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Ed Smith (#47100545)
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I have met many wonderful people on Find A Grave. Thanks to all the contributors for all you have done and continue to do. Thanks everyone for all the suggested corrections, and extra information provided to me.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of individuals who do not understood that we are volunteers, who have been rude, who have been otherwise abusive or who have been frankly bizarre. Because of this, I will follow the Find A Grave guidelines. It is about the hunt, not the numbers. But dealing with some of the Find A Grave members and interlopers, I have learned to follow the guidelines.

I am always happy to to update or correct memorials but PLEASE use the "EDIT" tab on individual memorials to suggest information corrections or additions. This sends a direct link to the memorial as well as your own profile page. If a request is left on my profile page it will be ignored and deleted. I just don't have the time to search for the individual memorial and then make the update.

If you discover that I have made a mistake or created a duplicate later than one you created, please use the Edit tab and send me the correction and I will delete the duplicate immediately. And please be nice. A simple request is all I ask. I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible, but I am human and I will make mestakes.

I will only transfer listings of one's direct relatives within four generations as defined in Find A Grave Guidelines. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. Consider using the Virtual Cemetery feature. It's an easy way to collect all of your ancestors either in one big VC or you can have several VCs for various family lines.

When requesting a transfer, use the EDIT TAB on the memorial and state your relationship. If it falls within Find A Grave guidelines I will complete the transfer. If there is no relationship noted, the relationship is outside Find A Grave Guidelines or the request is posted on my profile page, it will be ignored and deleted.

What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009
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Windi Spears
my dad
would you transfer 54810498 Robert David Miller to me, he is my dad. ty for your consideration.
Added by Windi Spears on Sep 23, 2014 9:56 AM
Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
Donald Paul Stewart-DD 1963
Donald Stewart was the Chief of Police for the Escalon Police Department in California for 10 years. He was killed in the line of duty at age 59. He also was a Marine Veteran. He died due to Head Injuries when he was assaulted by a suspect during a domestic disturbance. The suspect grabbed his Billy Club and hit him with it.
Added by Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, ... on Sep 18, 2014 4:06 PM
Hugh Johnston
Hello Ed. I was looking at Northern Ireland pages to see if any of them matched my Arthur Johnston/Johnson. Last name was changed by the Union Army. Was your Johnston name changed too? I noticed that all of the Johnston's from Florencecourt were under your name. I found the above name in Albany Rural Cemetery, New York. He is part of a reinterment from Albany State Street Burial Grounds. As I remember he is in the St. Peter's Episcopal area of the Church grounds. He is from Florencecourt, Fermanagh Co. Ireland too. It says Florens court on the stone. His Find A Grave # is 118603706.

Hope this helps with your search.
PS I don't know which of the 6 counties my Arthur Johnston is from.
Added by Basiclysue on Sep 17, 2014 3:01 PM
B. Pierson
Raymond Rodden
I have been in contact with a Raymond Rodden Jr.'s son, he lives in Oroville, Ca. And was adopted when he was very young to a Melgoza family, he is asking for info on his Rodden side of the family that includes Charles, can you lend a hand and help me find info for him, my grandpa and his grandpa were brothers and sons to Charles, look forward to hearing from you, Bobby
Added by B. Pierson on Sep 11, 2014 5:06 PM
pamela west
Kinser memorials
Thanks for the updates, and sorry about the weird posts that I left that precede this - don't know why there are there:)

Pamela West
Added by pamela west on Sep 11, 2014 3:02 AM
Gertrude Gaylord Moran
Hi, Ed,

Thanks so much for the quick update to Gertrude's memorial. It is much appreciated.

Best regards,

Added by Brenda on Sep 08, 2014 3:16 PM
Judy W
Caterina Bertucci
Thanks for making it. God Bless
Added by Judy W on Aug 31, 2014 12:18 PM
Bobs your Uncle
Thank you so much for the transfer! Dad says hi!

Margaret Ballinger
Added by Bobs your Uncle on Aug 29, 2014 8:38 PM
Deana Bechthold Lara
Thank you! I've been looking for Leah Bechthold (55781460) :)

Added by Deana Bechthold Lara on Aug 21, 2014 3:57 PM
Tis an old, old path
Photo of Lillie Pearl Johnson Smith
Hi, I see that you added a photo to Lillie Pearl Johnson Smith's memorial, 44224785. I was wondering if you would possibly be willing to send me a scanned copy of that photo via email.

I am working on my family tree and would love to be able to add the photo of Lillie to our tree. My husband's grandfather, Daniel Monroe Benson, was married to Lillie at the time of his death. If the photo of Lillie was cropped out of another photo, I would love to have the entire photo scan. The background looks a lot like a cropped photo we have of Daniel.

Please contact me at
Thanks so much, nj
Added by Tis an old, old path on Aug 18, 2014 6:32 PM
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