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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 1 month, 29 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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Sandie Cassiday
Virginia Cassiday
Thanks for the burial info on Virginia. I will adjust her memorial!

Added by Sandie Cassiday on Apr 21, 2015 6:57 AM
William Stark
RE: Jay Iles
Added by William Stark on Apr 20, 2015 9:49 PM
RE: Nathaniel P. Kelley
Thanks for the update to the listing. Great solution. I'll let you know if I find him.
Added by Genealogist on Apr 20, 2015 7:13 PM
RE: Marie Alice Cooley (Fate)
I'm very sorry to hear of your injury. Yes, I was able to find all of the marriage certificates. Thanks! I'm curious why Ancestry doesn't have birth certificates available online. I see they have death certificates, but I don't ever see birth certificates.
Added by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 11:00 AM
Jesse Nasta
Anshe Sfard
Thank you for taking those great photos at Anshe Sfard Cemetery! I just found a photo of my grandmother's uncle's gravestone. Thank you again.
Added by Jesse Nasta on Apr 20, 2015 5:27 AM
William Stark
RE: Stephen Iles
I just now temp transferred the memorial.
Added by William Stark on Apr 19, 2015 6:12 PM
Joseph T Higy
Hi Zella

Thank you for correcting the info on Pauline and 8 yo Joseph. Joseph T owned a feed and cider mill not a farm in Springfield Twp. My husband and I ran that and a hardware store until June 2000.
Again that you for correcting this.
Added by Anita on Apr 19, 2015 8:52 AM
Patty Giroult
Hi, Zella,
I see you left flowers here. DO you know of this person? Thanks so much.

Added by Patty Giroult on Apr 19, 2015 7:09 AM
Bonnie Blevins
RE: Sarah Merritts
sorry I am just getting back to this...Sarah Merritts married name was Stiffler. Her husband was M.H. Stiffler. She is buried in a pauper's grave along with her sister Ellen Merritts Garahan.
Added by Bonnie Blevins on Apr 18, 2015 1:05 PM
Pauline Zeller Higy
According to her son, Lee Higy, she died from a fall. Thus the skull fracture. Thank you for updating her information.
Added by Anita on Apr 17, 2015 5:15 PM
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