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CryptoGrammy (#46897564)
 member for 7 years, 10 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo Grief never ends,
but it changes.
It is a passage,
not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of
weakness or lack of faith...
it is the price of love.

I don't post more than a couple memorials a day on average, but I have done research into the families of nearly all of them, and I'm glad to help with most anyone's ancestral brick walls however I'm able. My own 2015 came in with a big bang for being able to finish add/linking together many members of a family from my elementary school neighborhood, and I continue to expand their tree as I collect more clues...sure wish my home-town newspaper archives were online so I could find the details of a murder that involved the Green Wing Grocery!

Obviously FindAGrave is like any other pyramid-type as the membership increases, memorials and pictures left to be added decrease. There are already over 125,000,000 memorials; so considering that half the people who ever lived on Planet Earth are living now, and that it's unknown where over 90% of the dead many does that leave? -LOL and go figure.

The picture "request" function started around mid-2007, and pix were limited in size to 250K: a comparatively tiny 1/32 of 8M now allowed; at first there was only one guy and me taking pix in Arlington National (all that white granite for matching military markers comes from Vermont...not China :^), and there weren't many requests, so you can see how membership and contributions have exploded! I've had to tell my eager grandboy that there will probably be little picture-taking left to do when another seven years pass, just always recent deaths to add.

Fodder is running lower, but there are still helpful and personally-rewarding "angel" tasks to be done...2015 is bringing FaG-ers the ability to upload pic from onsite, and then others to help with the transcriptions.

ANY information on privately-owned and defunct burial places is still ALWAYS appreciated by those seeking the trails of their ancestors...are they still there lying unmarked and disrespected? Were they moved elsewhere? Are they near other family and/or friends? I was gladly able to do this for the cemetery nearest to me in kidhood that I never knew about way back then ~ when I held my breath in passing cemeteries ~ as it was already defunct...altho' one of my brothers once found a toppled headstone while bike-riding (him, not the headstone) dirt roads there.

Those who are willing & able: little burial grounds usually need cleaning and repairs; but don't go alone, and be careful ~ I myself have encountered snakes and Black Widow spiders...and been told creepy tales about the LIVING I might encounter. Which reminds me I did visit one cemetery that had a homeless? person living in it...not there, but I didn't want to bother his? belongings.

You many kind, prolific contributors might try adding people from their death records found online...including where you got the data from and that they probably have no marker so the living don't get false hope for a picture.

Other Less-Important Stuff:

Some might think others of us are too possessive about pictures we take and post, but you probably haven't encountered someone who deletes memorials after lifting the pictures others added to them...then remakes the memorials with same pictures claimed as their own. It takes just one rotten apple ~ a few manipulators, stalkers, and egotistical game players who appear to have no life with the living ~ to require others to generate reports on such activity...and restrict the rest of the barrel.

COMMENTS ON MESSAGES TO ME ABOUT COPYRIGHT ISSUES, INCLUDING FindAGrave's OWN rules and regulations, found here ~ FindAGrave FAQs ~ which admonish, among else: >> ONLY post photos for which YOU hold the copyright (meaning photos you took)!!!

The copyright of all photos posted to Find A Grave remains with the original submitter. No use of photos for any other website or personal use is given without prior consent of the original submitter.

No photos taken from any website, including Find A Grave!!! <<

You can use pictures I've taken and posted on this site in your online family trees by making a connective link to the original and/or including " FindAGrave member #46897564"; none may be sold and/or exchanged for any type of payment.

I found including biographies & obits helpful, but they are against site rules unless I/you own the copyrights so do not ask me to add any to memorials unless you can include ownership assurance.

My Reasons for Being on FindAGrave:

I oversaw the newsletter of Colonel David Hackworth, military author/ commentator/ columnist with 8 Purple Hearts, for several years until he died from the effects of Agent Blue (used along with Agent Orange in Vietnam) while my husband was off in a war zone; at which time I needed a new focus and determined to pin-point our then-totally-unknown ancestors: at least 28 Revolutionary War Patriots, his Mayflower and Salem "witch" ancestors, my "hanky-panky in the palace" people...and many *ships who pass in the night* ~ then sometimes remain friends ~ who have been great fun, challenges, and blessings to find.

