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Zella (#46524425)
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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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Melda Sager
So glad I could help - I made a trip from California to Pennsylvania to get some I needed. Decided to take the list and get what I could for others. Happy to see one was yours.

Added by CEllison on Sep 11, 2014 8:27 PM
Bonnie Blevins
Sarah Merritts
you show her as buried in Carson Valley Cemetery, and I am curious to see if this is the same person as my grandfather's sister. Her name was Sarah Merritts Stiffler, and she died in the County home in 1939 with a broken back. She also is buried in Carson Valley Cemetery as is her sister Ellen Merritts Garahan. They are in the paupers section of the cemetery in unmarked graves. I live in Florida but am interested in putting markers on their graves. They are the sisters of my grandfather, Archibald McAllister Merritts, buried in Canoe Creek Cemetery.
I doubt if your Sarah Merritts is the same as mine, but without more details we can't be sure.
Do you have a contact at the Cemetery or a funeral home that you use?
Thank you, Bonnie Blevins
Added by Bonnie Blevins on Sep 10, 2014 1:11 PM
RE: Karl Ruch 28950351
I was absolutely amazed at the information you found and how quickly. It was a huge help. Even my family who have done research themselves couldn't get info on Karl. St Bernards church has not been much help either and I thought I was thorough on ancestry but you knew how to look. I'm still at a loss as to how you found his Obit as I searched for that as well. Also knowing about the familysearch is a huge help. Like yourself I started all this several years ago and walked away from it, now I am back with a vengeance. I have still much to learn.

Thanks so much for your help and insight.
Added by DanvilleBlubaughs on Sep 07, 2014 1:46 PM
Pamela Parks Costa
Thank you Zella for all your help :)

Added by Pamela Parks Costa on Sep 06, 2014 8:51 PM
Linda Mann
Philander F. Briggs
Could you please transfer this grave
He is our great grandfather we have just discovered ...and have more to add to his name...still searching other relatives for a photo of him...
Glendale cemetery
Thanks Zella
Added by Linda Mann on Sep 06, 2014 8:24 PM
RE: Karl Ruch 28950351
Hello again

Is it possible that Hermann and Louise are not in Mt. Peace? Mt. Peace has an on-line directory and Hermann and Louise are not mentioned in it. In The History of Summit County, Louse is mentioned as being a "consistent member" of St. Bernards Church. Possibly she (and Hermann) is in the same cemetery as her half brother Karl?

Thanks for your time.

Added by DanvilleBlubaughs on Sep 06, 2014 4:46 PM
Pamela Parks Costa
Thank you Zella
Added by Pamela Parks Costa on Sep 06, 2014 3:28 PM
RE: Karl Ruch 28950351
This is great information! I searched for Karl but nothing came up? Can you please send me a link to this information on ancestry? I am DanvilleBlubaughs on or you may email me at

Also, thank you so much for giving me the location of Fred and Louise. I was planning on tracking down the grave site when I was back in Ohio at Thanksgiving.

Again, thanks so much.


Added by DanvilleBlubaughs on Sep 06, 2014 10:50 AM
Karl Ruch 28950351
Hi Zella

First off thank you very much for your work. You have done a great service for genealogists everywhere.

Would you please consider transferring Karl Ruch over to me? I am currently researching his relationship to my great grand mother who was Louise Ruch. I have a photo of him yet we do not know who he is.

Very kind regards,

Added by DanvilleBlubaughs on Sep 05, 2014 10:01 AM
Linda Allison
Samuel Marks (#13355986)
Samuel Marks is my great grandfather. His daughter, Viola Marks McCloskey, married my grandfather, David McCloskey, Jr. I found this out in researching our family through Could you share with me where you secured your information on his family and if you have any information on family members.

Thank you for your time.

Linda (McCloskey) Allison
Added by Linda Allison on Aug 26, 2014 10:22 AM
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