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I came across Find A Grave when researching some family genealogy and became instantly hooked.
MY GOAL: is to create accurate memorials that will HONOR THE MEMORY of each individual.
CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please let me know if I have made a mistake or misprint on any memorial or if you have additional information by clicking on the EDIT button on the top right of a memorial.
TRANSFERS: If I have created or am maintaining a memorial that you would like transferred to you, please use the EDIT button on the top right of the memorial page to make your request. Check Find A Grave for guidelines.
MY RECENT ENTRIES AT TOMS BROOK CEMETERY, UNION FORGE, AND OTHER SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VA CEMETERIES:
With the recent mass deletions by Stars & Bars of so many memorials from our Shenandoah County cemeteries, I have attempted to restore a small portion of these but fully realize that I cannot restore them all alone. There are many cemeteries that have had mass deletions. Some people have added memorials back in in bulk but have not added photographs. IF YOU HAVE ADDED BULK MEMORIALS AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PHOTOGRAPH THE HEADSTONES, PLEASE REQUEST PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THEM SO WE CAN GET ALL THE MEMORIALS REPHOTOGRAPHED. It is my hope that there will be other Find A Grave Volunteers in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia who will be willing to step up and rephotograph and restore the memorials that have been mass deleted. Hopefully there are family members out there who would like to expand on the memorials that I AND OTHERS have restored and create personal family histories. We all need to step up and participate in order to preserve the memory of our forefathers and mothers forever. You can do this in such a way as to make them easier to read by using some of the techniques that I have tried to explain on this page.
SPECIAL "HOW TOS" (HELPS) FOR MY FELLOW FIND A GRAVE VOLUNTEERS USING HTML CODE:
HOW TO EXPAND YOUR BIO PAGE AS WELL AS YOUR INDIVIDUAL MEMORIALS TO FILL OUT THE SCREEN LEAVING NO WHITE AREA TO THE RIGHT:
Before you begin to type your bio or do a bio for a memorial just type a row of APPROXIMATELY 35 characters such as ~~~~ or **** MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EDIT TAB IN FULL VIEW. Type and recheck before continuing.
HOW TO CREATE BOLD TEXT:
To create bold text in your Find A Grave memorials or on your home page you need to USE SOME HTML CODING by first type < and next TYPE the letter b with no space and then type > NEXT TYPE THE TEXT THAT YOU WANT IN BOLD PRINT and at the end of what is to be in bold TYPE < no space then / then b then > with no spaces in between them.
HOW TO CREATE ITALICS TEXT:
You can also do the same thing with italics by switching out the b and replace with i (for italics) using the same procedure. Or you can do both bold & italics by adding both the corresponding HTML codes one following the other with no space. Experiment with this until you get it right. Try it!
HOW TO CREATE A LINK TO ANOTHER FIND A GRAVE MEMORIAL:
Sometimes you may want to link to another memorial especially when there is no way to normally link the memorials - use the following HTML Code:
< a h r e f = "http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid= number "> name < / a >
Note that there are no spaces in the code except one after a before href. I had to make spaces so you can read this. Then find the memorial you want to link to, copy the number from the bottom of the memorial and paste that number where you see the word number - then delete the word number being careful not to remove any other notations. Then place the name of the person you want in place of the word NAME. Carefully delete the word name. Then click SAVE CHANGES. Always check to make sure the link has taken place and it is to the correct memorial.
Hope this helps!
REMINDER TO ALL VOLUNTEERS: Do not become overwhelmed by adding more memorials than you can properly maintain. The goal here is not to see how many memorials you can add, but how many you can create that are accurate and that you can properly maintain. If you have added more memorials than you feel comfortable with properly editing and updating then please ask another FAG volunteer to take them over or contact a Find A Grave staffer who will find someone else to maintain the memorials for you. DO NOT DELETE THEM.
My advice is to TRANSFER, TRANSFER, TRANSFER!
DO NOT DELETE THOSE YOU HAVE LABORED SO HARD TO CREATE! There may be family members whether distant or close in relationship who would love to have them in their control. Don't worry about Ancestry's buyout of Findagrave. Let's just hope that they will do what is right and continue to maintain Find A Grave as a free genealogy research site. This is a wonderful way to create your family tree, so make sure you link all your family members! This site is not just a record of headstones.
