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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.
NOTE - I WILL GLADLY TRANSFER ANY MEMORIALS I OWN IN CAVE HILL CEMETERY, JEFFERSON COUNTY KY
A FEW TIPS FOR TAKING GOOD TOMBSTONE PICTURES:
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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|Ronald Sbertoli||RE: McNeese and Harris|
I do have several headstones that I can not read. Your family might be among those.
|Ronald Sbertoli||Samuell Mc Neese|
There is now a Headstone Photo on the Memorial.
R. W. Sbertoli #47617208
|Mary Bowers||Ethel E Whitaker Murphy|
Thank you so much for the information. I will pursue other avenues to find out if your Ethel E is my Ethel E Murphy. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Mary
|Mary Bowers||Ethel E Whitaker Murphy|
I am curious as to the maiden name of Whitaker for Ethel E Murphy. Since you don't have a picture of the headstone, I am wondering where you got the information??? I have my family member, Ethel Emily Cade, as Leonard Murphy's wife. Can you give me any help here? I sure would appreciate it. Thank you.
|Eileen Bridges||Stoner photo|
Thank you so very much for the tombstone photo! I certainly appreciate your time and effort. Eileen Bridges
|sherjstone||John & Gustie Welden @ Welch|
Wow, that was fast!! Thanks so much for the photos. I'll be sending some corrections for Gustie.
|Robert Matthews||RE: transfer|
thank you for transferring him to me. I also appreciate the helpful information about the best way to contact people.
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
|Ronald Sbertoli||RE: MCNEESE FAMILY|
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
|Greg Tucker||Moomaw Photos|
Thanks very much for these photos at Welch Cemetery. I appreciate your efforts---well done!
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