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Larry (#47255152)
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Spring has sprung.
The grass has rizz.
I wonder how my cemetery is!

Flowers shout for joy in the spring. Birds trumpet their mating calls and mark their territories. Days get long and stars shine bright. Spring is certainly a heavenly delight!

From Janet Flanner "Paris Was Yesterday" comes this quote.
"Memories are the specific invisible remains in our lives of what belongs in the past tense."

Another good read is the book "Spoon River Anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters. It is an anthology of those buried in the cemetery on the hill. All, yes all, are sleeping on the hill!

Memorial Day weekend is coming. Time to remember all those brave American's that gave their lives so that we can be who we are today.

It was a long winter in the Tundra Land called Minnesotah. Cemeteries were frozen over, snow-blocked, and crusty with ice. When you die in the North Country, your body might wait until spring before the ceremony begins! (Ever see them Swedes dig a grave using an ice auger?)

Over seven years ago I came upon Find A Grave. What a life saver Find A Grave was. I had just retired and discovered the golden years were challenging. Three things are required for a happy and satisfying walk into the sunset. They are: 1. Friends & Family 2. Outside interest, aka hobbies, sports, etc. 3. Plenty of moola, aka money. The combination of all three add up to good prospects for your senior years. Of course good health is most important of all.

I ended up with 1 out of 4 of the above. You can guess which one. That is where Find A Grave saved my life! I established over 50,000 memorials in two years. Since then I have slowed down as I ran out of listings. So many cremations have outdated traditional burials. In my area they figure well over half of all deaths result in cremation, thus no burial and headstone. Some how I feel future generations are being cheated. After all, cemeteries and tombstones are for survivors.

In seven plus years of membership in this unique club, I have noticed the following:

1. The words Please & Thank You are becoming rarer. Often there is no gratitude shown for my volunteering to travel to distant places to record and photograph where the loved one lay. When I volunteer and someone says "good job" I feel warm & happy. When I volunteer and do my good deeds and feel not appreciated, I feel cold, clammy, and unappreciated.

2. As a volunteer, I am unrelated to almost everyone. Since they have added the "Edit Button", I have been thrust into the position of trusting others that wish to add to the edit section. I assume they know more than I do about the memorials. Thus, I approve them. Later I find out the material is incorrect and in need of further editing. Thus, who do I believe?

3. Duplicates are a menace to society as illustrated in Find A Grave. They are like pesky mosquitoes that won't leave a person alone. One person duplicated over 3,000 of my memorials on purpose. Now, how fair is that to be credited for being buried twice? Once should do it!

General observations from me, yes I, the Great One of FAG are below.

Be generous with praise and short on criticism. Remember this is a volunteer outfit.

Duplicators will be defeated like good vs evil.

When taking photo's, take more than one picture. One closeup that can be easily read, and, another of the general location so another can use a landmark for guidance. (Like beside this flag pole.)

All editing should require a truth test for accuracy. Like sworn oaths, pledges, and swearing in ceremonies.

Show humility in all you do because some day a volunteer will be adding your memorial. Treat them as you would like to be treated. (Don't act like Darth Vader.)

Buried an unloved one means never having to say you are sorry! (Thanks Al Gore.)

Thus, I go to cemeteries because they won't come to me. This hobby is great as it requires no parking fees, very little expenses, no uniforms or special dress, and few people to offend and/or insult along the way. We are happy solitary souls doing good!

Now, may the Good Lord Bless & Keep You, now and forever more.........

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Alice Leet Lam
Lucy B. Thompson @ Richland Cemetery
Thank you so much for the quick transfer of Lucy's memorial to me. I have added much information - take a look if you are interested.
Find A Grave Memorial# 76742497

How do you want to handle changes to the other 28 memorials for descendants of Lucy you created? Do you want me to send ~100-130 changes via "edit tab" OR do you want me to request transfer of those 28 memorials?

Added by Alice Leet Lam on May 25, 2017 12:58 PM
Evie (Greer) Schipper
Have a good Memorial weekend.
If you use Facebook, it's under, 'Find A Grave Web Beta User Group'. Someone there just pointed out that one of the post is dated Nov 2014. They've been working on this for a long time.

