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I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.|
Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.
I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013
When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.
If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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|Derry Bennett Creutz||# 96858406|
David Thomas, do you know if his wife Mary Ann is also buried there with him or not? I have not been able to make it up there to research this and would appreciate knowing if she is there. Mary Ann Mayor Thomas died 6 May 1919. Thank you!
|Pat ||Elsie Lundeen Ward - Mt. Bloom|
I just wondered if you would insert her maiden name of Finley. Lundeen is her first husband in 1924 and I don't know the Mr. Ward. Thanks for your time. Pat.
Added by Pat on Aug 26, 2016 6:20 PM
|Karen R||Lillian Kopp|
Thank you so much for the photo of Lillian Kopp's headstone.
Added by Karen R on Aug 24, 2016 7:54 PM
Thank you so much for photographing the monument of Willis and Elaine Lashbrook. I appreciate you taking the time to help.
|Good Oman||Wilhemina Schroeder/Anna Bowlby|
Why isn't Mary Batz their mother? Robyn
|Sharon Hutchison||RE: Bless you|
That was wonderful! I can even see the buttons on the shoes now. Don't know how you did it. To me, you are Miracle Man! lol. The world is a better place with people like you in it. Again, gratitude always.
Thanks so much for taking and posting the headstones for Raymond, Carrie and Jesse. I very much appreciate your work and your willingness to help others who are not in that area.
Have a wonderful day.
Added by Twila on Aug 23, 2016 1:58 PM
|Linda ||Edwin F. Keller|
Should have read all my e-mails and sent 1 big thank you.
Added by Linda on Aug 23, 2016 6:17 AM
|Linda ||Mary E. Keller|
Forgot to thank you for her photo also.
Added by Linda on Aug 23, 2016 6:13 AM
|Linda ||Timothy Edward Keller|
Thank you for your time and efforts to fulfill my photo request. It's appreciated.
Added by Linda on Aug 23, 2016 6:12 AM
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