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Chris Nelson (#46617359)
 member for 12 years, 11 months, 5 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! :)

Enjoy your graving!
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Virginia Lehne-Hatten
Minnie Gibbs Benville Cemetery
Could you please link my grandmother, Minnie Lewis memorial #6209017 to her father Aaron Swain Gibbs memorial #118866075. Thanks, Virginia Lehne Hatten
Added by Virginia Lehne-Hatten on Apr 13, 2015 12:50 PM
Nathan and Savilla Welton
Chris-you are quick! Thank you so very much for the transfers.
I'm sure our paths will cross again in the future. Thank you so much for all of your conributions to Find A Grave!
Added by Lisa on Apr 09, 2015 8:26 AM
Eric Baker
Hong Kong Cemetery
I see that you have taken many photos in Hong Kong Cemetery although you live in Taiwan. I have a friend who lives in the United Kingdom. He was born in China. His family were British merchants who lived there since the Eighteen Eighties. When the war started he spent four years as a boy in a Japanese internment camp in China. His father is buried in Hong Kong but I do not find anyone with his last name in a Hong Kong cemetery. If I find out the name of the cemetery can you refer me to anyone in Hong Kong who can do some research? It would be much appreciated.

My direct e-mail is

Eric Baker
Durham, North Carolina
Added by Eric Baker on Apr 06, 2015 5:56 AM
Kathleen Aderhold
Zum Andenken
I am mortified that I did not check for a translation of that phrase. I try to accurately input what is on the grave markers. THANK YOU for correcting that.
Added by Kathleen Aderhold on Apr 01, 2015 5:33 PM
David O
RE: Addendum
I'm sure he is happy to be alive and now I don't have to go back and check. :)

Added by David O on Mar 30, 2015 11:10 AM
RE: #49292088 in Penang Protestant
You're a sweetheart. Thank you.

Added by MeganZloty on Mar 21, 2015 10:20 PM
#49292088 in Penang Protestant

I am building a tree for some English families in India for a friend. I have Elizabeth Caroline Pauchard Berlie born abt 1805, died in Bengal, India Nov. 25, 1827. Then I suddenly come across the same person buried in Penang? You have a wonderful photo of the marker and I can see there is a very long inscription. I doubt you transcribed it but if you ever go back, it would be a kindness... I don't think it is appropriate to make a regular photo request since there is a photo.

Thank you,
Megan Peterson
Added by MeganZloty on Mar 21, 2015 6:19 PM
Mark Russell
Edwin Herbert Wallace
Hi Chris

Many thanks for posting the grave of Edwin Herbert Wallace. Do you happen to have a photograph of Edwin at all? I am writing a book (in which he features) and I have been searching for a photograph of him for several years!
With best regards
Added by Mark Russell on Mar 21, 2015 12:35 PM
Keneth K. Bechtel
Have added photo of K.K. Bechtel
Added by Derwin on Mar 17, 2015 7:07 PM
RE: Charity Baired
I do understand, and I had read your profile a couple of days back. Today I was revisiting the memorial, and had a senior moment! Mea culpa! Thanks for holding up the standards. I strive for accuracy in proving my claims!
Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow! Cheers!
Added by NancyPoquette on Mar 17, 2015 5:03 PM
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