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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 8 years, 8 months, 16 days
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Bio Photo When I was young, my mother had a shoe box and a shirt size gift box full of photos that she kept in the linen closet. Every so often, I would ask if we could get them out and go through them. We would sit at the kitchen table with the photos in a heap. My sisters and I would ask who the people were, and Mom would tell us about them. That was probably what first sparked my interest in genealogy.

I began actively digging for information to put my family tree together in 1981. My Aunt Frances Herbold had been at it for decades by that time. A lot of time and legwork was involved when she was doing her work. There was no Internet. She wrote scores of letters to people, asking for information. She must have spent hours and hours looking through old rolls of microfilm, which could easily cause a person to go blind or insane, or both. Aunt Frances, God bless her, furnished me with a bare bones genealogy to start with. When she passed away, my Uncle sent all of her genealogy materials to me.

Many years passed, and little by little my family tree grew. Then one day I was watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on CNN. I was horrified to see the devastation, but what struck me most was that so many people had lost every picture, every slip and scrap of paper they ever had. I thought of all the family photos, letters and documents I had accumulated over the years. It was hard for me to imagine I could experience such a loss, but it got me started looking for some way to preserve and share these things with others who might be interested.

A short time later, I discovered findagrave. While I haven't posted everything, a large part of my family tree is here. Findagrave is a wonderful place to preserve and share information and photos and to honor those who came before us. That is the reason I do what I do here. I have also met a lot of new cousins here.

My husband and I live just north of Seattle, Washington. I have adopted Holyrood Catholic Cemetery as the one I work on almost exclusively now. I finished entering the names, burial dates and grave locations (from the Catholic Cemetery website) for all of the burials there in late February, 2012. Now I'm working on taking and posting grave photos. As of

May 21, 2013, 29%
August 29, 2013, 37%
September 14, 2013, 38%
October 2, 2013, 39%
October 18, 2013, 40%
November 9, 2013, 41%
December 1, 2013, 42%
January 8, 2013, 43%
January 25, 2014, 44%
February 10, 2014, 45%
February 28, 2014, 46%
March 10, 2014, 47%
March 21, 2014, 48%
March 31, 2014, 49%
April 10, 2014, 50% (I'm so excited!!!)

of the memorial pages at Holyrood include grave photos. When people contact me with additional information, requests for transfers or photo requests, that's when I look for more information on a person or surname, including obituaries.

If you have suggestions or requests for transfers, please contact me using the "Edit" tab toward the top right hand corner of the person's memorial page. Select the first option you see; then tell me what you would like for me to do. Making your request this way ensures that I have all the information I need to fulfill your request. Please keep in mind that I will add any information or corrections you send me, but I will also credit you as the contributor of that information. If you don't have a findagrave ID, then I will use your email address when giving you credit as the contributor.

I love taking grave photos at Holyrood. You can contact me directly if you would like for me to get a grave photo, or you can make your photo request from a person's memorial page. If you see an inferior grave photo that I have taken, feel free to ask me to try to get a better one, and I will.

It's not about the numbers with me. It's about trying to help people find their loved ones. I hate to think that anyone is forgotten. It is, as I said before, about memorializing and honoring those who have gone before us. I would like nothing more than to see all memorial pages in the loving care of family members.

Names I am working on:

~ Every Herbold group I can find ~
Berardi ~ Nigro ~ Zeek ~ Ellis ~ Edgerton ~
Lytle ~ Olmer ~ Vassar/Vasser ~ Dowell ~

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Scrib & Barb Kelly
Jane and Mary Lind
Thank you for the outstanding grave photos as well as the transfers!
How wonderful to see that the family had put the photos of them on the markers.
They were very special people.
Our family appreciates your time and effort fulfilling our request.
Added by Scrib & Barb Kelly on Apr 14, 2014 7:59 PM
Paul Everitt
RE: Gemma Del Mastro
Hi Bonita, Thanks for the heads up.. Didn't see it until returning from Holyrood and finding the request withdrawn. Not a wasted trip, tho, because I had a couple of "personal requests" there from folks whose relatives I photoed at Calvary and had put off long enough. Blessings - pe.
Added by Paul Everitt on Apr 11, 2014 2:30 PM
Alana Morgan
Memorial# 20205181

Thank you very much for making the updates to the above memorial.

Added by Alana Morgan on Apr 11, 2014 4:16 AM
John Callin
Thank You, Bonita, for transferring my Silvernales to me
Added by John Callin on Apr 08, 2014 10:41 AM
Genealogy Buff
RE: Sophia (Herbold) Shryock
The Gutekunst Public Library - online - has the Enterprise newspapers available online - I'm not a relative of the Shryock - I just posted it as I came across it - I canvas cemeteries also.
Added by Genealogy Buff on Apr 07, 2014 9:51 AM
Genealogy Buff
RE: Sophia (Herbold) Shryock
That obituary was from the State Center Enterprise, State Center, Iowa.
Added by Genealogy Buff on Apr 06, 2014 9:36 PM
Thank you
Thank you for your kind offer to transfer, but it is not necessary. I like the new name and birthdate edit function it makes it a lot easier to make corrections/additions to everyone.

Thanks for approving them and again thank you for your offer and all your kind work.

Added by OurFamilyTies on Apr 06, 2014 10:11 AM
RE: Grave Photo Request for Elizabeth Leslie
I really appreciate you trying. Thank you so much.

Added by CHS on Apr 06, 2014 9:17 AM
A Derifield
I love the picture
of Catalina. Thank you very much,
Added by A Derifield on Apr 06, 2014 6:53 AM
RE: Grave Photo Request for Elizabeth Leslie
I am not sure that's the accurate cemetery info. It looks like the contributor that added her memorial has her messages disabled, so I'm not sure how to proceed.
Added by CHS on Apr 04, 2014 3:04 AM
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