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Dark Shadows (#47011952)
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Bio Photo I live in Grand Haven. That's in western Michigan, and is right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

I enjoy walking cemeteries with my better half, recording headstones here in Michigan. We do this while traveling also, taking pictures in interesting cemeteries and entering them here on FAG. I am mainly a marker recorder, entering pics on existing memorials and creating memorials for those not yet on this site.

Please ask first if you want to use my photos. They may be used only if I am given credit for them w/my permission. Thanks.

I am happy to have had the photograph I took of Maj. Noah Ferry's headstone published in the Civil War Historian magazine Spring 2009, Vol 5, Issue 1, page 20. I was asked permission, which I gave gladly, and was given credit for the photo. That's how it works.

Many memorials I manage are not related to me, and I will
transfer along FAG rules only - direct relatives up to 4 generations...siblings, parents, grandparents, great grandparents only. Ask by clicking on edit, then send me a note including your FAG number. Please don't create a duplicate memorial of anyone.

I do not add obituaries per FAG rules (unless it is pre-1923 per copyright laws).

I think Find A Grave is a great site.

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living" - Cicero

Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?

"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body."
― C.S. Lewis
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David Meyers
Janna Brons Valom
My name is David Meyers and Janna Brons Valom is related through my father's side. I was wondering if you could transfer her to me. I have her full death date and would like to link her to the rest of the family. Janna Brons Valom's Find A Grave number is 112008174. My Find A Grave number is 46958539.

Thank you in advance

David Meyers
Added by David Meyers on Aug 20, 2014 9:14 PM
Joseph B Cronkright
I would like to seek your permission to use the picture of Joseph's tombstone for my private family tree at Ancestry, please. You will be given credit like this: PHOTO CREDIT -- Dark Shadows (Find A Grave member ######). I can be reached at
Added by Squirrel on Aug 06, 2014 1:44 PM
Nathan Astin
Gravestone Photo
You posted this page:

Do you have a photo of this gravestone and not just cemetery?

Ellen Cornelia Leggat

Grand Haven, MI Death 1 Oct 1869

Added by Nathan Astin on Aug 04, 2014 6:41 PM
Nicole Bray
Lake Forest Cemetery
I was attempting to photograph as much of Lake Forest Cemetery when it was obvious you have photographs complete blocks like I have. :) Do you happen to keep track of which sections you have worked on?
Added by Nicole Bray on Aug 04, 2014 5:55 PM
Erin Lounsbury
Jan & Martha Ammeraal
Hello! I live right by this cemetery. I've walked it several times to find these graves as well as spoken to one of the Spring Lake librarians but am a little unsure about it.

On July 18, 1942, several volunteers copied all the headstone inscriptions that were legible. The records show the following:
Jan Ammeraal - Born: Feb. 2, 1854 Died: Sept. 28, 1881
Martha deVue - Born: Apr. 6, 1863 Died: Nov. 1884

In 2008, another index was created that lists this information slightly differently: the removal of one M from the surname and Martha's date of death as May 17, 1904.

There's a problem, however. After I spoke to the groundskeeper who showed me the section in which Jan & Martha are designated, there was only had two headstones in the entire section. One had been of marble and had broken at the base, which no one seemed to have a record of let alone located. The second one, which gives me the chills, is the one I believe is for Jan because of the date. I know I can be easily amused but it is the only wood headstone in the entire cemetery and is one of the coolest things to me. There is nothing left to read on it, and it is pretty deteriorated, but there used to be a very large tree right next to it but was cut down quite awhile ago. When the person was buried, it would have been a beautiful setting.

I have pictures so if you think this is correct, I will post them here.
Added by Erin Lounsbury on Jul 31, 2014 12:55 PM
Al Ver Berkmoes
George VerBerkmoes
Hello Dark Shadow, On George VerBerkmoes' (#7022929) page you have added a second headstone picture that belongs to Howard and Edith VB. avb
Added by Al Ver Berkmoes on Jul 20, 2014 7:56 PM
Al Ver Berkmoes
RE: Relationship
Its a small small world!
Added by Al Ver Berkmoes on Jul 01, 2014 1:54 PM
Al Ver Berkmoes
Was interested in how you might be related to Rodney and Diane Kelley. I went to school with Rodney.
Added by Al Ver Berkmoes on Jun 29, 2014 10:18 PM
Helena Grinwis Petersen Gorter
Find A Grave Memorial# 86928632, Helena Peterson Gorter's maiden name is Grinwis. She is the daughter of Albert and Alice Grinwis.

Her first husband was Gerrit Petersen (Find A Grave Memorial# 110827746), and her second was Floris Arie (or Arie Floris) Gorter. I don't know where he is buried.

Helena died in Muskegon, MI.

-Lenore (Frisian #47153292)

Added by Frisian on Jun 27, 2014 10:47 PM
May Hillman
having issues with edits did something wrong

May SPORES Hillman daughter of Celia Ellcey Spores

Birth 25 MAY 1883 in Chester, Ottawa, Michigan
Death Aug 13, 1908 in Wright, Ottawa, Michigan

Thank you
Added by MjRich on Jun 01, 2014 2:07 PM
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