Added by Evie (Greer) Schipper on May 25, 2017 11:35 AM
Evie (Greer) Schipper
I have to tell you this, I've been excepted in, '
Find A Grave Web Beta User Group'. Apparently they are working on a completely new site that already has ALL our memorials with all our information. They just want us to help work out the bugs.

Added by Evie (Greer) Schipper on May 25, 2017 9:53 AM
Alice Leet Lam
Lucy B. Thompson @ Richland Cemetery
First let me say that I am very grateful for all the many hours of work you have done on Find A Grave as a contributor. I was especially delighted to find the memorial you created for my great-great grandmother, Lucy B. Thompson -- Find A Grave Memorial# 76742497. I am sending you a personal message through her edit tab.
Added by Alice Leet Lam on May 25, 2017 6:19 AM
Barbara McCully
RE: Southwest Iowa Connections
I'm about an hour drive from Corning! I worked in Creston for 25 years. Live right on the Mo/IA line SW of Mt. Ayr. I was actually raised in MO 6 miles from where I live now. What a small world!
Added by Barbara McCully on May 24, 2017 3:54 AM
Ingemann Danish Lutheran Cem
Thank you for your memorials. They helped me finish filling some blanks on my family tree. Happy Hunting,
Added by nillarita on May 23, 2017 6:40 PM
Chuck Johnson
A sincere thank you for everything.
Hello Larry,

A sincere thank you for everything and updating the data for Johan Gottfried "Fred" Swanson/Svenson #70669308. You are what makes Find a Grave great with all of your contributions! I have looked at your photo requests, as I always do for contributors, and unfortunately there not close to me in Racine, WI.

For Fred Swanson, I am not related and just responded to a photo request from someone in Sweden. I travel to Grand Marais, MN a couple times a year and like yourself, just want to help others.

A sincere thank you,

Added by Chuck Johnson on May 23, 2017 1:30 PM
Cathy W.
Thank you for being generous.
I just wanted to say Thank You for your service to others here on Find A Grave. You are much appreciated. I have never asked for a transfer, edit, or sent you a photo request, but I did read your bio and see that you are retiring. I felt what you wrote was spot on. Thank you again,
Cathy ( in Nebraska)
Added by Cathy W. on May 22, 2017 11:13 PM
Sue Downhill
Your Bio!
Hey Larry, here by way of your friend Beth's page... first of all, love your sense of humor!
Second... your comments on -
(1) Please and thank you... spot on!!
(2) Stolen Creations... my pics and/or bios are stolen yes, and not even a word of thanks! UPloaded to uh-hem, ancestry as if they were their own!! I sorta get even by posting a "Comment" that the bio or photo was uploaded by... (me) on (date) to #___. The responses I get from the "Comment" on the stolen info is generally from a person who unknowingly saved a copy of the stolen pic or bio!!! go figure!
The real irony is that they don't even have the courtesy to leave a flower!
(4) Cremations... National Cemeteries have cremation burial & columbarium's I've done one in our area posted a pic of the vault and one of the whole columbarium.
(5) Photos... close up & distant... agree 100%
Okay! already! don't want to wear you out!!!
Just keep on keepin' on!
I, for one, appreciate everyone who posts anything to Find A Grave!
Added by Sue Downhill on May 21, 2017 12:55 PM
Brian Yerka

Thanks for your reply to my message. I really don't know much about Lackawanna County. I have only been there as a teen. My wife and I plan to take some family history vacations after I retire and Dickson City is high on our list.

We currently live in Fridley where I work at the Cummins Power Generation plant. I plan to retire at the end of April 2021 so I am now under 4 years and counting. We plan to return to Meeker County then.

As I stated, I am fully documenting Lake Ripley cemetery in Litchfield. I am putting the finishing touches on Div. 1, Sect. 1, last minute photos to reconcile and checking to be sure I haven't missed someone. We plan to go to Litchfield for Memorial day services at the cemetery and do a final sweep of the section to be sure I haven't missed anything before calling it done. Then on to section 2. My wife and I have already photographed that section, then I will reconcile the plot map the city gave me and post a Find A Grave on everyone in that section, just as I have done for section 1.

If you go to Litchfield Cemetery, you can poke around the interments and see what I have done.

Take care and keep in touch.

Brian Yerka
Added by Brian Yerka on May 21, 2017 11:54 AM
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