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Anna (#47477171)
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Bio Photo Genealogy has become my newest addiction!

THANK YOU to those of you that I've encountered on findagrave that have been so friendly, helpful, kind, and appreciative. You make all the "bad" seem less significant.

Taphophilia = an abnormal love for graves and cemeteries. The love of walking cemeteries and finding lost relatives and the gravesites of ancestors.


Find a Grave does not require that I search the entire Find a Grave system globally, only the individual cemeteries in which I am adding to. Please do not move your Burial Unknown or a person from an incorrect cemetery into the correct cemetery based on the information you found from my memorial & then demand that I delete my "duplicate". It is not fair that I spend my time, my gas, my $, hunt down owners of the properties, bee stings, ticks, poison ivy, and even risk to my life (bull in the pasture, scary men, and electrified fence-no snakes so far) to photo gravestones only later to find that an armchair F-A-Ger has placed a name in either an incorrect cemetery or has a burial unknown, finds I have actually found-the-grave, moves theirs to the correct cemetery and then expects me to delete my entry. I WILL TRANSFER my submissions after the incorrect entry is deleted. This way we both get credit and the person who makes the incorrect entry still has a memorial they maintain. I feel this is more than fair.

THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FINDAGRAVE RULES!!! I refer you to Find A Grave rules: "In regard to duplicates, a memorial with a correct known burial location will always be preferred over an unknown burial location". (quoted from another find-a-graver)

In general, Findagrave does not encourage adding memorials for individuals who are still living. We do realize, however, that when transcribing a cemetery, it is not always possible to determine if the person is living or not. Given these exceptions, a memorial created after death will be preferred over a pre-need memorial.


I would prefer that birth/death/marriage certificates not be posted to the memorials I have created. I prefer the space be made available for photos of the person since most of these documents are easily found online and can be transcribed to the bio area of the memorial.

These records, especially Death records, can contain private and sensitive information that family members may not want shared.

The addition is even less helpful if an edit request is not sent to have the pertinent information added to the memorial. Thanks for your cooperation!!

Please do not put photos of newspaper obits on the memorials. These take up limited spaces in the photo allotment. If you have an obit then please type it up and submit it through the edit option and I would be happy to add it to the bio section as long as the name of the newspaper and date of publication are included.


If you've never taken a few moments to spend time in the cemetery...You're really missing out. The peace and tranquility you find in them. Those that have gone before many times have left a final message on their tombstones. These messages are an inspiration and make me feel humbled and blessed! Go ahead...take the time...walk your local cemetery and read their messages and see how they reach out and touch you! You'll be glad you did! (quoted from another find-a-graver)


We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.


"When I go to a cemetery, I don't just see tombstones. I see families there. I see history there. I see much more than just a stone..."
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Terri & Stan
Ernest Whitlatch - Herndon Chapel
Yes, we familiarized ourselves with the Find A Grave guidelines back when we started working on this site. It was not our intention to create a memorial for someone who was still living. Apparently we mistakenly assumed by his birthdate - 1925 - that the odds were good that he was deceased and the marker had just not been engraved yet. Our mistake! Normally, we try to hold photos we have taken until such time as they can be suitably used, but that creates a backlog of photos that are eventually lost when a computer crashes - as it usually does. However, please accept our apologies for creating a preneed memorial.
Added by Terri & Stan on Jun 26, 2016 11:35 AM
R Ward
Elizabeth Bernhardt McCarthy #93935498
Hi, Anna!

Just came across your photo request for Elizabeth Bernhardt McCarthy in Oak Grove Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.

Turns out, Elizabeth is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Logan, Hocking County, Ohio.

Someone may have already found that for you, but I thought I would check.

R. Ward
Added by R Ward on Jun 25, 2016 2:05 PM
Ed Miller
Mildred Thieman Strain 161358059
You have a photo of the tombstone for Gordon Strain (# 96183903) posted to his memorial page. Could you please add it to Mildred's memorial even though her dod is missing on the stone.
Ed Miller
Added by Ed Miller on Jun 24, 2016 9:59 AM
N.D. Anderson
RE: Van Metre photos
You're welcome. I also looked for the other Van Metre couple that you requested but didn't find them.
Added by N.D. Anderson on Jun 20, 2016 10:59 AM
RE: Mt Zion Cemetery Photo Request
You are welcome! I found a couple of my own ancestors while I was there, too! :)
Added by Jessica on Jun 16, 2016 1:37 PM
Mt Zion Cemetery Photo Request
Hello Anna!

I believe you requested a photo for Stephen Presley Petty (1856 - 1822) (Memorial #161638871) in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Washington County, OH. I visited the cemetery today, and was able to photograph his gravestone, as well as those of his wife, Sarah, and mother, Nancy. I hope this helps!

Added by Jessica on Jun 15, 2016 6:48 PM
your photo request for Sunset cemetery
Hi I go to this cemetery several times a year. if you would kindly call the cemetery and get the section and plot info. Sunset will not give it to non family members.
Added by cllfdl on Jun 14, 2016 5:06 PM
Craig English
Lewis E Byer Photo
Hi Anna,
Could you remove your stone photo for Lewis E. Byer on memorial #100459822? While the cemetery, name and death year are all correct, the photo is probably the grandson of the Lewis E. Byer on the memorial who was born in 1888. There does not seem to be a way to remove it from my end. Thanks.
Craig English
Added by Craig English on Jun 14, 2016 6:25 AM
RE: Faye Chambers photo
You are very welcome.
Added by RickC on Jun 11, 2016 10:13 AM
Lisa Walter
RE: memorial# 155030250
Thank you for removing it thanks
Added by Lisa Walter on Jun 11, 2016 4:19 AM
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