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debrat start-peabody (#47621249)
 member for 3 years, 10 months, 5 days
Ed Poulin
RE: Edward Poulin Lynn, MA and Peabodys
I took a quick look to figure out Austin Stockwell for you but he does not seem to be easily traceable. My best guess is that he was a grandson of Daniel Stockwell & Rebecca Warren whose children were born in Westborough MA from 1768 to 1788. Daniel ended up in Royalston MA. The reasons I suspect this is because of the Warren name which appears in Austin's son Stephen Warren, the name Daniel, and the location of Royalston. Austin's death record online says he was born in Winchendon, one town over, and the History of Royalston says that Daniel's children all settled elsewhere. It's my best guess. I'll keep working on it today but I'm not optimistic.

There are a number of free resources online so you are lucky. It was pretty bleak 15 years ago but the online genealogy has exploded. Some of my most used besides Find-a-grave are:

Vital Records of Massachusetts

Internet Archive - good for old genealogy & vital records books

Ray's Place - vital records

Find-a-Grave is particularly useful because of the links that people made. You can link and edit by first bringing up a memorial you made (you can only edit those). If you wanted to link, say, your Nelson J Peabody memorial [78530500] to his parents then follow these steps:

..Find the line that says "Family Links: [Edit]} and click on the word "Edit"

..This brings you to the a screen where you can enter the memorial number(s) for his father and/or mother and spouse(s). You, of course, need to find if that memorial exists and make note of its number. It is found at the bottom of every memorial created.

..After typing in the number(s) click on the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the gray area. You will be brought back to your memorial and the links should have been made. If you found you linked to the wrong ancestor then just go back to the Family Link page and change or erase the number. It's pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

Sometimes you may find two (or more!) memorials exist for the same ancestor. That is because

a) people didn't bother to determine if one already existed and created a new one,

b) people created a new one because they had difficulties with the owner of the original one,

c) the spelling is a bit off and finding the original wasn't easy.

In any case, Find-a-grave rules state that you link to the oldest memorial (the one with the lowest number is the oldest). That's a pretty hard and fast rule.

If you wanted to add children to a memorial you must first determine if their memorials exist or not. If not, then create it and then link him/her to their parents. If the memorial exists already then you can send a note to the owner of the memorial requesting that they link to your memorial. The way you do this is to find the tab on the other person's memorial that says "Edit". There are 5 tabs labeled Memorial, Photos, Flowers, Share, and Edit. Click on the Edit tab and one of the options is "Suggest a correction or provide additional information". Click on this link and write the most polite note possible in the white "Message" box and be sure to give them the memorial number(s) that they can link to. Once you are done writing, click on the "Send This Message" button and the message is off. Whether they actually listen to you is another issue. I'd say I have had 50% success. Some people don't like being told what to do. Go figure.

Other things you can do are editing the biography, adding a note, adding a gravestone transcription, post photos, and adding a cemetery. You just have to play with it to get used to it. Don't worry if you mess it up because it can always be fixed.

If you need help then you can email me directly at but make sure to put something relevant in the Subject line or I might just delete the email without reading it.

Good luck,


Added by Ed Poulin on Mar 23, 2013 11:38 AM

Jen Snoots
RE: from a FAN
Hi Debra,
Thanks for your message, it is always nice to hear that what I do here is appreciated :)

Added by Jen Snoots on Mar 19, 2013 12:11 PM

RE: Just a Valentine and Xmas Greeting
Hi Deb and thank you for your greetings.
In your previous message to me, you asked me to make the memorials (which I have done) for the other family members in the plot at Mount Royal. Please have a look - I changed the photo on Lizzie Anne's memorial and added different views on the others, so you can get an idea of where the grave is located. It is possible to link Lizzie's memorial to her parents - but since you created/manage Lizzie's memorial you are the one that needs to make the links.
Take care and I hope you settle in well with your mother in MA.

Added by Graceti on Feb 15, 2013 6:57 AM

Vicki Hittson
RE: Hey Cuxn-in-law!
Howdy Cousin!! My email address is Also on FB, as is Carolyn Powers. My phone is 970-534-4162 in Johnstown, CO. Much love, Vicki

Added by Vicki Hittson on Jan 03, 2013 7:02 PM

Thanks Deb. Your message made my night a lot better. I appreciate it.

I've always lived in Gardner and I especially feel close to Crystal Lake Cem. which was very close to where I grew up. I took many a bike ride there as a boy.

Have fun hunting down those relatives.

Add photos! :D


Added by Ryan-O on Oct 01, 2012 10:51 PM

Message sent through Edit tab

I sent you a message last week through the Edit tab for Elizabeth Ann Hossack "Lizzie Annie" Shewan Start. Did you receive it?
Mont Royal Cemetery is really Mount Royal Cemetery, already listed here at Find A Grave, with more than 1000 memorials.


Added by Graceti on Jan 18, 2012 9:18 AM

Barb Destromp
Moses Start
I have added some info to Moses (1770-1831) and linked what children that I could to him and his wife.. the grandsons to certain ones, I could not link... (Sorry).. I did what i could with the ones that I maintain..


Added by Barb Destromp on Oct 12, 2011 5:10 AM


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