So, at the onset in 2005, I was first able to find basic facts of the missing Major James Powell, and began a two-year mission to restore his legacy which was lost upon his death at Shiloh 145 years ago today as I write this 06APRIL2007. This long walk, still being shared with both living and non-bodied souls, is what educated me in how to usually quite rapidly find pertinent data for you "strangers," which I still remain happily willing to do!

My biggest peeve in research was seeing my favorite greatgrandmother constantly referred to as "Mrs. G.: husband's first initial and married name" ~ most ALL females losing their identities up into the 1960s; so I'm elated whenever I successfully work the puzzles ~ better than word math, sudoku, or cryptograms ~ of finding and posting ladies' maiden names as the most appropriate and long-lasting FLOWERS to their memories, and alas, I still have two maiden names in my own Heck(ofA)family to dig up. May all of Granny Vance's roses perpetually bloom bright and happy!

The book of life is brief,
And once the pages read
All but love is dead:
That is my belief.
(Bobby Goldsboro, 1960s)

God is Love.
(1 John 4:8)
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Eva Pippin Flowers
Harold Jacob and Flossie Beatrice (Gilson) Imhoff
Thank you so much for the photos for the Imhoff's sites. You have done a great job! May you be blessed for blessing others!
Added by Eva Pippin Flowers on Jan 20, 2015 9:46 PM
Harry Glover

I'm writing to request that you transfer Harry Glover #27551509 to me. I am a descendant of the Glovers and I would be happy to 'tend' to his memorial.
My Find A Grave # is 466272266.
Thanks in advance.
Added by D-Dot on Jan 20, 2015 6:47 PM
Donald McNew
Thank you for going to the cemetery to take the photo of the headstone of my relative Donald McNew.

I greatly appreciate your courtesy and kindness!

Victoria Ralston
Added by familysearcher on Jan 20, 2015 3:33 PM
Estevan Mirabal
re: Nora P. Sandoval
I sent you a SAG re: Nora's memorial, but I would ask you to delete your as I discovered I had created one for her on June 19, 2012 # 92190667 the year before yours. I had it as Elenor "Nora" Pena Sandoval.

I thank you again,

Added by Estevan Mirabal on Jan 14, 2015 10:44 PM
ohio gal
Re: Helen Greenlee
Helen Greenlee sister Lucy was my Great Grandmother.
Added by ohio gal on Jan 13, 2015 8:32 AM
Claire Ehrhart Abel
RE: Eleanora Lewis
Thank you - strange how people just don't put markers. I have a friend who died and her brother is the only survivor and he refuses to put a marker on her grave - talk about family problems - that's crazy

Thank you again
Added by Claire Ehrhart Abel on Jan 12, 2015 9:00 AM
Ann Pronger Wells
Walter, Marjorie and Jolund Schmidt
Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures of the Schmidt family. Your prompt reply is certainly appreciated. This helps fill in some family gaps. Take Care
Added by Ann Pronger Wells on Jan 12, 2015 1:39 AM
Ronna Dumas
Robert & Henrietta Mulka
Thank you so much for the photo of Robert and Henriettas gravestone! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

Added by Ronna Dumas on Jan 11, 2015 7:42 PM
Claire Ehrhart Abel
Eleanora Lewis
Thank you for the picture and information!
Added by Claire Ehrhart Abel on Jan 11, 2015 4:59 PM
mary bielas
Etta Fraser Travelbee
Etta was my aunt. Joseph Fraser was her father and my grand father. Her brother Clarence Joseph Fraser was my father.

I have been trying to document Clarence Harpham who i believe was buried in Whipple cementry. He was Joseph Fraser's father in law and my Great Grandfather. His wife, my great grandmother, died in child birth but I assume he had another family.
Added by mary bielas on Jan 09, 2015 9:44 PM
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