|Tim & Grace (#46907821)|
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I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.|
REUNITING FAMILIES ON FINDAGRAVE
Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on ancestry.com that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to ancestry.com, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.
I will [Transfer] memorials.
I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...
If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.
I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.
I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.
UNKNOWN BURIAL LOCATIONS
Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did.
Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone.
When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.
By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!
Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!
"Live Long and Prosper!" \V/,
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|Gary Bonney||Bonneys in Maine|
Hi Tim: I got your message. My computer went down and I was forced to buy a new one. Unfortunately I had to go to Windows 7 I hate the format. Because of that I was forced to go to My family tree 2014. I hate that format even worse. Right now I am trying to find out these bells and whistles. I am also having them add more to the computer. I will get back to you when I feel comfortable with what is going on.
In the meantime. If you know corrections that need to be done. send edits and I will transfer the memorials to you.
|Lucy||Valentine Matthews, Jr.|
Have transferred this memorial to you. Thanks for updating his information.
Added by Lucy on Mar 03, 2014 1:30 PM
Thanks for passing along the location information.
|Mike Denis||RE: Bicfords in Lakeview Cemetery|
Always a pleasure to transfer to people like you, who will reunite families and take care of them.
|Ed Bickford||RE: Transfers|
Thanks for everything! The work you have done has saved me a lot of work!
|Ed Bickford||Amelia Jane Conahan|
I processed the death date change you sent to me. Where did you find that? It's a different year than what I had found.
|SheilaMC||RE: Togus photo request|
Thanks... I looked at the photos for Thomas Bane and I certainly can see the wait. Kudos for getting that one - I looks like it was a chore! I am in wait mode myself here on The North Shore due to snow, but we are in a little better shape than you. Thanks so much for the info and I look forward to the photo, whenever it becomes possible
Added by SheilaMC on Feb 25, 2014 11:11 PM
|Scott Baumann||Tupper Graves in Maple Cemetery|
Hi Tim and Grace,
I want to thank you so very much for your photos of Deborah Allen Tupper and her daughter Deborah Tupper which I found online tonight.
Deborah Allen who married Dr. James Tupper had another daughter Cordelia Tupper who is my 3rd Great grandmother.
So finding these grave pictures online tonight was very exciting. I also know from my own work with over 40 years of genealogical work in my back ground that taking these photos NOW is very important.
I took a picture of another grave of a relative about 10 years ago who passed in 1852. I went back last year and the stone was broken and in pieces and illegible, so I am glad I took the picture I did when I did. So for that reason, thank you.
Scott Baumann (#47394354)
|Bruce Thornton||RE: New Edit Function|
Thank you for making me aware of the edit feature. I have just cleared mine.
|Steve||Berry and Bane|
Thank you for posting the grave photos for veterans Thomas Bane and Robert Berry.
Added by Steve on Feb 21, 2014 5:53 PM
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