CREATE A COPY ON YOUR COMPUTER OF YOUR MOST DIRECT FAMILY MEMBERS MEMORIALS JUST IN CASE THERE EVER IS A GLITCH IN THIS SYSTEM
May you find joy in making all your FAG memorials special! This is a labor of love for all of us and a unique way to share and preserve our heritage!!
|Messages left for JeMM (31)||[Leave Message]|
Thank you so much for email.I am so upset and I see it affected alot of Find A Grave members And I so feel for all of them.I thought I was helping by adding them back,I wish I had never did Shenandoah now.
I dont know much about contacting Find A Grave.I tried a couple time but cant figure it out.I got nothing done on my family because I been doing complaints all day!I dont know where to start its a job that would take a year or so
I think I will stay out of the sites with doubles for awhile.I get to upset.By the way if anyone wants any family I have I would be more than Happy to transfer them.I dont go by guideline if there not my direct line then Id Love a Family member to care for memorials.Thanks again Hope things get better soon
|Keith McDonald||RE: Elizabeth Fadely|
i saw the issue and send note to Find A Grave also. they said they were in process of restoring memorial and would strip stars and bars photos and bios, i hoped this meant restore links, flowers, etc but it does not look that way.
not all cemeteries/people have other people who went out and started recreating memorials between when they deleted and Find A Grave restored.
according to Find A Grave, if we see cemeteries that now have a lot of dupes that can be fixed by their de-dupe routine (exact name and birth/death dates) let them know by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
normally that routine mergers the newer memorial to the older memorial. in this case they said they will merge ProjectMgr restored ones to other Find A Grave manager newly created ones.
for dupes that are not exact matches, send email to same address (3 requests per email, 20 email max per day) listing the two memorials to merge and they will do them manually.
i have been looking at cemeteries affected and making up lists to send to them. at same time if i see a duplicate involving two active people i send a merge note to the person who made the newer one. if i sent you a note for merge to a ProjectMgr record that was a mistake on my part, it should have been to an earlier one with an active manager.
I'm not sure I fully understand what has happened but I am willing to do the Columbia Furnace Cemetary that is located at Union Forge Rd. and St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Jerome of any that needs to be done again olus add on any new ones. I'm thinking if we designate the cemetaries that we can do it will keep us from having duplicates. Or if someone would like to work together on individual cemetaries that we could get this finished in a timely manner. Myself I don't want the credit for doing this. This is just something I enjoy doing. Any thoughts appreciated. Barbara Miller
Added by B Miller on Feb 28, 2015 4:40 PM
|Eddy Dodson||RE: David Fadely & Mary Fadely|
Email my address on my profile and I will send you the information.
|Eddy Dodson||RE: David Fadely & Mary Fadely|
I understand and I am always happy to meet a fadely desendant. I have some information on David's service in the War of 1812 if you are interested in adding it to his memorial. I am also a member of the SAR under David Sr.
|Michael S. Markwood||Daniel Wotring|
Hi, my name is Michael Markwood, #47643470. I am looking for info on Daniel Wotring #76822279 (1776-1839). I see that you have him listed on this site and under the burial info you have: Specifically: Farm south of Aurora, Preston County, WV. I live in Eglon, WV which is right beside Aurora and would like to know where Daniel is buried. Do you have the exact location where he is? Daniel Wotring is my 5th great grandfather. Thank you for any help you may have.
|Larry046||Maxine E CRABILL|
You had a photo request for Maxine E CRABILL. While I did not take the photo, I can provide you with a link to a cemetery web site that has the photo you are seeking.
Hope this helps.
Added by Larry046 on Jan 22, 2015 10:46 AM
|C Yocom||Indexing a death|
I just indexed a death which I believe is your Mary Elizabeth Lear Sine. It's so messed up, I think you would never find it. Death Cert Commonwealth of Virginia, #13498, listed as Sarah Elizabeth Sine. I thought with the info on the memorial you must have done a lot of research on this line and wanted to let you know. I came to find your memorial because I couldn't read her last name but her mother Matilda was fairly clear.
Added by C Yocom on Sep 11, 2014 12:53 AM
|Laura Kessler Hershey||Hints|
Just want to also say thank you for the "How TO's" of different print!! Appreciate it!! Laura
|Carol Hardman||Alexander B. Clinedinst|
Thank you so much for the edit, the transfer, and your info on creating bold and italic type. Your volunteer work is much appreciated. Carol
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