileen Bridges on Oct 28, 2014 7:37 AM
John & Gustie Welden @ Welch
Wow, that was fast!! Thanks so much for the photos. I'll be sending some corrections for Gustie.

Thanks, Sherrill
Added by sherjstone on Oct 27, 2014 5:48 PM
Robert Matthews
RE: transfer
thank you for transferring him to me. I also appreciate the helpful information about the best way to contact people.
Added by Robert Matthews on Oct 24, 2014 3:58 PM
Robert Matthews
Could you please transfer Noel B Cisco #135503491 to me. He is my uncle and I would like to add more information about him.

Thanks, Robert Matthews
Added by Robert Matthews on Oct 24, 2014 1:04 PM
Ronald Sbertoli
Thanks for the kind words. I maybe looking you up when I get into the McNeese family. My wife has several in her ancestry.

Thanks again and am glad to have helped in some small way.

R. W. Sbertoli
Added by Ronald Sbertoli on Oct 10, 2014 8:33 AM
Greg Tucker
Moomaw Photos
Thanks very much for these photos at Welch Cemetery. I appreciate your efforts---well done!
Added by Greg Tucker on Oct 10, 2014 7:00 AM
JoAnn Dechant
Cave Hill burials
Hello CatheaC, thank you for your offer to transfer graves to me. How do I find out which of my family graves you have in your site?

Thanks for all your work.

Jo Ann
Added by JoAnn Dechant on Oct 07, 2014 9:45 PM
Annemarie Gerace
RE: George Stroud
So sorry about George's gravesite. His grave is located close to the curb in a group of 6 others (no other Strouds, though. I checked all surrounding area and even rechecked the database and my section map to make sure I had the correct location. But of that group of 6, 2 graves are not marked. Again sorry.
Added by Annemarie Gerace on Oct 04, 2014 5:41 PM
JoAnn Dechant
Lillie Akers Berger
Hi Carol, as you live in Oklahoma and have some one researching in Indiana. How did you come to post someone from Cave Hill Cemetery. What you put on Find A Grave is available through Cave Hill Cemetery web site.

But of course you would have to know that the person was buried there first.
Ancestry alerted me to your posting of this grave. As I have personal information for this person. I am not interested in the Ancestry alert. But this is not always the situation.

Please keep up the good work that you have begun.

Yes there are cemeteries that have now restricted the average person from taking photos of gravesites not considered the family.

A recent Genealogical seminar I attended brought up the legality of someone taking a photo and posting it if they were not the "owner". A nice discussion ensued.

One question of interest was. The legality of someone receiving compensation for a photo of the stone. I believe that is why the cemeteries are changing their rules in some places.

Jo Ann
Added by JoAnn Dechant on Oct 03, 2014 9:55 PM
RE: Paul, Donald and Infant McCaslin
Thank you so much for your efforts. You and Mark are what makes findagrave work!

Lois Johnson
McCaslin/McCasland Researcher
Johnson County INGenWeb Coordinator
Added by lebj on Oct 01, 2014 4:59 PM
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