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pkarchs (#47286217)
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Bio Photo New York, New York

Nearly all memorials added or managed by me are family - either related to me directly or by marriage one or a few degrees removed. The vast majority I researched/discovered/visited/documented/linked beginning in 1994. Unless the subject is part of current research, I'm generally happy to transfer a memorial to anyone by chance more closely related than I am, regardless of generation and especially if they have further information and connections to add. By all means, if I have posted a photo of interest to you, please use it - no permission required, giving credit when practical and appropriate to do so.

I both request and transfer management because the most meaningful memorials on Find-A-Grave are created by many interested and dedicated volunteers working together. Put the memorial in the hands of the most knowledgeable - typically a direct relation with vested interest or a local enthusiast with invaluable insights. The "Family First policy of Four Generations" has become a failed excuse for the well-known few to maintain control and rack up "numbers" at the expense of expanding useful information for the majority and posterity. I respect those who labor long hours by groundwork and online to produce vast data on Find-A-Grave. By contrast, my emphasis is connectivity of the "relative" few I knew or have come to know well. I strive to be accurate, scholarly and welcome corrections. I'm fine with the hypothetical memorial as it often leads to real and unexpected discovery; this has happened for me countless times. Creative hypothesis can lead to real answers when and where least expected with the help of others.

I have a particular interest in design of all kinds - in this context: funerary, both graphic and literary. For this reason, I aspire to accurate transcriptions correct by line, case, font. In this way, Google picks up the verbiage thus becoming searchable. Few epitaphs are original and with even a few eroded words and partial phrases, the indecipherable becomes known. The best photograph (text unsearchable via Google) is not enough.

Finally, I prefer quality over quantity, recognizing that perfection takes time and you have to start somewhere.


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Bella Rosa
RE: Gaylords in Penfield Cemetery | Penfield, Lorain Co., Ohio
You are very welcome! I was in another cemetery last night and thought it was further away than 4 miles from Penfield. So decided at the last minute right before the day faded to go find the requests there. It's way out in the country and I don't think too many volunteers want to drive that far. But since I was only 4 miles away at the time...I thought...I'll try it! I was very happy with their memorial...it's gorgeous! My photos don't do it justice! Their son-in-law was a very prominent man as was his Father in their time. I posted something from a book as caption to photo...check it out if you haven't seen it! Glad to be of service. :)
Added by Bella Rosa on Apr 01, 2015 7:19 AM
Tonsuz1
RE: Re: Stillman Family
Philip,

Thank you so much for your response. I would really love to trace my family tree. How would you suggest I go about doing that? Ancestry.com? In the past I did just a Stillman search on the web and was able to go back into the late 1700's, but many pieces were missing.
-Suzanne (Florida)
Added by Tonsuz1 on Mar 19, 2015 6:37 AM
Tonsuz1
Stillman Family
Hello,
My name is Suzanne Stillman. I am the granddaughter of Raymond H. Stillman and Ethel Stillman. I was wondering what if any connection you have to our family?
Thank You.
Added by Tonsuz1 on Mar 18, 2015 8:20 PM
Sara
RE: Photos for Eleazer Huntington, III (1766-1830) - North Windham Cemetery
So sorry about the memorial page "issue"...what a nightmare for you!! I have put the original gravestone photos from #78574777 onto #28237725. I'll keep my opinion to myself but know I am impressed that you want to make another's created memorial page have the correct information...and then delete yours.

Let me know if you need any gravestone photos taken in eastern CT or need any research in the Hartford State Library.
Good luck with your genealogy,
Sara
Added by Sara on Feb 18, 2015 7:07 PM
Steve
RE: Duplicate: Eleazer Huntington (1766 - 1830) - North Winham Cemetery
I feel your pain. Sounds like a good plan. I am also a descendent through Edwin Eleazar Huntington, so we are (distantly) related.
Added by Steve on Feb 18, 2015 5:16 PM
Bobi DeVore
RE: Re: Joseph Bradford (1675-1747) - Raymond Hill Cemetery
Hey Philip,
So Joseph had no other siblings by his parents Sarah & William?, but half siblings, I had corrected my data, shame not knowing her maiden name, would like to work her lines, maybe some of the Griswold/Wiswall descendants may know, if any are working those lines.

The info of the Mayflower families were most helpful and am very grateful for them, Thank you.
Added by Bobi DeVore on Feb 18, 2015 11:57 AM
Janet
RE: Re: Edwin Eleazer Huntington, Memorial# 3951415
Thank you for reply.

I am not going to process the edit immediately, at least not this week. I want to proceed methodically on this because several people have contributed to Edwin's memorial and have relied on the family link connection already made.

You confirmed my suspicions re: 2008 vs. 2011. I have had that happen to me also.
Added by Janet on Feb 18, 2015 9:03 AM
Bobi DeVore
RE: Joseph Bradford (1675-1747) - Raymond Hill Cemetery
Thank you, I corrected in my data
Added by Bobi DeVore on Feb 17, 2015 4:39 PM
Janet
Edwin Eleazer Huntington, Memorial# 3951415
I am conflicted about what to do about an edit of Edwin Eleazer Huntington - Find A Grave Memorial# 3951415. Someone submitted a family link for his father (Find A Grave Memorial# 28237725). He alread has a father link submitted by you (Find A Grave Memorial# 78574777). Why are there two different memorials for Eleazer Huntington, III?
Added by Janet on Feb 17, 2015 3:19 PM
Tina Adams
RE: Lansing & Louisa M. Jones Bailey - Glenwood Cemetery
You are most welcome, it was our pleasure.

Cheers,

Tina
Added by Tina Adams on Jan 24, 2015 2:06 PM
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