Congratulations to Jerry & Roger our featured Volunteers of the Month for July, 2020! They’ve worked hard over the years documenting cemeteries in their area and also cemeteries where they have traveled. They manage about 18,000 memorials and have uploaded a little over 16,800 photos to the site.
Jerry originally became involved with Find a Grave completely by chance. While researching both he and his spouse’s family lines, Jerry came across a Find a Grave memorial for one of his own family members. He was “elated to say the least,” learned more about the site and registered to be a member. He had always been an avid genealogist and was excited to add memorials and photos not only for his family but for others too! At the beginning he was using a camera and started photographing individual graves at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Roger was very supportive and interested in cemeteries as well. Soon Jerry and Roger started canvassing sections of 300-600 graves at a time in this cemetery. While adding the photos to Find a Grave, they’d research each memorial to see if there were details that could be sent, such as relationship links or anything that could help a family member find their family. Jerry set aside time each day for uploading and research. He remembered how it felt to find his first family member on Find a Grave and wanted to help others find their family members. Since then, they’ve continued to visit and photograph at cemeteries, even while traveling, and when that hasn’t been possible they’ve been busy researching online and updating memorials.
During the years of visiting cemeteries we learned quickly to spend a few minutes on each grave, cleaning it and then cutting grass and weeds away from the marker so it was readable to not only us but to the person who would be looking at the photo. Over the years we’ve been contacted by many family of those we’ve added thanking us. This has been our reward and makes our day.
They’ve added some beautiful and interesting headstones to the site; cremations buried near a waterfall, hand-painted tiles, waves of angel hair carved into the stone, and others! Here’s a handful from Hawaii, California, North Carolina and Mexico.
Our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are Find a Grave members and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Find a Grave Team