I have been interested in genealogy since I did an 8th grade project on my family tree about 30 years ago. I have been a part of Find A Grave since 2012, doing what I can to help others who are also working on their genealogy and/or honoring their family members through on-line memorials. I can take pictures of tombstones in the area of Cooper and Moniteau counties in Missouri.
RE: Picture on Jerline Barker memorial My mother, Elizabeth Josephine Ackerman, 88 went to school with your mother, may I send you a copy of the entire photo by email, and you can tell me which one is your mother? Maybe her memory is bad, OR I copied the wrong person, I do apologize! firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Tubbs I'm looking for the burial place of Catherine(Zimmer) Tubbs. Born Apr 19, 1790 and died Oct 21, 1855. All I know is she was buried in an abandoned cemetery in Algonquin, Il.. Her stone was removed by Abrahm & Howard Tubbs in 1913 and brought to their farm in Whitewater, Wi. Do you know of any abandoned cemeteries in Algonquin? Ryan
I did check the Illinois Death Certificates database (http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp) but there are no entries for these people.
In general, I would tend to believe the dates on grave markers over obituaries or indexes of obituaries, as the markers are "written in stone." The markers must have been seen by survivors and any errors, I'd think, would have been corrected. I know personally that nowadays, markers are made from "proofs" that are approved by the purchaser prior to production.
With obituaries, one person writes them, and maybe the same person relays that obit to an editor at a newspaper, who relays the info to a typesetter. There's plenty of room for error. And in the case of this index, you add another person transcribing what they've seen in a newspaper to the index, and now another person transcribing it to computer formats. More room for error.