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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 9 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Millie Roberts
Conrad Metzler
Hi Zella,
Yes, his parents were Michael and Anna. I will look up his death cert. on FamilySearch, thanks for the clue. I think his picture is cute and wish I could have known him.
Added by Millie Roberts on Feb 22, 2015 4:37 PM
Millie Roberts
Conrad Metzler
Thank you very much for adding information to my great-grandfather's memorial Zella. Wonderful to be able to fill in those blanks. Millie
Added by Millie Roberts on Feb 22, 2015 12:19 AM
Roberta & Joe
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Mary Marriner
Hi Zella,

Yes, I certainly will let you know when (I'm being positive!) I find out more about John. Again, thanks for all you do; you are an excellent researcher!

Roberta & Joe
Added by Roberta & Joe on Feb 21, 2015 1:37 PM
Rita Osborne
I just sent you a message through one of your other memorials. It is about Earl C Stevens 129006289
Added by Rita Osborne on Feb 18, 2015 9:26 AM
stephen bardon
RE: multiple entries for the same person
looking for a new grave
can you help me

thank you

steve bardon

Added by stephen bardon on Feb 18, 2015 5:45 AM
Peggy Bargen Duey
RE: Caroline Zeigler
My husband is not a descendant, but he is related. I just sent you her obit. Thanks for adding it.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Feb 18, 2015 5:09 AM
Roberta & Joe
Find A Grave Correction: Mary Marriner
Hi Zella,

I want to thank you for the tremendous amount of work you do on Find A Grave; fortunately for us, much of it is in the Akron area! ;-)

Regarding John Marriner, husband of Mary: This is my gg grandfather, and we have done massive research to find information on him. We made a research trip to the Akron area in 2010, and we also have the information on the removal of a Marriner from Spicer to Glendale. We also feel that this could well be John. But, in our minds, there are several other possible candidates. I have wanted to put John's memorial up for a long time, but hoped to find a definitive date of death (or at least a birth date!) first. In fact, we are going on another research trip in a couple of months to try to find info on him; he is my major brick wall! That being said, if you are considering putting up a memorial for him, would you kindly let me create it instead; I would really appreciate it. Ooops, I just checked; it's already up. OK -- that's good the way you've done it, but for now, could you please keep it listed as UNKNOWN MARRINER?

Thanks again,

Roberta & Joe
Added by Roberta & Joe on Feb 16, 2015 10:55 AM
Ralph Hammond-Green
Elizabeth Loesch
Thanks for the suggestion - I've posted it.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Feb 14, 2015 3:22 PM
Eleanor Donaldson
Hello Zella,
I'm not sure when but you uploaded a pciture of my grandfather's, Hugh Donaldson's, grave. At first, I was angry that you posted the pciture without permission but now I am grateful for what you have done.

Thank you.

- Eleanor
Added by Eleanor Donaldson on Feb 14, 2015 2:14 PM
Helen & Floyd Bookwalter
Hi Zella, Thank you for catching my error. I see by what I wrote when entering where they were buried but somehow clicked the wrong button :( duh! Also thank you for all the work you do and have done for this site. - Jody :}
Added by JodyM on Feb 14, 2015 7:52 AM
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