I visited Find-A-Grave for years filling in blanks on my family tree. After retirement I decided to become a contributor too (2010) here in central Oklahoma. I took all the small cemeteries in Canadian County and some in Kingfisher County. Now that there are so many volunteers with cell phone cameras, I have given up. I still take photos when I am in Illinois or Kentucky cemeteries.
For Obits in the Johnson County Indiana and surrounding counties that are not included on memorials, or for deaths of people who do not have a known burial location, see this link:
THANK YOU to all of you who have posted the many old obits we have sent you. We have had many comments of appreciation from descendants. Some of these old obits told intimate and/or historical details about the person and those are very valuable to researchers.
Mark McCrady is working diligently to cull these old obits from newspapers at the Indiana State Library, find burial locations and photograph stones, and I am working many hours a day transcribing them. Lois Johnson, Johnson County INGENWEB Coordinator, is placing these obits on her site (above) so they can be shared with family. [If you don't find the obit you are looking for, she is in the process of uploading them to her website. You can ask me for a copy until she has them posted.] Unfortunately, we have not been able to find burial locations for all of these people, but you may find them on her site.
To all of you who will not post these old obits we send you, F/G has relaxed what they used to say about it:
Can I add a memorial from a newspaper or other 3rd party source? Find A Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record. What we ask is that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of copyright, refrain from adding information about living people, and respond generously to the family of the deceased. –
NOTES - To view the photograph at full resolution and clarity, click on it to see the larger view.
Please note that the new system allows you to easily post edit requests by clicking the EDIT tab on your bio page - and then clicking "process edits" at the bottom of that screen.
*************** 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!! 5. Invest in a good camera and an editing program like Photoshop Elements to adjust contrast and crop and straighten the image. 6. Remember that now F/G allows an 8MB size on photos.
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.** __________________________________________ GENEALOGY - Some of my family surnames: KENTUCKY - Durrett, Skaggs, Pierce, Bloyd, Thompson, Cantrell, Elmore, Chaudoin ILLINOIS - Mingee, Thornton, Gilreath, McNeese, Harris, Strader, McCrady
RE: Kirch Kuykendall Thank you. Last year we went to Colorado, (usually a yearly trip), and went to Mt. Pisgah cemetery to find Kirch and his father, but they were buried in unmarked graves. Don't know if because of the situation or they didn't have the money for headstones. It was a humble experience. Everyone deserves there name on a headstone. I am rsching the Kuykendall line and trying to update anything and everything I can on them. Been doing it about 10 years. Exhaustive but yet so fun and rewarding to do. Thank you again. Alvin
Thomas M. Coleman Cathea, I added the obit for Thomas Martin Coleman. Thanks for the obit, I had the one from the Martinsville paper but not the Franklin paper. He was my 4th Great Grandfather and the Grandson of Jacob Coleman a patriot in the Revolutionary War, of which I was able to become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution. His Father, also named Jacob Coleman was a veteran of the War of 1812. Stacey
Capt Silas Bent FindAGrave is a joy because of people like you! Thanks for the transfer. I learn so much in working and sharing here. Until I found captain Bent, it had never occurred to me that in early sailing days someone had to survey the coastline of *anything*. Now we know who surveyed beautiful Japan. Annie