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colorsflashing (#47050656)
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Bio Photo Cemeteries provide me with an instant state of serenity. They are wonderful places to go and clear my head, as well as spark my imagination as I wonder about all of the people buried there. They are historical, I always learn something new in a cemetery.

I just read several complaints on another website about Some people claim that it is morbid and hurtful to the surviving families to take photos of their loved ones' graves. I'm sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree. It is a tribute to those people that have passed on. I hope they come to understand this eventually. Everyone deserves to be remembered, even if it's with the assistance of modern technology and the internet. It's also a fantastic tool for people tracing their family roots.

I have been taking photos of graves for quite some time and have never had one single complaint directed to me yet. I certainly hope I never do, as I feel I'm doing something good, with the intention to honor, not exploit, the deceased.
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Judith Lee Howard Shea
Capt Elkanah Andrews 71482430
I just saw the great work you've done with some of my ancestors' memorials. What a beautiful picture of the gravestone of Capt. Andrews!

I started my tree over a year ago with these folks, but I had not discovered Find-a-Grave yet. So as I'm putting my print-outs in binders now I realize I have no memorials of these people, the Smiths. "Are there any?" I wondered. I had one photo of Lemuel Smith's stone, but nothing else. I'm thrilled to find out there ARE memorials for some of them!!

Thank you for your good work! About what you said about what people think— about F.a.G. being morbid: those people don't ever have to come here, so why should they care? Maybe they tell you that when they see you taking photos?

Well, you can tell them that it means everything in the world to me to see the graves of my ancestors. It moves me to the point of tears, like right now. What better connection do we have to them? I have a ton of old letters, which are wonderful, but they are only from one small branch of the family. You can quote me to the next one that complains to you: without the work of the Find-a-Grave volunteers and the wonderful photos and historical information, I would feel so much more distant from those ancestors whom, though I will not meet them until "later!" I dearly love. All the suffering and toil that they went through amazes me every day, and they are an inspiration to me.

Thanks again!

Judith Lee Howard Shea
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Aug 21, 2016 10:24 PM
Brian Jarczewski

Thank you for posting memorial #51888470 as I believe this to by my Great Great Grandparents.
Great Grandparents Bernard & Martha Miller also interred at ST. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Added by Brian Jarczewski on Apr 19, 2016 9:50 AM
Karen Dickson
This is in regards to the Montour cem. My husband is related to Oliver Perry Bower and I am related to his wife, Jane McClintock. As you can see we didn't live too far apart. Or rather our relatives didn't. I do understand what you mean by cemeteries. I always enjoyed going to them and in fact have eaten several lunches there sitting near some relatives g.s.
I thought I would correct Jane's last name, although it may be carved on her stone as McClintik...I have had to type it all way in order to find the census on this family. But the correct spelling is McClintock and there is a nice article on her family in the old book, Landmarks of Schuyler Co. (which has been copies on the Schuyler Rootsweb site under Oliver Perry Bower.
What makes me mad is when folks take the head stones or damage them. I have had at least two stolen from the Coe Cem in Schuyler Co.
I also took pictures when I was Town Historian for Ulysses, when folks asked information on their family. I thought it made it a little more personable.
Keep up the good work
Karen Dickson
Added by Karen Dickson on Jan 21, 2016 1:42 PM
carol fasc
RE: Edinger Grave
Hi Patti...glad to have your bio and totally agree about photos taken to remember those who have passed...I thought it was odd last week that the caretaker from a Lancaster Cemetery told me "I hope your not doing this for Find a Grave because they ask for money to take pictures"...I had to set him straight and say that it was a hobby and wasn't for profit...I'm hoping some gr-great grandkids find the photos I've posted!! Carol
Added by carol fasc on Jul 20, 2015 6:46 PM
RE: John Lounsbury
You're sure welcomed...I'm ironically about to go back to visit the Lounsburys' cemetery again after a couple years absence...and if it doesn't rain ~ :°)
Added by CryptoGram on Jun 28, 2015 8:16 AM
Backus Family History
RE: Frances Robertson Grave Photo
You are very welcome!
Added by Backus Family History on Jun 27, 2015 2:29 PM
Frederick Sieber
Nancy Marie Cottrell Dennison
I had previously requested links that were incorrect, but I corrected them for her father John Cottrell, and spouse Jessie Dennison.
Added by Frederick Sieber on May 29, 2015 7:52 PM
Samson headstones
I came across a memorial for John P Samson, Memorial # 71434635, that you have put up. Then as I was doing more research, I came across a memorial for Mary L. Samson, Memorial # 71434559. The headstones are very similar, so I'm wondering if there is any way to tell whether they are linked as husband and wife? If there is any way you can let me know, I would truly be greatly appreciative.
Thanks so much for all the work you do!

Added by larkspur55 on May 02, 2015 3:45 PM
Memorial# 39966898
Don't know if you read your messages but it appears that a family member of Anielka Baginski has input her family information. You may wish to delete your memorial.
Added by DKonopa on Apr 25, 2015 4:02 PM
headstone of wife of Charles A Justin
I found the picture and info you put up on Charles A Justin and wondered if the headstone of his wife or children were there also?

Created by: colorsflashing
Record added: Sep 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41479723

Thank you for your dedication to helping people find their ancestors.

Added by Bill on Feb 10, 2015 9:14 PM
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