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pkarchs (#47286217)
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Bio Photo New York, New York

Fame aside, this website's raison d'etre is to make findable those once memorialized and later lost or forgotten - or prevent them from becoming so. Applying this rationale to my extended family, most memorials added/managed are related directly or a few degrees removed. The vast majority I've researched, discovered, visited, documented, linked since 1994. Unless part of current research, I'll transfer a memorial to anyone more closely related than I am, regardless of generation. If I've posted a photo of interest, use it, giving credit when practical and appropriate.

The most meaningful memorials on Find-A-Grave are created then enhanced by many interested and dedicated volunteers working together. Regardless of generation, put the memorial in the hands of the knowledgeable - typically a direct relation with vested interest or a local enthusiast with invaluable insights. The "Family First policy of Four Generations" has become a failed excuse for the well-known few to maintain control and rack up unattended "numbers" at the expense of expanding useful information for the majority and posterity. I'm related to many interesting people who died unmarried and alone with no direct descendants - from young soldiers in battle to elderly aunts/uncles with fine achievements whose scant memorials go ignored and unconnected due to adherents of the "Four Generation" policy. I respect those who labor long hours by groundwork and online to produce vast data on Find-A-Grave. By contrast, my emphasis is connectivity of the "relative" few I knew or have come to know well. I strive to be accurate, scholarly and welcome corrections.

I'm a proponent of hypothetical or "unknown" memorials if a chance of discovery - frequently the only path to real answers; this has happened for me countless times. With the help of others, deductive hypothesis can lead to found memorials when and where least expected. I've not only found individual graves this way, but entire cemeteries. In my sleuthing, I inadvertently stumbled into three ancestral cemeteries in 2011 not previously found on this site and whose descriptions, interments, and transcriptions I introduced and partially or fully manage:

1) Lyon-Rawson Cemetery [Byram Neck, Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT]
2) Solomon Gedney Burial Ground [Village of Mamaroneck, Rye, Westchester Co., NY]
3) Bailey Cemetery [Mahopac, Putnam Co., NY]

I have a particular interest in design of all kinds - in this context: funerary, both graphic and literary. For this reason, I aspire to accurate transcriptions correct by line, case, font. By means of text transcriptions, Google scans the verbiage and only then does it become searchable on the internet. Few epitaphs are original and with even a few eroded words and partial phrases, the indecipherable becomes known. For those who insist photos alone suffice, text in the best photograph is as yet not picked up in a Google scan - thus undetectable by those conducting searches.

Finally, I prefer quality over quantity, recognizing that perfection takes time and you have to start somewhere.

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RE: Thomas Hyne Curyer (1836-1903) and family | Jamestown Cemetery, Jamestown, SA, Australia
Hello Philip
Did you have a look at the Find A Grave website for the Jamestown Sth Australia cemetery? I posted a lot of the Curyer family and some baby grave photos as well. Also have a look at Jamestown Cemetery - Northern Areas Council, South Australia (on for a full listing of Curyers buried in this Cemetery.

Glad I could be of help

Regards Jill
Added by Harbourkane on Apr 26, 2017 11:15 PM
RE: Samuel Bryan Marshall and wife Mary | Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
Hi, Just a quick follow up. I returned to the cemetery. The office has no transcriptions of epitaphs. I returned on an overcast/rainy day (vs the sunny day for the original picture) and took photos from multiple angles, to no avail. The only thing that I could read, was the last sentence. I still plan on returning and will try and do a rubbing. Waiting for a sunny and dry day for that.
Added by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2017 1:46 PM
RE: Samuel Bryan Marshall and wife Mary | Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT
I will stop by the office and see if they may have the entire epitaph written down for him. His gravestone, as are many others, are almost completely effaced by the weather. It is really sad to see. I can also try and use a wax crayon and rice paper to retrieve the epitaph, but am not real hopeful that this will be helpful.
Added by Anonymous on Apr 09, 2017 1:24 PM
Zoe Tom
See FAG #: 24142165 now
See new links to her parents, etc.

Let mw know if I need to make any more corrections.


Added by Zoe Tom on Feb 12, 2017 5:44 PM
Lisa Hartlund
RE: please remove/move photo from # 79258682
Done. Thank you for letting me know. Sorry I mixed it up! :)

Added by Lisa Hartlund on Nov 05, 2016 10:23 AM
The Wilson grave site has been reclaimed and is due to be re sold. Both John and Florence are still buried within the grave. Any existing headstone has been removed however I have a pic of their headstone before it was removed which I have uploaded.
Added by Lazblom on Oct 27, 2016 4:09 AM
Rodney Bercham
RE: Re: Bernhard Bercham
Thanks Phillip
Got your email and have forward it to my sister for info and comment. I am waiting for her input and once received will collate the comments and any addition info and send you an email. If you could be patient with us we will get back to you as soon as possible. My sister does have strong opinions, especially regarding our Aunty Gert, and your conclusions which are the same as mine she has found difficult to accept. Gert was her favourite aunty and our father's favourite sister. Gert,as far as my sister is concerned, was a "Bercham" and had that" Bercham know all attitude and never being wrong". As it is my sister is pleading info overload.Importantly some years ago my sister did have a talk,albeit a short one, with Gert which did influence the way we targeted our research. Once again you thank for sending all that info, and please bear with us,I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank You Rodney
Added by Rodney Bercham on Oct 18, 2016 8:19 PM
Rodney Bercham
Bernhard Bercham
Hi I am Rodney Bercham grandson of Bernhard Berchem. I was amazed when I stumbled across this this web site with the amount of info about my grandfather, I have not been able to find any details regarding his birth, or any activities before he married my grandmother Mary Ann Phillippa Pearce on 26 Sept 1896, nor after my father was born on 16 Aug 1908. A lot of the difficulties is due to all the descendants using the surname Bercham and assuming Bernhard was born in 1864 and not 1857. I have some info regarding the children you may find interesting or useful but I need to put it in some sort of order first, so let me know if you interested. I notice some interest in my Aunty Delcie Florence Bercham. She was the second wife of my Uncle Frederick Richard Bercham. His first wife was Ivy May [Woods] Bercham who died in 7 July 1955. My grandmother Mary Ann was born in Black Rock in South Australia on 18 October 1881. She was originally buried in Port Augusta Cemetery,RC Section,B30,G10 in 21 October 1925, but later my father had her reburied with her second husband John Douglas Drinkwater in the Stirling North Garden Cemetery,Section 2, Row F,Grave 9. I hope some of this info is useful and I will start sorting the other info in case you would like see it etc. Look forward to hearing from you.
Added by Rodney Bercham on Oct 14, 2016 2:54 AM
Les Pearce
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Thank you so much for providing these lovely photos. People like you do such a wonderful service and I cannot thankyou enough.
Added by Les Pearce on Oct 05, 2016 4:48 PM
RE: James Gedney
I have seen his spreadsheet and worked a little from it. I am temporarily living with my brother in White Plains and saw the burial ground every time I got off 95 and was determined to visit it. I was sad to see the stones like that when I finally got there. They should leave the cemetery there and fix it but now a days no one seems to care.

I transferred all the Gedneys I created to you.
Added by BarbaraLL on Aug 25, 2016 8:29 AM
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