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Zim (#47821831)
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Bio Photo I enjoy family history and when I discovered Find a Grave I was quite thrilled. Unfortunately none of my relatives were posted.

My mission was to get my relatives posted and while I was at it I posted the people around my relatives. I keep expanding the circle hoping the effort will help someone.

If you see your relative I would be happy to transfer management to you(except for my immediate family). Please don't assume that they are my family if they are linked to spouses or children. If I am sure they are related I link them.

I am not fussy about copyrights to my pictures posted on find a grave. Please feel free to copy them.
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RE: Oakland Cemetery
Eeeek, I hope they bring it back. Will you kindly let me know if they do please?

Hope your having a nice day. Today was a great day for going out and taking photos. I wish I had the day off. I got to go yesterday but not sure how many days it will be cool.

Talk to you soon.

Added by Albertico on Jul 30, 2014 6:18 PM
Oakland Cemetery
Wait, there was an Oakland section here on Finda and they removed it completely? I just read that on Carolyn's page. Why did they remove it? They should have left it. :(
Added by Albertico on Jul 29, 2014 5:23 PM
RE: Louise Bramscher
P.S. Yes I like to take photos, I guess you can tell, lol. I've been taking photos for 25+ years. I forgot to answer this question, lol.
Added by Albertico on Jul 29, 2014 5:22 PM
RE: Louise Bramscher
~~~~Hi Janet!

I went looking through further in the Oakland section and still could not locate those Sollbergers. I want to look again more carefully, again, so many interesting looking markers that I would stop then keep on then forget what I was looking for, lol. I also ventured into the Forest Hill section to try and find the 2 of the photo requests but did not have any luck thus far. I spent 2 hours looking and came up with nada however, I found some other interesting markers in Forest Hill and the Duquesne section. Some that are so lonesome looking. I thought I'd visit them since who knows when someone went to visit them. Do you ever do that?

You know, carrying a brush is a great idea. I was going to do that but it seems every time I'm up there, the grounds people are around or the police are going through or something, lol. So I try and keep it to a minimum, using only my hands to clean off the markers. I did manage to make it to the Oakland section there after, lol. I missed a few buses and went back a second time but then had to go. I was looking for a friend's grandparents in the Garden Of Peace section. So far, nada.

There is so much to explore there and I wish there were more hours in a day. I usually spend 3 hours but today I was there for 4.5 hours, ugggh. I was tired. Hills, hills and more hills along with the kneeling down, getting up leaning over here, leaning over there, lol. It's exhausting after a while. I brought something to drink and I also bring water just in case I need to clean off my hands (in addition to paper towels, tissues, etc). I come almost well prepared.

Someone was visiting their relative in the Duquesne section and had the music blasting. It was interesting to hear, lol. Such a contrast to what one is seeing, the visual and auditory parts don't quite match, lol.

At any rate, sorry I didn't reply sooner, had major allergies yesterday and I posted a few but called it a night kinda early.

In regards to the Albert markers, I'll look and see. Thus far I like the Carfist one so far. I haven't looked at the others yet. I was trying to yesterday but wasn't feeling to well.

It's always a pleasure talking with you.

I will try and save the spreadsheet the way you say next time. I think it may take me the same amount of time to enter all the information, however, I wasn't timing it too well maybe. Maybe it does save a little time.


Added by Albertico on Jul 29, 2014 5:03 PM
RE: Louise Bramscher
P.S. I posted my photo on the Johann Sollberger memorial and deleted the memorial I created with the name "John." Thought you'd want to know.
Added by Albertico on Jul 27, 2014 11:14 PM
RE: Louise Bramscher
Hi Janet,

I left virtual flowers on your relative's memorials. I appreciate you sharing the memorial numbers with me. It was my pleasure to do that for you.

I guess that is why Mount Royal has a special place I imagine. Mount Royal IS a special place. It's serene and when I'm there, I lose track of time looking at the all the markers. I love looking for ones that I have never seen before and love seeing familiar ones, too. :)

I tried to submit a spreadsheet but for the life of me, it didn't work for me. Said it was the wrong format. :( I tried different ways of saving the information and it didn't work. I entered about 30 onto the spread sheet and it took me a little while to enter them.

Maybe I'll fiddle with it a bit more but until then I guess I'll go back to the other method that I'm most familiar with for the time being. it's no bother though. It is time consuming but it's worth it in the end. Perhaps I'll try that spreadsheet again. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me. I tried saving it in different formats as it requests xls or csv formats. There are too many options to save this info and I tried about 10 different ways of saving the information but still nada, lol.

I see that you posted some Albert's. You are so generous and kind to make that offer. Should I pick and choose the Different Albert's? Or how will you do this? I see you saw my interest in the name. It was something different to do. A different kind of Virtual Cemetery I guess. This makes me want to start others for different names.

That Lind/Luecht Monument is beautiful It's on the other side of the Oakland section which I have not ventured onto that side yet. I tend to spend too much time in an area, lol. Usually, it's on the markers that are buried and covered with debris, I spend some time on those to try and reveal them a little more so that when the grounds keeper comes by he will perhaps have mercy and start cleaning up the excess grass that covers some of these flat markers.

Some of the flat markers are covered and I don't want to overstep my boundaries by digging the grass up. I don't have any tools anyway. I generally use my hands and I tell you, it's actually therapeutic. I do take a bit of a break. I purchased a cushiony board that I can kneel on so that my knees are kept from getting grass stains. I remember as a kid, getting those grass stains and how hard it was to get them off, lol. But all in all it's for a good cause.

