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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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Lawrence St. Cemetery
Had opportunity to visit Lawrence St. Cemetery and looked for Matthias Kimball (1830-1900), many
markers are missing and could not locate site, sorry
Added by B5947 on Aug 24, 2017 1:24 PM
RE: Alexander Charles Martin (1917-1939) | Payneham Cemetery, Payneham, SA
You're welcome, Philip. Always glad to help out.

Regards, Robyn
Added by Aussie on Aug 22, 2017 12:49 AM
Diane Mitchell
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Isaac Hathaway (1704-1749)
Thank you so very much for your reply, explanation and information! I very much appreciate it! Genealogy is a hobby of mine. As you can tell, I'm not very good at it. I received lots of info, passed down from generation to generation from all sides since I was the only family member who was interested. Most of it is not sourced. So, when I get a reply like yours that is so very well sourced plus full of new information for me, I am thrilled!

Yes, I would very much like to see those probate papers! Since I'm still working, I don't have much time for my genealogy hobby and have not signed up to Ancestry.

I think I understood you to say that Isaac's wife's family came over on the Mayflower? I would very much like to know more about that!

Again, thank you for passing along to me this info and any other sources where I can get even more!
Added by Diane Mitchell on Aug 21, 2017 7:25 AM
Nancy Borman
RE: Melvin Weston Rowell (1868-1965) and wife Bertha M. (1886-1965) | Fairview Cemetery, Northwood,
You're welcome. Glad to make a contribution.
Added by Nancy Borman on Aug 19, 2017 12:45 PM
Nadeen Sobottka
William Smith @ Forest Home Cem., Milw., WI
Hi, I have transferred Wm Smith's memorial to you as I am not related in any way. Regards, Nadeen
Added by Nadeen Sobottka on Aug 04, 2017 3:56 PM
Dick H.
George R Smith
Memorial has been updated. Thanks for the info.

Dick H
Added by Dick H. on Jul 28, 2017 6:51 AM
Pat Millican
RE: Find A Grave Edit Declined: Mary Ann Louise Braswell Hine (1843 - 1903)
I do not see the need to put the DOB/DOD as the transcription since that info is already listed in the appropriate place on the memorial page.

The rules according to Find A Grave for what and how to transcribe the monuments are:

What information do I include from a headstone?
Include all of the information on the headstone into the appropriate fields/dropdown menus in the memorial form. It is not sufficient to create a memorial with only a name and a headstone photo. Of course, if the headstone only has a name, then you cannot add information you do not have. However, if the information is on the stone, enter the information into the form.

If a headstone is not readable at all and you have plot information and a photo for the marker, please add the memorial as first name Unknown, last name Unknown. This is the standard. Please do not use other terms unless they identify the person for example but not limited to: Child, Twin, Infant, Adult, Male, Female, First name, Last Name.

“Add marker transcription” is to be used for words, phrases, or sentences that are found on the headstone, other than the person’s name or birth and death dates. Examples of these would be “Loving mother”, “Here my love lies”, Served in Company 212, etc. When adding to this field, please use sentence case, as in the prior examples.

I do not always add those, but if people submit it I do.

I apologize if this offends you, I try to transcribe them according to Find A Grave rules/guidelines.

Thank you,

Pat Millican
Added by Pat Millican on Jul 24, 2017 7:57 AM
Henry Morgan Skinner Dupe
No problem, I've deleted mine.

Added by Sidney on Jul 21, 2017 7:43 AM
Marie Bonafonte
Freeman Skinner #52733291
Thanks for the additional information. Your request has now been completed.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 20, 2017 6:16 PM
RE: Hudson City Cemetery
I've transferred the three of them to you. If you find anyone else just ask!

Added by Sidney on Jul 15, 2017 4:58 PM
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