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 findagrave.com. 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.
#4196338 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 #48406733
RE: Edinger Grave Hi Patti...glad to have helped...read 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
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!