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Chris (#47304829)
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Bio Photo Hello Find A Grave members: PLEASE READ!

Please do not add names to Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington, Oakland, Michigan. As the data manager for Oakwood, I have been asked to monitor that cemetery for the Library, genealogical society and the city. I have spent two years, and several thousand hours, researching the people buried in Oakwood. I have been to the cemetery 33 times and taken almost 2000 pictures.

There are at least a dozen people who are listed on grave monuments in Oakwood who aren't actually buried there. The cemetery has been completely photographed and we know who is buried there. We are adding recently burials as they occur, so that we can keep our master list current.

PLEASE don't add names to Oakwood Cemetery in Farmington. The library system is directing their researchers to Find A Grave for their research and we want the information to be accurate. We have a master list for the cemetery, birth, marriage and death records, and census data. We are still correcting lot numbers and some other data that we have discovered is incorrect. Many of the city records are NOT correct.

Thank you for your cooperation.

I have learned a very valuable lesson from this project. You can't just walk through a cemetery, take a picture of a grave monument and assume that the person is buried there. It must be researched!
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Honoring Their Lives
I just wanted to say "Thanks" for the additional information for Myrtle Hilliker's memorial (1912-2006). I appreciate you going that extra mile to forward information to help make her story more complete. Warmly, Helen, Nashville, TN
Added by Honoring Their Lives on Dec 06, 2016 2:14 PM
Debbie B
RE: Eva Sarah Willits Reynolds
Chris, thanks for posting, and for letting me know.
All the best in your future search and research!
Added by Debbie B on Dec 05, 2016 8:01 PM
Laurie S Keller (AKA Laurie Kirby)
RE: Ella Ann Renn Shoebridge
Hi, Chris.

I just realized that somehow I'd typed in Melvin Tryon's birth date as his date of death.

Sorry again for the confusion, and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Best wishes,
Laurie Keller
Added by Laurie S Keller (AKA Laur... on Dec 05, 2016 8:09 AM
Laurie S Keller (AKA Laurie Kirby)
RE: Ella Ann Renn Shoebridge
Sorry for any mix-up here.

My source for Melvin Tryon's death is and gives a date of 22 Dec 1882. I have Ella's marriage to Shoebridge from which gives the marriage date as 1884, no further detail. While I have no marriage record for Melvin and Ella, their daughter Ruby's birth ( gives her parents' names as Melvin Tryon and Ellen [sic] Tryon, and on Ruby's marriage ( she listed her parents as Melvin Tryon and Ella Renn. Ella Shoebridge was one of the witnesses to the marriage. While the documentary evidence isn't incontrovertible, I felt (in the absence of a marrage record to Melvin Tryon and the use of Ella's maiden name in Ruby's birth record) that it was pretty strong. I'd be grateful to know whether you have any stronger evidence or evidence to the contrary so any mysteries can be solved.

Thanks, Laurie Keller
Added by Laurie S Keller (AKA Laur... on Dec 05, 2016 8:07 AM
sandi lewis - malburg
Alfred Johnson 138262551
I'm a bit confused. Was his mother named Lovisa and his wife?
Are you related to him so I can just ransfer it to you?
Added by sandi lewis - malburg on Nov 13, 2016 12:27 PM
Diane Mills
Brownell Cemetery again
I'm tired! Nancy Mills Lamb is my husband's 3X Great Aunt, not 2X GM!
Added by Diane Mills on Nov 10, 2016 8:56 PM
Diane Mills
Brownells of Rollin, Lenawee
Hi Chris, I have posted a map showing location of Brownell Cemetery (it may still be pending Nov. 10, but should show up soon if approved). I will be researching the additional grave site of Nancy Mills Lamb in land records when I get a chance. She was my husbands 2X GGM, d. 1838.
Added by Diane Mills on Nov 10, 2016 8:48 PM
David K Smith
RE: Thomas and Gloe Beaty
Thanks for your time...appreciate it!

Added by David K Smith on Oct 26, 2016 1:40 PM
David K Smith
RE: Thomas and Gloe Beaty
Thanks for your time...appreciate it!

Added by David K Smith on Oct 26, 2016 1:39 PM
Dale Safford
RE: Witt family Tawas, Michigan
OK, sounds good! Thanks for letting me know.
Witt family Tawas, Michigan
Hello Dale: Thank you for the heads up on the Witt family. I just haven't had time to get back to them. Today, I added information to their memorials and linked their family members together. I added more information than your edits, so they will come back to you as declined but just ignored them. Thank you for taking the time to send me the information.
Added by Dale Safford on Oct 23, 2016 7:56 AM
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