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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 11 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.

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Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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JIP
RE: Hutchinson Cemetery
Zella,
Everyday I learn something new !!!!!
I had no idea there were two cemeteries in Blair County with very similar names.
The Cemetery in which my son sent you a note is located in Eldorado. I can understand why you must have spent hours de-tangling the interments.

Thanks for your reply!!
JIP
Added by JIP on Feb 05, 2016 3:04 PM
Bickle
RE: John W. Shirer
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mysong/p18.htm
Added by Bickle on Feb 05, 2016 1:01 AM
pe986
RE: Johan Doerr
Ok, thank you. I have found some very questionable information on the trees, also. If I find a good source, I will let you know.
Patricia
Added by pe986 on Feb 04, 2016 9:55 PM
pe986
RE: Johan Doerr
The information on his birth was from Ancestry.com - Public Member trees
Patricia
Added by pe986 on Feb 03, 2016 10:37 PM
Susan Bowman
RE: Fernanda Maria
Hi again,

Here is a link to former associate member of FM.

Find A Grave Memorial# 67538315
Added by Susan Bowman on Feb 03, 2016 1:52 PM
Susan Bowman
RE: Fernanda Maria
Hi Kathy,
No, I am currently the Registrar for FM. If you look in your yearbook for this year you will find the name of our current Historian and then can locate her in our book. I am not going to post her name or email address on Findagrave.
Sue
Added by Susan Bowman on Feb 03, 2016 1:48 PM
Carl Catherman
Alvin & Flora Spade
Zella, thank you very much for your quick response to my edit suggestions.
Added by Carl Catherman on Feb 02, 2016 9:57 AM
JIP
Hutchinson Cemetery
Hello Zella,
Recently built a home behind the Hutchinson Cemetery in Altoona. During construction, early fall, had the opportunity to do some wondering in the neighborhood and came upon this cemetery. A sick feeling came upon after viewing the conditions of the cemetery, very sad that the headstones have been damaged thru the years.
My mother does family and genealogy so I ask her if she new anything about this cemetery. She was able to locate on Find A Grave from which I was able to review the pictures and information you had gathered and posted. Ten years ago, the cemetery apparently was in better condition.
The reason for my note is to extent appreciation for what you are doing for the many graves of those deceased who no longer have family surviving. Find A Grave is a great website!!! to preserve history before it vanishes from changes in society.
Please keep up the good work!!!
Added by JIP on Jan 28, 2016 12:41 PM
Susan DiDomenico
Mary Clark
Hi Zella,
Well looking to see if my 2nd Great Grandfather was buried in Old St Mary's I saw Mary Clark, his wife and three of their children. My question is, do you have a copy of Hollidaysburg Happenings article you talk about or can you tell me where I can get it? I'm having a difficult time finding it or anything on Bernard "Barney" or her in writing. Thank you.
Susan
Added by Susan DiDomenico on Jan 27, 2016 7:13 AM
Debbie
Sarah Haley Penrod # 38945050
Hello-
Your Sarah is Mother to my William E. Penrod #157349488. Do you mind if I connect the two? Sarah's husband is Tobias Penrod.

Thank you for your time-
Debbie #46911311
Added by Debbie on Jan 22, 2016 4:59 PM
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