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Al M. (#47293875)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo In April of 2010, I was made aware of Find A Grave in conjunction with the genealogical research I had recently started. I had found my great-great grandmother's grave marker posted on another site, but not her husband's. I contacted one of the site admins, who posted a request on Find A Grave and, voila!, a volunteer went out to the cemetery and took a picture! Following that, I decided to do the same for others, and I signed up to be a photo volunteer.

Shortly thereafter, we visited that cemetery in Illinois where my great-great grandparents were buried. It's about four hours away, and made a fun day trip on Memorial Day! While in the area, we visited two other cemeteries where other relatives were buried.

Family names I am researching are: Manning, Gauger, Sensenich, Hedegger, and Jurk. Hedegger and Jurk are in Germany.


I enjoy fulfilling photo requests, and spend a lot of time trying to get good pictures. However, I don't fulfill photo requests that are put into the "Notes" section of someone else's memorial (that of a spouse, for example). My reason for this isn't because I want to "rack up numbers". It is because using that method to try to get photos not only circumvents Find-a-Grave rules, but makes more work for the photo volunteer, as well as increasing the chance your request will get missed. There needs to be a separate photo request submitted for each memorial for which you want a photo.
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Edna S
A Big Thank You
Thanks Al for all the fulfilling hard work you do!! It truly is a blessing to have volunteers like you!!
Added by Edna S on Nov 02, 2014 1:10 AM
Barb Kopshina
William Rea
Would you be willing to add the grave photo you posted for Samuel Rea in Fairbank Cemetery to William Harrison Rea's memorial also since they are on the same stone? Thanks, Barb
Added by Barb Kopshina on Oct 07, 2014 11:11 AM
Patty Wisher
Highland Cemetery, Blackhawk co ia
I see in the picture of this cemetery that the roadside gate is locked, I was wondering if you could walk to cemetery from the road! There are some photo requests that I thought about fulfilling there! Thank you Patty Wisher
Added by Patty Wisher on Aug 06, 2014 8:12 PM
Janice (O'Bryan) Byington
Photo Requests
I accidentally read the comment you made to someone else about not putting "Thank you" in the comments area of photo requests. I didn't know that either. Good thing to know, for all of us. Thank you for the lesson.
Added by Janice (O'Bryan) Byington on Apr 14, 2014 8:44 AM
L Beacon
RE: Photo Requests
Thanks for your message, point well taken and will in the future not add any Thank you messages, was only trying to be courteous and did not realize I was complicating matters for certain volunteers. Cheers and thank you for your dedication to Find A Grave.
Added by L Beacon on Apr 13, 2014 4:52 PM
Beth M
RE: Information
Sent you an email today. Thanks!
Added by Beth M on Feb 13, 2014 5:04 AM
Beth M
RE: Information
I thought that you could add the photo to the site without my email? Do you need more information about my request?
Added by Beth M on Feb 13, 2014 4:50 AM
RE: Photo Requests
Thank you so very much! Appreciate your efforts!
Added by ca on Dec 29, 2013 11:51 AM
Hooked On Family
RE: McCrery Memorials
Hi, Al.

I took on Lynwood Cem. as a project - created numerous memorials and took 3800 photos. I don't know the people so don't need the memorials. But if you don't want to edit, it's ok, I can do it. I just came across someone looking for a related member of this family and noticed a couple of children buried here.

Either way is fine.

Thanks for all you do. I certainly have not been out much this summer doing photos, even with the decent weather.

Added by Hooked On Family on Oct 07, 2013 11:40 AM
Rebecca Wright
RE: Harry Reynolds Transfer
Hi Al,

Thank so much for the transfer of Harry's memorial, I look forward to adding a few photos and a bio! Thanks for all your work creating these memorials!

Best regards,

Added by Rebecca Wright on Oct 04, 2013 12:13 PM
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