Speaking of markers sinking, in the Northland section there are quite a few that are sinking and have tipped over and it's so sad to see. It makes me sad seeing this and not sure what the procedure is or what the protocol is. Will they ever try and put those back in place or will they just leave them face down? Is someone suppose to tell them about these? I know these will weigh a lot and I'm not sure if I would be allowed but again, I didn't want to over step any boundaries. When I start to notice a marker that looks like it's shifting, I will photograph them to assure that a photo is taken while it's in it's upright position.

I found one that was face down but one can still see the information. I took a pic of it and haven't posted it yet. I should do that so that you can see what I am referring to.

Furthermore, in regards to the sinking bit, I guess weathering has a lot to do with it and personally, maybe the machinery that mows the law might have something to do with it, too during the warm seasons. Cutting those corners and hitting the monuments, causing them to shift and fall. I look at the corners and I can kinda see evidence of this but once again don't want to cross any boundaries.

I have enjoyed speaking with you as well. It's a nice change of pace as I am not competing here with anybody and I just want to enjoy this hobby with other like minded persons. Thank you for being so kind to me. I have enjoyed our conversations, too.

I will be adding more memorials I hope. I will re-add via pc the ones that I was trying to do via the spreadsheet. I'll fiddle with that later.

Have a nice evening. Cheers!

Added by Albertico on Jul 27, 2014 9:50 PM
RE: Louise Bramscher
Hi Janet!

Americanized, I see what you mean. I've quite a few variations of a name and makes sense how they all get mixed up like they do. Luckily though we can figure that out on our own but still one can't really connect them without being sure, right?

25 Sollbergers, wow, hope we can find all that we can for them. I know there are some in the Northland section. If I come across any others while at Mt Royal, I will surely make sure to report that right away by posting them along with images and I'll let you know as well so that you can pass along the information, too. :)

I'll have to look at that one you mentioned that might be a dup. Ah, I see, there's is listed as Johann and perhaps that is how I missed it. It has to be the same one. The only marker that was there was a military marker, a WWI marker. Did you see the photo that I took of it?

I'll have to message that person and ask them politely to change the name to match the marker and I'll post the picture on their memorial since they created the memorial first (by 6 days as a matter of fact, lol). Then I'll delete the one I created. It's only fair since they created it first. :)

I like how you know all the numbers. I'm new at this and I don't claim to know a lot about anything however, I do enjoy learning and I'm glad you have been kind enough to share what you know with you. That is very nice of you.

I was amazed at that story about how the Oakland section came about being at Mt Royal. Interesting bit of history there and I know there are a lot of people that don't know this bit of information. It enriches all our lives. Those numbers you mentioned, those are a lot of markers. It saddens me though that some are buried underneath grass. I've cleaned off (pulling away debris such as grass, dirt, etc, very carefully of course to show the name of the person).

I wonder why the grounds keepers don't do more of this but then again, with all those markers, I guess it's impossible. We can do our best, safely, to clean up a little (pulling away the grass away from the name) but it takes time. I find myself doing that more as in the beginning when I was taking photographs of these markers, I didn't do that. I find it that it looks nicer and seeing the information on the marker I find is important. I have a list that I want to retake mainly because there is debris in the way, the sunlight isn't right, etc.

Lind/Luecht, If I see any of those, I'll post those as well immediately and share the information that I have. Anything to help y'all. I've been in the "singles" section only once earlier in the year. I posted what I have on that section however thinking about it, I might have been more in the Duquesne section if anything.

Enjoy checking out the Northland section. I spent a little time there and there are still some that are perhaps not entered. Your Great Grandparent! What are there names? I'll gladly stop by and leave flowers or something.

Lol, yes, together I hope we can solve this Sollberger mystery. I am truly enjoying this joint venture that we have to help fill in the gaps. If I find anything, I'll surely share it with y'all. It's really nice working with you, too. Cheers Janet!!

Added by Albertico on Jul 27, 2014 10:01 AM
RE: Louise Bramscher
Hi Janet!! How are you?

It's okay, thank you for fixing it. No probs.

I have taken pictures of these memorials. I'm entering them as I take them and will be adding the photos shortly. In the interim, you can add your photos if you want. I don't mind at all. :)

Yes, I was looking for those Sollberger markers in the Oakland Section but I have not located them either yet. I hope they are still there so that one of us or both of us can fulfill the photo requests. Are there records that would show that Sollbergers are buried in the Oakland section?

I do have photos of the Sollberger markers but those were taken in Northland section (either in 4, 5 or 6 = I think were these 3 numbers meet). Those are not sunken into the ground. Maybe the Sollberger markers in Oakland section are some place we have not explored yet. In an area that maybe isn't the Oakland section? Maybe in neighboring sections? Maybe in the Oakland Singles? I'm not sure. Maybe they are well hidden, lol.

I tell you, in that Oakland section, it's easy to get distracted by markers that are so interesting looking. Then I forget what I was originally looking for and what I had already taken, lol. I usually have to review my camera to see where I left off. There are some exciting looking markers there. Those are quite interesting to me. What about you?

I appreciate your work, too. I like meeting nice people like yourself who are willing to work together for a cause.

Cheers and let's keep up the great work. :)

Added by Albertico on Jul 25, 2014 10:07 PM
Louise Bramscher
I saw the change you requested for this one. I have an "E." as a middle initial with a period. I always add those periods with a middle initial. You requested to have it changed to an "E" without a period. I have accepted all other edit requests except that one. Would you be so kind as to remove the request for an edit for this memorial? Please. Thank you again for all the help. We're making some good progress. I like the photos that you've taken. Hope all is well with you. Cheers!
Added by Albertico on Jul 24, 2014 10:09 PM
RE: 132675942 Stephen Jackson
Thank you for the wonderful information. We're making some good progress, lol.
Added by Albertico on Jul 24, 2014 8:33 PM
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