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grandmacarol (#47471874)
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Pet peeve: Using INTERNMENT (the practice of placing persons in detention, especially during wartime), where INTERMENT (burial) is actually intended.

Regarding photographs:
If you take a photo that seems better than the one I have taken, by all means, post it! The quality and legibility of a photo depend on a lot of things--amount of sunlight, angle of sunlight, shading by trees, time of day, etc. Sometimes I get a good pic and sometimes I don't. A not-so-great pic is better than none at all.

Things I try to do (but don't always succeed in doing!)
1)Take pics on a sunny morning.
2)Don't get my shoes or other extraneous items/people in the pic!
3)Take the pic so the stone looks level, even if it isn't.
4)Crop my photos before posting so I don't have 50% grass and the stone is small and difficult to read.
5)Avoid getting a reflection of myself in the stone (and wear dark clothing to minimize that if it does happen).
6)Avoid casting shadows on the stone.
7)Check all sides of the stone.
8)Photograph the "front" of the stone, not including the "top" at all, unless there is something specific of interest on the top.

If you are researching Missouri relatives, be sure to check out the state death certificate database, found here:

Missouri Death Certificates

Cooper County cemetery information can also be found online:

Cooper county Cemeteries

Much of the information I post originates from those two sites.

Information on several Illinois cemeteries obtained from:

Genealogy Trails, Illinois

St. Liborius

Always happy and eager to make corrections, additions or add links to memorials.

1/2015 update: Going through memorials I have transferred, I'm astonished at the number of people who wanted transfers but have done nothing with them. If you ask for a transfer, please add a bio, add a least add a flower!
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Nathan Haines
RE: photo request
Well, I have been doing Lincoln Memorial requests for the last few years. I am retired and don't go very far from home anymore on my poor income. Lincoln Memorial is real close to me so is not too far to go for me. There are 250,000 people interred in that cemetery. The cemetery office treats me real good so I am able to find graves when I can't find them myself. I made the page for the request you made and I know right where that grave is so I don't need to pester the office for that one.
The forecast is for rain everyday for the next whole week and possibly more. I don't have an underwater camera so I won't be able to go to the cemetery very soon to get your pictures.
I clean up the graves the best I can before I get pictures. Not many people will do that. They just take "as-is" pictures and that is all that is required for Find A Grave. Find A Grave is not set up as a best picture taking contest in a manner of speaking or there probably would not be very many pictures taken for their web site, right? I need the exercise and cleaning up the graves does just that, gets me some exercise.
You are only the second person in the last 11 years of doing this that has mentioned my profile picture. I love that picture. It was a true "Kodak Moment" if you remember the old commercials by Kodak that used to say that. My daughter had her camera ready and my oldest grandson Roman got the sudden inspiration on how to get me to smile and it worked! :-] Roman just finished a three your tour in the Army about a year or so ago and my only granddaughter on my lap got married a couple years ago so that picture is not a recent picture.
Added by Nathan Haines on Nov 20, 2016 9:15 AM
John Morris
Thanks for clearing up this matter, as a member has posted his memorial on Ancestry as being the older John Morris.
Added by Babs on Nov 14, 2016 3:37 PM
Jennifer Thompson
RE: Find a Grave photos
The photo I need is for William Elijah Tuttle # 93215431.
Added by Jennifer Thompson on Nov 01, 2016 11:00 AM
Jennifer Thompson
Find a Grave photos
I am writing a two-volume book on the 8th Indiana. I would like to include photos of the soldiers and their headstones with their biographies. I would like to use some of your photos in the book and will give you credit in the caption for each photo. If you are interested, I can let you know when the book is published. If it is ok to use your photos, could you also give me your first and last name for the captions?
Jennifer Thompson
Added by Jennifer Thompson on Nov 01, 2016 9:20 AM
John Merrill
Re: James Simmons burial
Thanks for pointing this out. I have now seen several burials in the Boonville area that were not where the newspaper said they were and so I need to check more carefully before adding a new memorial. I deleted the Jones Chapel one. Thanks again.
Added by John Merrill on Oct 28, 2016 8:41 PM
RE: Effie Marie Cole
I'm so glad that I could get the photo so quickly for you.
Added by Ann on Oct 25, 2016 9:32 AM
Bob Mann
RE: Heinrich Breckenkamp
It was sent to me by the person who saw it. I contacted the sexton of the cemetery where the stone originally installed to see if it was a missing artifact. The sexton told me that when the last local survivor died, the decedents had an auction at the family farm(they were a well know local family), where this stone was sold. The historic stone had been removed from the cemetery when a replacement one was installed. It ended up in the KY antique store. I checked both state laws and none were broken, apparently it's legal to sell and posses a historic tombstone in KY and MO (not in IN where I am). The sexton did say there was controversy at the time of the auction and he did want the original to be placed on the grave as well as the new one, as sometimes is done. Had it been a military stone, I would have had the VA come pick it up from the store. In this case, it is simply an item for sale in bad taste. that's pretty much as I remember my conversations and I don't know if the stone is still in that store for sale or not.
Added by Bob Mann on Oct 23, 2016 10:12 AM
Tracey Robinson
RE: Alonzo Loane
Thank you! We had fun! That particular cemetery is very historic. It is the first non-Catholic cemetery west of the Mississippi in the Louisiana purchase. There are so many famous people, famous St. Louisians who founded communities in the now metro area! The name-sake of our school district is also buried there. It was a fun day!
Added by Tracey Robinson on Oct 09, 2016 8:53 PM
H Bruce Lammers
RE: Ted Lammers
Hi, Carol. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Ted was the son of Kenny Lammers and Pat (Felten). Ted's grandfather Herman Lammers and my grandfather William Lammers were brothers. My Dad (Wilbur) knew Ted very well and spoke of him often. (Dad was a truck driver for Kenny Lammers' Lammers Elevator in Blackwater. Dad and Ted worked side by side.) Ted died of cancer, brother says. So sad.

Added by H Bruce Lammers on Oct 07, 2016 1:08 PM
Lois Pixley
Aristeen Pixley Hickox
Hello, I just posted a page from our Pixley family genealogy book in Aristeen's Find A Grave Memorial # 160474395. When you get the opportunity, please move it down in the photograph order so that her gravestone is at the top.
Added by Lois Pixley on Oct 01, 2016 9:33 AM
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