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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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mark south
the Donaldson edits
thanks for the info you sent me, I am putting the edits through tonight, curious if you have any connection to the Donaldsons
Added by mark south on Dec 19, 2014 5:47 PM
my rationale
Hi Phil,

I have declined your edit requests for the Kittleson's and you have now asked for "my rationale" in doing so.

I did post my rationale in the decline "reason," so it should be in the email you received. However, I will explain it here, since you asked.

Currently, for Helen, I have the inscription from her family in the marker transcription slot. It is words of endearment and in my opinion, nothing else should be put in that section.

You are asking me to add "her full name" IN CAPITAL LETTERS, the birth and death dates on the tombstone, AND rewrite the loving inscription in CAPITAL LETTERS.

The name and dates are redundant. My photographs are nice and clear, so there is no reason to spell it out in that category.

The "name" is in the "name" section and is searchable by name. There is no reason to duplicate that.

The "dates" are in the official "date" section. Again, no reason to duplicate that.

And there is absolutely no reason to CAPITALIZE the entire thing, inscription included. It's not very pretty, and even if you don't agree with me, I am the manager of the memorial and that is my preference.

Same reasoning goes for Lyle, despite him not having an inscription of endearment. It is superfluous.

I hope this answers your question.
Added by Colletta on Dec 14, 2014 10:58 PM
Bobi DeVore
RE: Joseph Bradford (1675-1747) - Raymond Hill Cemetery
Thank you very much this was very helpful and thank you for the correction and link. Joseph was my 7th ggrandfather, I descend from his daughter Elizabeth.
Added by Bobi DeVore on Dec 14, 2014 10:45 AM
George Harger
Samuel Crooks
Saw your message to LKChap about faithful rendering of transcriptions. I have the full, faithful 1947 renderings of all the stones in Blandford Cemetery and a few hundred will get processed by Find A Grave Edit this week for the inactive contributors. Unfortunately many transcriptions have been put in the description field, so very difficult to get them changed, at least all the wordings are there. If you find errors as inscriptions appear, feel free to send edits.
Added by George Harger on Dec 10, 2014 9:34 AM
13th Generation Fairbanks in America
RE: Harry J Spies (1915-1997) - Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
My privilege. Warm regards.
Added by 13th Generation Fairbanks... on Dec 04, 2014 3:20 PM
George Harger
Blandford Cemetery Photos
I took all my photos down. Once the memorial corrections are done I will put them up ordered so the claimant can walk it top to bottom. There are going to be some missing stones from what I saw when I was there in Sept, and I want to mark those memorials so so noone wastes their time. Thanks.

PS: this cemetery had 232 memorials back in June. Now it is about 370. So many were put in Hill Cemetery by mistake.
Added by George Harger on Nov 21, 2014 8:50 AM
George Harger
RE: Blandford Cemetery - Hugh Hamilton & Samuel Crooks
Source is a comprehensive transcription done in 1947. Actually Hugh Hamilton is Plot #184. I will send a new edit request as the inscription is a little off too. There was so much wrong with this cemetery that I was bound to make an error too. Thanks for the question.
Added by George Harger on Nov 21, 2014 8:42 AM
RE: Lucy Davis Merchant (1764-1827) - Old Watertown Cemetery
Philip - Thank you so much for figuring out where Lucy actually is buried - and even more for the fabulous photo of her gravestone! Your friend Terry must be a professional photographer - both the photo of Lucy's grave, and the obelisk monument you mentioned are great. All the best, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Christie
Added by Christie on Nov 10, 2014 7:37 AM
karen cuccinello
RE: Caleb Jones (1804-1854) Rossman Hill Cemetery
My Pleasure - Congrats
Added by karen cuccinello on Nov 04, 2014 7:19 AM
RE: Lucy Davis Merchant - again
Great work, Philip! I'm so excited that you found Lucy's records in Watertown. I'm updating my records accordingly. Fabulous!
Added by Christie on Nov 02, 2014 7:00 AM
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