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Don Sugarman (#47400624)
 member for 6 years, 9 months, 6 days
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My son and I got into family genealogy research in early December 2010. He found my dad's memorial and headstone on the FindAGrave site. I joined Find A Grave to add a memorial for my mom and to upload a new double headstone photo with both names for both memorials.

Being recently retired [July 2010], I decided be a volunteer photographer. The timing was awful, with the first requests popping up as our first nor'easter of the season was approaching.

My wife and I went out to take pictures at the Dalton/Main Street cemetery, Dalton MA, right after the storm. We had some success and were hooked.

I enjoy connecting with other contributors and helping with their photo requests and family research.

To those who are requesting a photo in a large cemetery, please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. This may make the difference between a volunteer's trying to fulfill your request or going elsewhere.

You may use my photos for your personal use, such as family tree sites, e-mails to family, etc.; anything else - please contact me for permission. With the current file size limit (8MB), the uploaded photos are pretty hi res. I keep some of the original, raw files, so contact me by e-mail, if you need one.

Kelly Patenaude Townsend provided me with a DVD with thousands of photos from numerous Massachusetts cemeteries, which I will use to fulfill requests. Kelly is a registered nurse who contracts at facilities around the country, and she uses her free time to photograph cemeteries, wherever she is assigned. Before she moves on to her next assignment, she donates a CD with her photos to the local library and historical society.

When I use Kelly's photos, I give attribution in a caption to the photo. Note that her photos are generally low res, at less than 100kB. If you must have a higher res file, I recommend your creating a new request with a note that a hi-res photo is needed.
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Photo of my ggm's grave
Thank you for your excellent photo. It is very clear. May you bring many more people the joy of finding their loved ones even if they are in the world to come.
Added by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2017 11:33 AM
Allen Head
Thanks for your efforts in finding this
Added by Allen Head on Apr 03, 2017 5:36 PM
Jennie Gold
Thanks so much for the photo, Don.
I wish you all the best.
Added by LoveTrees on Sep 26, 2016 5:10 AM
Jan Franco
It wasn't clear from your message: should I delete Isaac?
Added by Jan Franco on May 22, 2016 3:47 PM
Charlotte Owens
Lucretia Wainwright FAQ 71307361

Would you please post your photo that appears on the above referenced FAQ to her son's Timothy's FAQ162481581. He is referenced at the bottom of her gravestone. I took a picture, but your photo is better. I will remove my photo after you have inserted yours. Thanks, Charlotte
Added by Charlotte Owens on May 11, 2016 5:02 PM
The Cohens

thank you very much for your photos of the grave of Lillian and Alex Cohen.

Added by Anna on Mar 10, 2016 11:37 AM
Mark Grossman
Zelda Cohen Cutler

This is in regards to memorial #78326111, for Zelda Cohen Cutler. My great-grandmother, Mary Cohen Goldberg, was a sister to Zelda Cutler's father Morris. Are you related to the Cohens? If so, how? If not, can I get this memorial transferred to me? Thanks so much!

Mark Grossman
Added by Mark Grossman on Feb 01, 2016 7:56 PM
P Welch
Nathan Curtis photo in Stockbridge
I think the photo you posted to Find A Grave Memorial# 29858080 might be on the wrong Nathan. The parents listed on the stone are different from the ones in the bio. Hard to tell if it should go with the other Nathan since it has not dates or parents.
Added by P Welch on Sep 18, 2015 6:08 PM
Ginger Smith

I just got home from work and will look at the postings. I cannot thank you enough! You went above and beyond! I will learn more about find-a-grave as time goes by. It is really a great site. I already help friends find local graves and do some of their genealogy for them.

Thanks again!!!

Added by Ginger Smith on Apr 29, 2015 6:32 PM
Howard Leonard
Edward I Greenfield
Th anks so very much Don for the photo of Edward hope you have a bleesed day.
Howard Leonard
Added by Howard Leonard on Apr 09, 2015 7:31 AM
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