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Anna (#47477171)
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Bio Photo Genealogy has become my newest addiction!

THANK YOU to those of you that I've encountered on findagrave that have been so friendly, helpful, kind, and appreciative. You make all the "bad" seem less significant.

Taphophilia = an abnormal love for graves and cemeteries. The love of walking cemeteries and finding lost relatives and the gravesites of ancestors.


Find a Grave does not require that I search the entire Find a Grave system globally, only the individual cemeteries in which I am adding to. Please do not move your Burial Unknown or a person from an incorrect cemetery into the correct cemetery based on the information you found from my memorial & then demand that I delete my "duplicate". It is not fair that I spend my time, my gas, my $, hunt down owners of the properties, bee stings, ticks, poison ivy, and even risk to my life (bull in the pasture, scary men, and electrified fence-no snakes so far) to photo gravestones only later to find that an armchair F-A-Ger has placed a name in either an incorrect cemetery or has a burial unknown, finds I have actually found-the-grave, moves theirs to the correct cemetery and then expects me to delete my entry. I WILL TRANSFER my submissions after the incorrect entry is deleted. This way we both get credit and the person who makes the incorrect entry still has a memorial they maintain. I feel this is more than fair.

THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FINDAGRAVE RULES!!! I refer you to Find A Grave rules: "In regard to duplicates, a memorial with a correct known burial location will always be preferred over an unknown burial location". (quoted from another find-a-graver)

In general, Findagrave does not encourage adding memorials for individuals who are still living. We do realize, however, that when transcribing a cemetery, it is not always possible to determine if the person is living or not. Given these exceptions, a memorial created after death will be preferred over a pre-need memorial.


I would prefer that birth/death/marriage certificates not be posted to the memorials I have created. I prefer the space be made available for photos of the person since most of these documents are easily found online and can be transcribed to the bio area of the memorial.

These records, especially Death records, can contain private and sensitive information that family members may not want shared.

The addition is even less helpful if an edit request is not sent to have the pertinent information added to the memorial. Thanks for your cooperation!!

Please do not put photos of newspaper obits on the memorials. These take up limited spaces in the photo allotment. If you have an obit then please type it up and submit it through the edit option and I would be happy to add it to the bio section as long as the name of the newspaper and date of publication are included.


If you've never taken a few moments to spend time in the cemetery...You're really missing out. The peace and tranquility you find in them. Those that have gone before many times have left a final message on their tombstones. These messages are an inspiration and make me feel humbled and blessed! Go ahead...take the time...walk your local cemetery and read their messages and see how they reach out and touch you! You'll be glad you did! (quoted from another find-a-graver)


We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.


"When I go to a cemetery, I don't just see tombstones. I see families there. I see history there. I see much more than just a stone..."
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Shane Bellville
Jane L Smith Farnsworth
This is my grandmothers name you added her when she passed away her date of birth was 7/13/1946 date of her passing was 5/3/2016 and her parents were Herman L Smith and Pearl O Moore Smith they are buried in St Marys LOOF cemetery if you would like to add them to make granny's record more accurate thank you
Shane Bellville
Added by Shane Bellville on May 28, 2016 9:56 PM
Sophia Jones
Thank you so much for the picture - I really appreciate it.
Added by ernie on May 28, 2016 6:21 PM
RE: Beulah Eileen Benson Whetsell
I'm glad I could do this for you!
Added by Penny on May 24, 2016 2:44 PM
Lisa Carper-Stott
RE: Chambers photos
You are very welcome!!
Added by Lisa Carper-Stott on May 20, 2016 11:40 AM
Jeffrey Gibson
I suggest you correct the spelling of Steve Board's name to Stephen D. Board. Otherwise his name "cannot be found". He was a classmate of mine and lifelong friend until he was killed while fighting in the Viet Nam war.
Added by Jeffrey Gibson on May 08, 2016 9:03 AM
Dianna Hodges
Richard & Susan Morris
My great-great-great grandparents are Richard (Memorial #74634488) & Susan (Memorial #74634566) Morris. I see that you took a picture of their graves. They are buried in Morris Cemetery, Baxter, Marion County, West Virginia.

In early October I will be in West Virginia and would like to see their graves in person. I'd like to know the exact location of this cemetery, and who I need to contact for permission to visit this cemetery.

Any assistance you can provide will be appreciated very much.

Dianna Hodges
Added by Dianna Hodges on Apr 30, 2016 7:08 PM
Jason Stephens
Kinda Cowger/William Keener
Hi Anna,

My name is Jason Stephens. I've been research my genealogy for a while now and have been going through the find a grave database. How are you related to Linda Cowger? Her brother William "Bill" keener is my grandfather, my moms dad. I'd like to open a dialogue with you on the keener side of the family of that's okay. My email is

Much appreciated,
Jason Stephens
Added by Jason Stephens on Apr 30, 2016 8:09 AM
Jerry Edman
Hi Anna, Thank you for your kind remarks and transferring my brother's memorial to me.
Added by Oaktree on Apr 29, 2016 6:42 PM
Resa Inman
Date of Death-Sarah Murdock Bryan
Hi Anna,

I was researching the Bryan name and found your great information. I have one question - Sarah Murdock Bryan #119468191 is listed with a date of death of 3 Feb 1871 but her baby is listed as being born and dying on 20 Oct 1871. This is Mary Ann, #119468185. It seems likely Sarah probably died in childbirth, which was common. Could you check the dates and make sure they are correct. Either Sarah is not Mary Ann's mother or one or both of the dates is incorrect.

Thanks for all your hard work - I am also a contributor. Not to the extent you are, but I try to do what I can. I know it's hard work and those who don't do this, don't really understand how much work goes into these records.

Thanks again - Resa
Added by Resa Inman on Apr 26, 2016 10:16 PM
RE: Coler Cem. photos
Your welcome Anna. I have taken photographs of every grave site in Coler Cemetery that I could read. There were many that are badly damaged or simply no longer exist.
Added by Pat on Apr 26, 2016 9:27 PM
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