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pkarchs (#47286217)
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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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Samantha Cleveland
RE: Ephramin R. Akin (1827-1864) - Viewland Cemetery | Rotterdam, Schenectady Co., New York
You are very welcome, I'm glad you liked it!
Added by Samantha Cleveland on May 13, 2015 8:33 PM
RE: Simon Snell (1805-1883) - Tower Hill Cemetery | Chudleigh, Devon
Hi Philip, It is particularly encrusted there, but I'm certain it's 3rd.
Added by Toltecia on Apr 25, 2015 11:55 AM
RE: Simon Snell (1805-1883) - Tower Hill Cemetery | Chudleigh, Devon
I'm working on something else at present, and haven't yet transferred the map images from the camera used, (large mega pixel - for greater detail) ...
adjacent in the row is F39 Eliza, in the next row but adjacent to F40 is F69 Emma, adjacent to that is F70 William.

Please feel free to add these to the cemetery.
Added by Toltecia on Apr 17, 2015 4:32 AM
RE: Simon Snell (1805-1883) - Tower Hill Cemetery | Chudleigh, Devon
I can certainly provide a photo of the unmarked plot(s).
Although in the past, I've found providing such negative images has not been appreciated.

What I will also do ┐should you want it?; is send you the photo that I took of the burials map including the section with the Snell graves.
Added by Toltecia on Apr 16, 2015 12:46 PM
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'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
RE: Re: Stillman Family

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? 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
Stillman Family
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
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,
Added by Sara on Feb 18, 2015 7:07 PM
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
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