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Tim & Grace (#46907821)
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Bio Photo 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.

This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit.
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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 that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to, 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.

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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Kathy Manning
Mercier, George and Waltzing Matilda
Bless your heart and THANK YOU!
Added by Kathy Manning on Oct 25, 2016 7:39 PM
Lin McNamara
RE: Prestons and Bronsons in Sacramento City Cemetery
Tim, the monument is not in the Rose Garden but in the Old Odd Fellows Section and near, unfortunately, behind some Coke machines. There aren't any more markers in the plot. There are two big bush plants (one on each side of the monument)in the plot. It is a long narrow plot on the side of the section. I can get a plot photo trying to exclude the Coke Machines and try to get the monuments in front of the Prestons & Bronsons. Let me know if this will work. Lin P.S. I'm volunteering Thursday at the cemetery if you want to talk to me when you call. Lin
Added by Lin McNamara on Oct 25, 2016 2:52 PM
Valarie Vine
Royal Preston
Transfer has been made. Sacramento City Cemetery, by the way is a gem of an old cemetery. Beautiful flowers, especially roses, that bloom in the spring and are tended by volunteers. The oldest burial goes back to 1849. Glad you found Royal!
Added by Valarie Vine on Oct 24, 2016 11:11 AM
William Holmes
I have turned this memorial over to you.
Added by Lucy on Oct 21, 2016 6:45 PM
RE: Mt View photo request
Well that depends on if he has a marker or not. I presume you asked the office if he was with them in their plot...
Added by Taweret on Oct 19, 2016 7:19 PM
RE: Mt View photo request
Make sure to add lot and space info to the plot in those memorials. They'll show in the request that way and make it easy to print out then go out there to look for them.
Added by Taweret on Oct 19, 2016 7:16 PM
Gail Kelly
RE: East Ridge Cemetery in Cornville
Happy to do it. This is one of my first cemeteries, so I was not as thorough as I prefer to be.
Added by Gail Kelly on Oct 14, 2016 3:50 PM
RE: Royal Preston Cooper in Magnolia Cemetery
No problem - glad to help.
Added by G-Man on Oct 12, 2016 6:33 PM
re Mt View photo request
It would make photo volunteers job easier if you could call or email the office at Mt View and inquiry where your ancestors are buried and if they have a headstone. If there isn't a marker, all you'd get is a photo of the location of burial. :/
Added by Taweret on Oct 12, 2016 1:43 AM
Rachel Cooper Memorial
If you would send me the number of Rachel's memorial that you created, I would be glad to add the gravestone picture. Then you can put yours in the correct cemetery and I can delete the memorial I created #61677478.

Added by Mae on Oct 05, 2016 1:03 PM
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