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Merf (#47064479)
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I live just blocks from Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, Orange County, FL. It's beautiful, and I'd be happy to take a photo if one is needed. I LOVE going to the cemetery!

I have been actively photographing and documenting the older sections of Greenwood. I am currently going through all their records to make sure we get everyone on findagrave.

I'll gladly transfer management of memorials upon request, no matter what your relation (unless they are my relatives - but I will transfer a relative to a direct descendant if I am not one). I create every memorial with the hope that their family will find them. Every transfer request I receive makes me know its worth it.

Please let me know if you find any errors or I've duplicated a memorial, I'll fix it! It's so important to have dates correct and names properly spelled - but we all make mistakes, and sometimes the markers are very difficult to read.

Feel free to use my photos (with credit to me - Merf works) for your personal genealogical project. My photos are of public places, and of no artistic (I can guarantee that!) merit. I don't believe I "own" a simple snapshot of someone else's grave marker. I volunteer here to SHARE and to make sure memorials are as accurate as possible. HOWEVER, photos of people - such as my relatives that I have posted...I do require permission prior to use or visible credit to me and that they came from findagrave.

My mother and I are researching our family who settled in Lee, Phillips and Monroe County, Arkansas.

In particular, we are desperately searching for parents and siblings of Thomas Trotter Bonner, who settled in Spring Creek, AR. He married Elizabeth Shackelford Bonner in 1834 in Marengo Co., AL.

Current projects:

Assisting my mom and the Annie H. Darracott UDC Chapter out of Lakeland, Polk Co, FL in the documentation of Confederate Veterans.

Completing FAG entries for Greenwood Cemetery using various sources including cemetery records and undertaker records. I'm only concentrating on the lettered, older sections.

Would REALLY appreciate ANY information on Daniel M Bonner (b. 1789), son of Col. Thomas Bonner and Margaret Jones. We think he's the father of our "brick wall" person based on DNA testing.

Family surnames: Allen, Allred, Bonner, Coble, Estes, Gaines, Garrison, Gearhart, Gower, Hale, Harris, Higginbotham, McGee, Mauney/Mooney, Ottertail, Raymer, Redditt, Waldron, Walker, Whitfield
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Christine Thacker
Thanks glad I could help, as one saying goes "Timing is everything" :-)

Link to memorial:

Their suggestion:
It's cool how you added this memorial 2 days ago...because I haven't worked on my funeral home records in 2 days. Today, I decided to do a few and the next record was Infant Anderson. It took a little research, but I found his parents thanks to you! Had I done that record, just two days earlier, I would never have found them!
Added by Christine Thacker on May 19, 2017 3:17 PM
Diane Robinson
RE: Margaret Brooks Dawson
Thank you, I will check with him!
Added by Diane Robinson on May 11, 2017 1:30 PM
Diane Robinson
Margaret Brooks Dawson
Thank you so much for entering the information and pictures for my mother. It is truly appreciated. I do see someone has apparently stolen the granite vase from the Headstone. THAT is very disappointing.
Added by Diane Robinson on May 10, 2017 6:41 PM
Lou Poole
Jewel Weldon McCain
Thank you so much for the correction of Jewel Weldon McCain (Memorial #179155668), second wife of George Franklin McCain (Memorial #152929309). I had not been able to find any death record for her, and I knew that George Franklin McCain had remarried by late 1946, so assumed (I should know better) that Frank and Jewel were divorced.

If you still have a copy of Jewel's death certificate (or record), I would very much like to have a copy for my records. My email address is listed in my contributor page.

Thank you again.
Added by Lou Poole on May 08, 2017 5:12 PM
Gina Wallace
Cypert Cemetery
I see you have several photo requests for Cypert. Not sure how long it will take me, but I will try to fulfill those requests for you. I've been meaning to go there anyway to take photos for myself. Some of my relatives were buried there.
Added by Gina Wallace on May 06, 2017 8:33 PM
Gina Wallace
Hackler Cemetery
This cemetery is not easy to find. A lot of the stones are missing. Several of them are hard to make out. Very neglected, I'm sad to say. I could not locate some of the stones that I was looking for. I did try to photograph as many as I could. The sun's angle at the time I was there made it hard to see some of the stones. Most of them need to be cleaned. Tomorrow I will try to take the photos and match them up to the cemetery records I have and hopefully get more of them uploaded. There are several listed on the cemetery records that do not have memorials on Find A Grave. I will try to get them added in case anyone else is searching for these names. For the photos of headstones that are not legible, I will try to return this fall if possible and try again. Maybe get some of them cleaned before taking photos. Are there any names in particular you are looking for?
Added by Gina Wallace on May 06, 2017 8:24 PM
Rita Zipfel
RE: Mary Hauenstein Shaum
Thank you for correcting my photo, I did have the wrong picture up.

Added by Rita Zipfel on May 05, 2017 12:03 PM
William Morgan
P.S. Looks like we have a couple of matching surnames in our family trees: BONNER & GAINES. My email address is if you want to compare notes.
Added by William Morgan on Apr 25, 2017 2:41 PM
William Morgan
It was nice to meet you in person Sunday at the cemetery! I have a working draft started, currently dropping-in census data for each entry. When I get that done, I'd like to have you look at it maybe add in Carey Hand info. Also helpful just to have as 2nd set of eyes check for misspelling, etc. THANK YOU for all you do to preserve our local history!
Added by William Morgan on Apr 25, 2017 2:39 PM
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1, 2 (unless they extended it to the newer area by the fence), 5, 6, both 7s and 8s, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20-2. The only new ones I've gone back and done are in 1 and nearby 7. I did about half of 20-4 some time ago when it was quite empty, so what's there is kinda all mixed up, not row by row. I did quite a few in 20-3 a while back too.

I'm concentrating on Highland Memory Gardens now (My folks are buried there and I visit about once a month). :)

Added by Elizabeth on Apr 24, 2017 10:51 AM
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