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Rick Kauffman (#47010205)
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Just a guy that enjoys history and thinks that history and geneology are an important part of our lives. I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, and now I live outside of Houston, Texas. At home, I am trying to get as many local cemeteries listed as possible. I am currently focusing on "forgotten" and out of the way cemeteries in East Texas. I also travel quite a bit with my job, so in the evenings on the road, I visit local cemeteries and try to fulfill photo requests. I also travel back to Western PA frequently and try to get cemeteries there.

I try my best to try and find out as much as possible about each person using public records, obituaries, etc. However, I know that I will make mistakes. PLEASE let me know if there are any errors so that I can correct them.

Transfers: Please follow the FAG guidelines for transfers. If the person memorialized is not a direct relative - as defined by FAG - please do not ask for transfers.

The greatest thing about love is that no matter how many ways you divide it, it never gets smaller.
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Karen Sykes
Elsie Grace Tarr Fox

I've been meaning to get in touch with you regarding the memorial page for Elsie Grace Tarr Fox (#40232927). I believe you may have linked her to the wrong Elma Tarr (her mother). The notes on her memorial page say she was the daughter of Joseph and Elma Tarr, but when you click on Elma's name it takes you to the headstone of Elma and her husband Sherman P Tarr. They are my great grandparents and I know for sure they didn't have a daughter named Elsie. I have a Tarr genealogy document and searched for Joseph Tarr but could not find a Joseph with Elsie and her other siblings named on the memorial page. I'll try to find Elsie's parents and will do some searching.
I'll get back to you if I find anything.
Added by Karen Sykes on Apr 14, 2014 6:28 PM
Steve Sivek
Transfer Request
Hi, Rick.

Would you please transfer management of my aunt, Elenora Sivek Franklin (#31827534), to me? All her siblings & her husband are deceased and she had no children. I appreciate the time you've put into Find A Grave and keeping your managed links. Well done!

Steve Sivek
Added by Steve Sivek on Apr 03, 2014 8:39 AM
Don Lee Robbins

Thank-you so much for posting the picture of my cousin Don Lee. It is exactly as I remember him when I was a child growing up in Anderson County, Texas.

Added by BG on Mar 31, 2014 9:21 AM
Transfer request
My name is Sharen (Sullivan) White and I would like to ask you if you would please transfer my Brother, William Harold Sullivan Jr. #63608025,to me so I will be able to attach him to our Mom and Dads and other relatives on Find a Grave.

My # is... 47577644

Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful work that you do for Families keeping it all together!!!

Added by Sharen on Mar 23, 2014 4:39 PM
Ruby Wilson-Wood
RE: Lloyd Calvin Istre
Thank you for responding to me. I appreciate your kindness.
Added by Ruby Wilson-Wood on Mar 10, 2014 3:50 PM
Donna Cox Beveridge
RE: Lavalla Hamilton FAG #93803408
Hi Rick
The information about the plot not being used was came directly from Earthman Funeral Home when I called them wanting to buy the death year marker for the headstone. I'm not quite sure where the 2002 death date came from and even less sure I supplied it because it's not in my records. But if she has recently died, I'm heartbroken not to have found her before her death. I loved her dearly. If you have current correct information, please supply it to Richard Hollis who maintains the memorial on Find A Grave. You have my gratitude for making things right for Aunt Lavalla.
Added by Donna Cox Beveridge on Mar 10, 2014 12:50 PM
Ruby Wilson-Wood
Lloyd Calvin Istre
During the Korean War, I met Lloyd Calvin Istre, called "Lucky" at that time. He was serving aboard the USS Los Angeles, light cruiser, docked in Long Beach, Ca. I was a volunteer hostess with the USO at the time and became good friends with Lucky. When he was discharged from the Marines, he invited me to come to Texas to meet his family, but I was too young at the time and couldn't go. I often wonder what life might have brought the two of us had I disobeyed my parents and run to Texas. I am saddened to learn that Lucky was deceased at such a young age. I can't imagine what might have caused that other than an accident. If there is any way you might put me in touch with his family members, I would be grateful. You can reach me at the email address,, or by phone: 714/374-3821. I wrote a letter to Gary, who I believe might be his son, but I am not sure I have the current and correct address. Thank you and God bless your efforts for so many. Ruby Jo Wilson-Wood
Added by Ruby Wilson-Wood on Mar 10, 2014 12:41 PM
Dave Ketterer
Hi Rick:

I am a direct descendant of Samuel Hoy Smith. I just wondered where you found Anthony, Jerimhia, William, Mary and Robert.

We have been looking for proof in public records quite literally for a hundred years.

If you found these on Ancestry in my file it is the families best information, just hoping you found other references. Several OHIO histories list these siblings also.


Dave Ketterer
Saratoga, NY
Added by Dave Ketterer on Mar 09, 2014 2:53 PM
Mike L.
Debra Ann Belrose
Ok, thanks, it was a shot in the dark.
Added by Mike L. on Mar 09, 2014 2:39 PM
Mike L.
Debra Ann Belrose
Hi Rick, I was wondering if this is Joannes daughter. Did Debra move to the Austin area in the mid 80's? If so, I knew her quite well. Thanks

not sure that link will work, her Find A Grave number is 41507831.

Mike 46926105
Added by Mike L. on Mar 08, 2014 5:21 PM
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