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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)

I check the cemetery before adding, I do not always check for unknown burials, but if I do find a Burial Unknown or incorrect cemetery entry, I will have admin merge it into my correctly added memorial.

Also, if you move your BU and tell me I have created a duplicate, just know that I will have admin check the history of the memorial to make sure it was not changed or moved before I delete mine.

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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George Emerick
I want to thank you for your memorial of Ron Emerick. We both attended the same church here in Wheeling. At 92 he never missed a Sunday. He was so active, I was amazed he got around so well. He will be truly missed by the all of us at church. Thanks again.
Added by Winmar on Jan 09, 2017 3:12 AM
Bill Coon
Man Anna you really saved me on this one.I don't know where my mind was. Thank you again! Bill
Added by Bill Coon on Jan 08, 2017 2:32 PM
Bill Coon
Thank you Anna for the correction. Not sure how I did that, but you saved me. I had a memorial a year or so ago that the obit from the funeral home, put the person in the wrong cemetery, so I guess I am not alone. Thanks again for the backup.
Added by Bill Coon on Jan 07, 2017 11:02 AM
cynthia mullens
Thanks for obit for....
Leonidas Christos H. Drakopoulos interred at Bridgeport. Very interesting!

Added by cynthia mullens on Jan 02, 2017 8:06 PM
Scott E Dunfee
Chester Mayle
Thanks for the heads up on Chester, the death certificate said Flemming for burial. I sent some edits on your Chester grave memorial for the relatives I had on mine so I don't lose the relatives and dates. Thanks!
Added by Scott E Dunfee on Dec 27, 2016 9:02 PM
cynthia mullens
RE: LCpl William Lee Carr, Jr photo
I do like my little road trips and walking these cemeteries. East Oak Grove, Bridgeport, and Mt. Vernon are favorites, but I make a few trips to Elkins every year, too.

I am writing biographies of WV veterans who died during war years for the WV Division of Culture and History, and so sometimes the pursuit of your photo requests inspire a biography, either through location, clues on the headstones, and the photos. I have written a couple of Vietnam War era bios, but have written more about WW2, and a couple of WW1 bios. Next year, the list I've made up for myself include bios for WV veterans who died during war years and are buried or have cenotaphs in East Oak Grove, mostly, but will likely add some of the ones whose headstones I photographed at Mount Vernon this time. I wrote bios for 3 of the Mt. Vernon veterans last year. Sadly, there are always more. Of course, I carry the whole request list for any cemetery that I walk with me and photograph all that I find, but yours are always of particular interest. Thanks for all of the quests this year. Cindy

Added by cynthia mullens on Dec 23, 2016 8:06 PM
P Carter
Thanks for the to her family search!
Sincerely, P Carter
Added by P Carter on Dec 20, 2016 7:34 PM
P Carter
I LOVE this little poem/prose! Did you write it? I too have been drawn to trace my family and that of my husband's.

On my husband's tree, I found "Samuel Hillman Jewett," who is one of your subject's wife:
Elizabeth Ann Blackburn Jewett,
Created by: Anna
Record added: Apr 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88724536

I was wondering, where did you find the information (Vitals, etc) for Elizabeth?

Do you have a photo of her or of her stone/marker?

Thanks for your time,
P Carter
(Spouse of one of the Descendants of Isaac P. Carter/Samuel Hillman Carter, I...and several generations following)
Added by P Carter on Dec 19, 2016 11:26 AM
RE: photo requests for me (3)
You're very welcome. Glad to be able to help.
Added by RickC on Dec 18, 2016 12:42 PM
David Ice
RE: R. Corwin obit.
you welcome
Added by David Ice on Dec 18, 2016 11:59 AM
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