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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 with the help of others.

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

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George Harger
RE: Blandford Cemeteires
Fixing Blandford cemeteries is a long tedious process. In order to merge: names & dates have to be exactly alike. Change Requests take 21 days for inactive contributors (there are several here). And if I make an error, another 21 days. Also have to ask Find A Grave to change the cemetery locations, and I miss some because there is no photo to validate it was taken at Blandford Cemetery.

By the time I get to Blandford (from AZ) There should be over 100 memorials transferred from Hill Cemetery to Blandford Cemetery. Once there, I will check the full list and find stones with missing photos or sitting in Hill Cemetery.
Added by George Harger on Sep 15, 2014 4:01 PM
George Harger
RE: Blandford Cemeteires
Unfortunately, many of the memorial & cemetery changes involve inactive or uncooperative managers. So a 21 day wait period. Find A Grave Edit does change the cemetery pretty fast once I request it. Merger does have the advantage of preserving photos & connections. I will likely have to look at every stone in Blandford Cemetery to confirm results of this project in Blandford.
Added by George Harger on Sep 14, 2014 7:27 PM
Gerry Jean
RE: Joseph Henry Hesketh (1836-1896) et al. - Mount Calvary Cemetery to Holy Cross Catholic Cemeter
Very glad to help!

(I moved from 80th & 1st years ago to current San Francisco .... don't miss the humidity!)
Added by Gerry Jean on Sep 14, 2014 8:45 AM
George Harger
Captain David Hamilton
David Hamilton is in Blandford Cemetery. It has been very slow going with Becky not answering. Sad thing is when she placed so many memorials in Hill Cemetery instead of Blandford Cemetery, those that found Blandford Cemetery correctly, duped her. I am plodding thru it very slowly. I found an on-line Flickr Photo Album of Blandford Cemetery so that I am sure of the changes I am requesting. If you have any questions/suggestions for Blandford cemeteries, drop me a line. I only have one family stone in each cemetery, but I want to fix everything. I am going there in a couple weeks from AZ. Thanks.
Added by George Harger on Sep 07, 2014 5:38 PM
Reg Thompson

Mercy Freeman Knowles burial is removed from the cemetery.


Reg Thompson
Added by Reg Thompson on Aug 24, 2014 1:16 PM
George Harger
Blandford Duplicates
Just saw Donna's response to you concerning the burial location of Captain David Hamilton. I will get the duplicate memorial resolved. I have quite a few in process, and some take a while as some contributors have gone inactive. I will be in Blandford in about a month from AZ.
Added by George Harger on Aug 23, 2014 8:48 PM
George Harger
Bandford Duplicates
If you are still interested, Blandford cemeteries have many posting errors. Blandford Cemetery (the oldest) is at the bottom of the hill in center of town. Hill Cemetery is just up the Hill on NORTH STREET. To further confuse, NORTH Blandford Cemetery is on Blair Road. I am trying to unravel some of the duplicates, and have put Captain David Hamilton on my list. One contributor puts the same people in both cemeteries and refuses to answer any questions or do any edit suggestions. Take Care.
Added by George Harger on Aug 23, 2014 8:42 PM
I'll check later today; I've been traveling for the last few weeks for work. Clio
Added by clio on Aug 07, 2014 7:14 AM
P Welch
RE: Maria Antoinette Smith Carter (1836-1865) - North Village Cemetery
Thanks for letting me know about the duplicates. Don't know how I missed that one. I hate duplicates.
Added by P Welch on Aug 04, 2014 3:40 PM
Terry Goodwin
RE: Carter Memorials - Riverside Cemetery, Pleasant Valley
You are quite welcome for the photos and my thanks for your kind words.
I have sent along an email, with attachment regarding the Carters, et al., at Pleasant Valley.
Added by Terry Goodwin on Jul 30, 2014 8:03 AM
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