I'm a collector of many hobbies including hiking, genealogy, geocaching, knitting, babywearing, home production of everyday items, gardening, and outdoor survival. Due to my tendency to shift hobby focus often, I may take long breaks from graving, but I always respond to messages. Do you think we might have a cousin in common? Let me know!
The surnames I am most interested in are: Acker, Bird, Bradley, Brenner, Burnett, Campbell, Carter, Casstevens, Crisp, Crowder, Fix, Geibel, Gray, Hellinger, Henry, Hess, Humble, Ingerton, Jewett, Jones, Kempf, Kley, Kremer, Loerwald, Massey, Matthews, Moran, Myers, Oaks, Oberhaussen, Otto, Paetzold, Passmore, Pick, Reagor, Reidel, Sargent, Schlosser, Schmitz, Scott, Steinmetz, Tanklersley, Tidwell, Troxel, Walter, Walterscheid, Wheatley, Wiggins, and Zehl.
I live far from any of the places where my family was buried, so I generally am not related to any of the memorials that I have created (the exception is Holy Family Cemetery in Nazareth, TX). Since these are not my own family, I cannot answer any genealogical questions, especially for cemeteries in Iowa and Colorado. I have transferred all memorials I created that are not family to Find a Grave for management. If you want any of these memorials transferred to you, then I suggest contacting Find a Grave.
A note about my photos: While I respect the decision by others to copyright their volunteer photos and restrict the distribution of their work, I do not copyright my pictures. Any photos that I submit of headstones are free for anyone to use. You may upload them to any webpage you wish, paid or otherwise. You may also publish them freely on your webpages and family history books. You may credit me if you wish (send me a message for my real name), but it is unnecessary. My primary reason for this is that I am mainly taking pictures of headstones of people who are not in my family. I do this as a gift to those who cannot travel to visit these headstones in person. Second, I am not a professional photographer; I am not even a good photographer. Despite the shortcomings of my work, I am submitting these photos online because I feel that a bad photo is better than no photo at all. Also many of the headstones are getting so weathered that I very well may be the last person to be able to read the text. On that subject, I will not be offended if you wish to replace any of my photos with a better one.
PLEASE don't use shaving cream on markers! Here is why: http://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/shaving-creamgenealogists-friend-or-cemetery-conservators-foe/ and read this: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/soc.genealogy.methods/5o2g8JjWQrA/g9dSXw_-3eIJ
RE: Turrentine I am so glad you were able to do that. When I photographed it, I had no clue that it had no name on it and got home with it and started to put it on Find A Grave and could not see a name on it and went back to the cemetery to look at it again and there just was not one single name on it. I wonder if there was maybe a plaque or metal attachment that became lost over the years. I do know the Turrentine family here in town and in fact Carol Hale's mother is Johnnie Turrentine. I am so glad you took the time to research it. I made the decision to go ahead and put it on anyway after much thought and glad I did now. I thought maybe, just maybe someone would come along and add to it.
Turrentine I was wondering how you figured out the names on this headstone. I have never run into a situation like this before where there were no names except for the last name on the stone. This one really stumped me. I am glad I went ahead and added it as is though as I hoped someone would know their names. Are you a relative?
RE: Picture for Martha Smith You are very welcome. Sorry it wasn't your relative's mother. Smith is a challenging name to try to locate. Was out by the cemetery this morning and thought I would stop by and take the photos for you.
RE: Nylund photos I would be happy to help. The weather has improved and I have been able to get out and get photos. Crescent Grove is very near by and I know the staff there well and am familiar with the cemetery so it is easy to take photos there.
RE: Transfers THANKS for the transfers of my Gerber & more relative Memorials! Of course, I see them as "ours" now, as I do everyone I get a "transfer for maintaining" on! I know what you mean..I have taken so many photos of headstones in Holy Family Cem. over the years, while Mom was living, but just never got them entered. Then someone made the Memorial pages & I knew it had to be done, or all of that work for nothing! So I went there over Labor Day weekend & spent 7 hrs. Monday in 100 degree weather cleaning & taking photos of what I didn't have. (There was enough shade & water, for breaks!) I'd marked my cemetery book & north-south plot pages with little green dots, to only take what I didn't have. As I finished up the north side, I looked for my book & south plots page & it had vanished. I can only assume someone came to visit while I ran to the store & picked it up...so I had to take one of every headstone on the south side. Having done that yourself, I'm sure you know what I mean! I'll be working on getting those edited & entered for you over the next week!