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Bonita Olmer (#46798970)
 member for 9 years, 3 months, 1 day
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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 a 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%
April 20, 2014, 51%
April 28, 2014, 52%
May 8, 2014, 53%
May 16, 2014, 54%
May 26, 2014, 55%
June 6, 2014, 56%
June 22, 2014, 57%
July 7, 2014, 59%
July 23, 2014, 61%
July 27, 2014, 62%
August 4, 2014, 63%
August 11, 2014, 64%
August 21, 2014, 65%
August 30, 2014, 66%
September 5, 2014, 67%
September 14, 2014, 68%
September 25, 2014, 69%
October 3, 2014, 70%
October 12, 2014, 71%
October 19, 2014, 72%
October 27, 2014, 73%

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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Karen Huber
Marion & Bill Thompson photos
Thank you for the photo for Marion & Bill. It greatly appreciated.
Added by Karen Huber on Oct 30, 2014 7:09 AM
Ms. Clyde
Axel Carlson
Thanks, that's a nice photo. It really adds alot to his memorial.
Added by Ms. Clyde on Oct 23, 2014 12:26 PM
San Juana Alvarado photo
Hi Bonita-

Thank you so much for letting me know you have posted a picture of the marker for San Juana Alvarado and I want you to know how much I appreciate you telling me so!

Thanks for posting so many pictures and what a fantastic work you are doing!

Edmonds, WA
Added by Tami on Oct 12, 2014 6:58 PM
Ann Elizabeth Wald Black
Thanks for taking this tombstone photo!

RE: Greetings,

Find A Grave contributor Bonita Olmer has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for Ann Black.
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I just wanted to let you know I added a grave photo for her today, in case you'd like to take a look. :)
Added by Debbie on Oct 08, 2014 4:48 AM
Barbara Cooper Firestone
Isabel Diechert
FANTASTIC !!!! You literally had to "dig it up".
You are the greatest.
Thank you, Barbara
Added by Barbara Cooper Firestone on Oct 04, 2014 10:12 PM
Leo Piazza
Thanks very much for the marker photo.
Added by SteveZ on Sep 29, 2014 8:22 PM
Thank you!
Thank you, once again, for all the headstone photos you have added. It is so very helpful to have the photos to go with the memorials and you do such a good job of presenting clear and clean photos. Thank you so much for the time you take and effort you put into your work.
Added by Nancy on Sep 29, 2014 9:10 AM
RE: Plaisance Find
You absolutely did! Thank you!
Added by Melissa on Sep 29, 2014 8:03 AM
RE: Plaisance Find

Thank you SOOO much for letting me know! How exciting!

Philip and Sophia were my great-great grandparents!

This is really wonderful.

Have a great day!


Added by Melissa on Sep 29, 2014 7:55 AM
Scott Robertson
Albert Fagnant
Thanks so much for the grave photo and memorial!
Added by Scott Robertson on Sep 27, 2014 8:10 PM
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