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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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|Tom Pottenger||Fannie Eller Skaggs in Elm Lawn|
Thanks so much for finding and photographing the grave marker for Fannie.
|Tom Pottenger||Charley Lee Skaggs in Elm Lawn|
Thanks so much for your efforts to find and photograph Charley's marker. It goes a long way to preserving his memory and to helping the family build our family tree. Thanks again!
|Werner Vols||Lillian Vols Jones|
Hi there Har..rrold ?:-)
Thanks for the picture of the headstone.
If I could fly over to the US I would have a lifetime taking pictures of ancestors..
that moved from Belgium.
Have a nice day,
And thanks a million
|Bob Orr||Elm Lawn Memorial Park|
Har37x - Thanks for the tombstone photo for George August & Helen V (Spotz) Swanson.
Added by Bob Orr on Oct 03, 2015 5:22 PM
|T. J. Collins||John Quillin's burial record|
I do or do not know if he is buried at that cemetery. I could not find his death record neither.
T. J. Collins, Find A Grave contributor, #47551768
|Jan Sanford||Leticia & Thomas James Walker Stone Photos|
Thank You so much for the tombstone photos....
Jan Sanford # 46804497
|EileenHoch||Ola "Ole" Lind|
Thank you for contacting me about my 2x Great Grandfather when I requested a photo of his grave.
I discovered he was buried in Oakland Cemetery on May 1, 1926 via his Death Record that I ordered. He died at home on 4/29/1926 (in Princeton).
|Scarlet||Malvina Galer Johnson143806297|
I noticed that you just last March added a listing for Malvina Galer Johnson, but no photo; and that you added a photo to her husband Wm. G. Johnson's listing. I am assuming that there was no marker for her, thus no photo. Is this correct. If so,, how did you know she was buried there? I wondered if you might be related and were looking specifically for them. I thought it interesting that there is a nice big monument and marker for him, but no marker for her. I am working on this family for my brother in law. Wm. G. Johnson was his great great grandfather. I live in the south so I was very happy to find these listings on Find A Grave in order to pin point their burial location for him. I thank you in advance for your help in answering this question and for your work in photographing .
Added by Scarlet on Oct 01, 2015 11:02 PM
|Gail Bell||RE: Robert Turnbull Pix Elmira Illinois|
Thank-you for taking the time to photograph Robert Alexander Turnbull & Margaret Graham Turnbull's monument stone in the Elmira (Stark Co.) Illinois cemetery.
I see where you also photographed a stone in the same cemetery with a praying hand which is listed simply as Margaret Turnbull.
Robert & Margaret Turnbull's first son was William B. Turnbull (my 2X Gr Grandfather) born in 1819 in Scotland. This family came with other family members to Canada & then to Stark Co. Illinois in 1837-38.
My question is do you have any other info on this Margaret Turnbull stone? I have tried setting my Zoom level to 400% to try and read more of what is on the stone but it is still hard to read. A good old fashioned grave rubbing might help to bring out more letters or numbers.
My William B. Turnbull married Margaret L. Turnbull in July of 1858 in Stark Co.
She died February 17, 1872 in Stark Co. and a recently published Stark Co Family History Book has her buried in the Elmira Cemetery.
Her date of birth was April 21 or 23 1834. This appears to line up with the dates given at the bottom of the stone you photographed as 37 years 9 months 20 days or maybe not?
Here is what my weak old eyes see in your picture:
In Memory of Margaret wife of Wm B Turnbull
Died Feb 17 (Year ?) 37 Y . 9 M . 20 D
This may be what I want it to say. What do you see or have recorded in your records?
I sent your Elmira "Margaret" pix to members of the Stark Co Genealogical Society and they did not think this was my (2X Gr Grandmother)Margaret's grave.
Here lies the wrinkle. William B. & his children left for Fremont Co. Iowa settling near Farragut, Iowa around 1883.
The Farragut, Iowa cemetery has Margaret listed on William B. Turnbull's stone and many on-line Iowa internment searches put her in the Farragut Iowa cemetery instead of Illinois because of the inscription on his stone.
It may have been added by the children after Wm's death & burial in 1901 to honor their mother.
Thank you for your time to consider my query.
Any Turnbull cousins who may read this on Find A Grave--please respond.
|Robyn Starr Oman Pittman||RE: John Stewart|
Thanks for the info. I'll ask Robert what he wants to do. Robyn
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