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AlaskanPrincess (#47036076)
 member for 6 years, 7 months, 23 days
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I appreciate those who have contributed memorials, even when the memorials they've added aren't relatives....or even acquaintances. I've certainly benefited from many of these submissions. These submissions have also played a part in genealogy research I've done for friends.

At this point, most of the memorials I've added have been because of a personal (and emotional) connection (family, friends or on behalf of friends).
Update, OCT. 2014: I have recently added some memorials for individuals I don't know and am not related to. In general, when searching Find a Grave for my friends or family members occasionally my attention may have been drawn to something: it might have been an unidentified baby, family members not linked, and/or missing dates for birth or death (there are so many of them!) Fortunately, many of these problems were resolved often after doing some research and then sending edits (or bios). In some instances I did create some memorials for individuals that are are not known to me - either as family member or friend. I'll be glad to consider transfers (outside FaG guidelines) - just ask!
March 2015 - still here. Not adding much these days - I think I've lost yet another memorial (that I had included obit and supplemental info with) - likely to a merge. There are FAG'ers that focus on being 'the first' to create a memorial, and that's it. No links, no obits, no details. Yes, I know I can send edits, but then I have to monitor if they accept or reject the edits, etc. They will click 'accept' and yet not enter the info. Or reject for whatever reason. Or - just not do anything. I was hoping when ancestry took over FAG that since ancestry's purpose is genealogy, that they would encourage more than basic stats in memorials. In cases where I've added memorials or info to memorials of those I don't know it's been with an eye to genealogy - to provide info to researchers ... just hasn't worked out real well.
I DO have to comment I have had contact with some like-minded, really pleasant, helpful contributors and I really, really appreciate you and your efforts.
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Samuel D. Keyser & Ella Dynes
Samuel is my great-great uncle and Ella is a cousin and have to admit that I am not in the guidelines for a transfer. I really appreciate you offering though, and all your hard work, including adding bios and linking, has not gone unnoticed by me!
Added by Cookie on Mar 29, 2015 4:53 PM
Samuel D. Keyser & Ella Dynes
I just wanted to thank you for making these memorials. It is very useful to be able to link family together and cemeteries can always be added later on. I have committed the 'sin' of creating a few of these myself. :) I look at them as a work in progress, and also as a reminder to keep searching. I am aware that people don't always like it and the findagrave police are always quite happy to make themselves known.
Added by Cookie on Mar 24, 2015 11:14 AM
RE: Memorial - Birth Year
There was absolutey no sarcasm in the message I sent. It was merely to point out the reason that I suggested you should correct the birth date. And I do not "monitor this cemetery just looking for problems ....." I was adding memorials, and found that you had already added one for this person. Talk about sarcasm ..... !!
Added by Darlene on Dec 12, 2014 8:46 AM
Audrey Ramsay Prest
McKinnies, Hunter

Wow what fact-filled bio! I've transferred management of these two to you so you can add the bio and any future details you may have. They are not related to me, and you clearly know them. I'm sure you understand that I am not comfortable adding information that I do not know personally.
Cheers, Audrey
Added by Audrey Ramsay Prest on Nov 11, 2014 9:16 PM
The Wells family is not my family. I only have information that was found on the stone or in OBIT's that I may have read. So I am no help in untangling the mystery.
Added by Cindy on Nov 07, 2014 6:39 PM
Terri Prim
I am happy you got a photo that you needed. That about makes my day. Smile
Added by Terri Prim on Nov 05, 2014 4:05 PM
My pleasure. So glad you found him!
Added by Liz on Nov 05, 2014 12:30 PM
Brian J. Ensley
RE: Just...thank you!
Thank you for your nice comments. There are two contributors that have taken cemetery lists from local historical websites and created memorials from them. They're not even from this state. They're clearly out for the numbers. The only good thing is that one of them consistently makes updates for me on a daily basis (easier now, with this new edit system). I'm sure I'm a pain in her butt but I believe that if you're going to create a memorial, you should be as accurate and complete as possible. I don't believe in adhering to the "minimum" of this site's guidelines of only needing a name and death date.

My bio says it all, but I treat each memorial as if they're my own family with the same care and respect. These were people and someone's loved ones. And as for infants from years ago, this may be the only thing that shows or documented that they once lived.

I have a large number of memorials created, but I'm not in it for the numbers. As anyone can see, I also have a large number of requests fulfilled. I had knee surgery a week ago Friday and I spent three hours hobbling around looking for 2 requests to photograph and paid by having to ice my knee the rest of the day. But to me it was worth it because I was able to help someone that I was e-mailing and helping them with their family research.

I've done all I could on my family tree and because it's an obsession with me, all I can do now is help others. Plus, it keeps me busy and out of trouble... lol. No matter what my intentions or my sacrifices for this site and for others, I still run into a nut job from time to time, so it is nice to get some positive feedback from someone. It's this type of message that reminds me that I'm doing the right thing.

Thank you very much for taking the time to send such a nice message!

Johnstown, PA
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Oct 26, 2014 6:06 AM
I appreciate your kind words. I do try my best to provide as many links and as much information as possible to every memorial I create. I also recommend quite a few edits to other memorials. I do this because I want a complete picture of each of my ancestors, not only for my children, and grandchildren, but for all that are related to the deceased. I do agree it seems a lot of people create memorials to run up the numbers, and I also find it quiet amusing that others actually request that you ask for permission to use the photo they freely provided to this great public resource, and while the site isn't an official genealogy cite , it is fast becoming just that, especially since Ancestry.Com became the owner.

Added by rickb on Oct 26, 2014 2:13 AM
Leta (Folks) Ferrell
RE: Links in in Memorials
I do not remember attaching any links, which memorial were you looking at that there was one that didn't work?

Added by Leta (Folks) Ferrell on Oct 23, 2014 6:17 AM
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