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Val Lovelace (#47525955)
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Bio Photo Daughter of Evelynn Grace Beebe Lovelace (Allen) (83822715, Hennessey, OK Cemetery) and Ralph Lovelace (6037350, FT Snelling National Cemetery, MN). My beautiful little sister is here: 84143742. I am very interested in genealogy of Lovelace, Neighbors, Watt (and associated Michigan families), and McCullough, Lynn, Gregory, and Beebe (and associated Oklahoma) families.

I am a veteran (U.S. Navy, Retired), as was my father. I pay respects to all whose markers I photograph, but I have to say there is a soft spot in my heart for those who served. I love finding veteran markers and trying to learn more about those individuals.

My current project is photographing old cemeteries in and around coastal Lincoln County, Maine. When I was researching my mother's family, I found it very helpful to have websites available where people had posted historical information and photos from a variety of sources, and that's how I feel about Find-a-Grave and doing this work.

Maine is a state rich in old history and there are a lot of avid family historians looking to websites like Find-a-Grave to piece together the fabric of who they are and where they have come from. I love walking these cemeteries, photographing and trying to read old stones, and finding bits of historical information, such as shipwrecks and such. I find it so interesting some of the things people have put on the stones of their loved ones.

One of the most poignant so far, from an old slate stone in Evergreen Cemetery, Wiscasset, Maine:

"Erected by parental affection to the memory of Mr. James Whittier, son of Capt. Ebenezer Whittier & Elizabeth his wife, who died April 17th, 1798, of a consumption on a passage to the West Indies, Aged 25. The disease which terminated his existence originated in the death of his fair and betrothed friend who lies interred near this monument. In life they loved, in death they are not divided." (Sadly, the other stone is no more, so I never discovered his "fair and betrothed friend.").

It means a lot for me to contribute to Find-a-Grave so people can learn about their families or conduct research.

I do my best to be as accurate as possible with the records and photographs, following the naming conventions and guidelines of Find-a-Grave. Please contact me if you have questions about the information I've posted. I'm happy to make corrections and additions on anything I've uploaded, and I'm happy to transfer your family members to you, however, PLEASE USE THE "EDIT" BUTTON and "SUGGEST A CORRECTION". I will gladly respond if reached via this method.

Thanks...and...Happy hunting!
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Ancestry Daig
RE: 137287156
You're very welcome. Glad to help cousin. More to come...

Many regards, Ancestry Daig
Added by Ancestry Daig on Oct 19, 2014 2:39 AM
Joyce Gaddis
RE: Togus VA
Will do. I just processed ~480 pictures from Togus. I will go through them and send you an edit.
Added by Joyce Gaddis on Oct 07, 2014 1:22 PM
Joyce Gaddis
Togus VA
Hi Val,

It appears we are kindred spirits of sorts. I too am retired from the US Navy, have an infinity for veteran's grave markers, love the peace and quiet of walking old cemeteries, and enjoy transcribing inscriptions in old and new stones before they wear away and become unreadable - capturing a piece of history before it is lost forever.

I have noticed that the memorials for service members interned at Togus National Cemetery are very scant and incomplete. I will be submitting edit suggestions for each memorial as I go along. I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your service to our country and community as a veteran and volunteer for Find A Grave.
Added by Joyce Gaddis on Sep 22, 2014 4:53 PM
Norman Hugh Hodgdon Jr.
Thank you so much for transferring my grandparents to me; my first! I appreciate the amazing work you do; you have photographed so many of my family members, I so appreciate it. Take care, Terri
Added by terri on Sep 16, 2014 8:08 PM
LeeAnn B
Lovelace / Loveless
You're very welcome, Val. I'll keep you in mind if we come across others in the area. :)
Added by LeeAnn B on Sep 12, 2014 2:11 PM
Thomas Halligan
William Halligan

I recently received an email to update a individual. I did this, but would like to know if you are related to this man?

Do you have Halligan in your Tree


Thomas Halligan Jr
Norton, Vermont

Added by Thomas Halligan on Sep 09, 2014 5:52 PM
Catahoula Hound
RE: 98651999 bio Update
You are welcome.
Added by Catahoula Hound on Sep 08, 2014 7:06 AM
LeeAnn B
RE: Marshall Loveless
Hi Val,

We found one LOVELACE marker at Verona today;
Jeremiah, his wife and daughter. His memorial number is 135580235 and the family is linked.
Feel free to holler if he's connected and you'd like me to transfer the memorial.

Added by LeeAnn B on Sep 07, 2014 10:55 PM
Tim & Grace

Hi Val,

I don't think I want to join the Findagrave Police and spend all my time searching for dupes that other people have made.

I don't download cemetery listings and run special computer programs to add memorials to findagrave. All 10,000+ memorials I have were entered manually by me by hand on the keyboard from research I have done since 1984.

Sometimes I am made aware of duplicates I have made (sometimes the computer "stutters" and make 2 or 3 dupes upon initial creation on bad internet days... like yesterday). Sometimes others let me know about dupes made of mine.

I could waste a whole bunch of time trying to get the duplicate Whales Back Cemetery taken care of, but then someone else could create another duplicate of the same cemetery in a year or so. It is futile. There is no stopping ENTROPY :(

Sincerely, Tim
Added by Tim & Grace on Aug 31, 2014 2:57 AM
Tim & Grace
Whales Back Cemetery AKA Estes Cemetery in Woodstock Maine

Hi Val,

I just became aware of the duplicate Whales back Cemetery in Woodstock, Maine. It is unfortunate that all these old cemeteries in Maine are known by so many different names. This cemetery is also known as Gore Cemetery.

I tried to get findagrave to MERGE Estes Cemetery and Whales Back Cemetery back in 2009, but I guess they never got around to it. I had dozens of cemeteries back then that I tried to get

map links and Aliases added to... but it became a case of "too hard to do" and I finally had to throw up my hands and admit defeat.

So... as far as DUPLICATES go... we probably just have to give up there and admit defeat as well. :(

Sincerely, Tim
Added by Tim & Grace on Aug 30, 2014 9:03 AM
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