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Cliff Blanchard (#47954981)
 member for 1 year, 11 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo Long before the computer my mother wrote letters tracing our families. It's been over 40 years since I started working on our tree/branches. Currently tracing: Blanchard, Lanham, Carson, Carter, Coleman, Ashby, Williams, Taylor, Lindsey, Bough, Allen, Bogusz, Boyd, and Grant. Now that our daughters are married, I help with the Yocom, Batchelor and Wallace trees. I've walked cemeteries in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. I'm a member of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society and its' Cemetery Committee; and the Clay County Genealoigal Society. I recently became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and as a newspaper and a portrait photographer, I have no problems taking photos.

When I walk a cemetery, I will photograph every headstone in a particular area. Later when I find a memorial has already been established, I delete my photo preventing any duplication. If no memorial has ever been established, I research the person using census records,, obituaries, marriage records and cemetery indexes. Usually this confirms what the headstone reflexes, and helps fill in missing information. If a memorial has been established without a photo, I will add my photo thus allowing family living elsewhere to know the condition of the headstone.

I also link family members, which allows locating other relatives easier. Remember, siblings can be linked to parents not the reverse. It's a simple procedure. If I've posted something wrong, please let me know. I'll correct any mistakes in a timely manner. I can't EDIT a memorial I've transferred, and I will transfer memorials that aren't family. Check FAG guidelines.

I realize the census and obituaries are excellent source of information, however, like anything else they contain errors. Whenever human hands are envolved, mistakes occur. I've found errors in names, dates of birth/death, and locations. If you want me add something to a memorial from an obituary, it's MY policy not to add living relatives for privacy reasons. Please respect my preference.

As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, I will always honor a fellow servicemen.

Recently my daughter, grandson and I took a trip to Ohio County, Kentucky guided by my Find-A-Grave friend, Helen McKeown. Our goal was to find more family connections, and we did. We visited: Milton Taylor Cemetery, Morton Cemetery, Sunnyside Cemetery, West Providence Cemetery, Centertown Cemetery, Waltons Creek Cemetery, Carson Cemetery and Beulah Cemetery. I saw where my father went to school in Centertown, and lived. (Both are now gone). We found several Revolutionary War connections.
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Geraldine Barnett
Sounds fine to me, barring any family emergemncy
Added by Geraldine Barnett on Sep 22, 2014 2:35 PM
Geraldine Barnett
am back at Clinton now. I can go Tues or Wed afternoon. Let me know. geraldine
Added by Geraldine Barnett on Sep 22, 2014 2:17 PM
RE: Destiny
Yes,we found out and it was very heart warming to find out. Thank you again!
Added by Coda on Sep 21, 2014 9:49 AM
Thank you!
Destiny's mom wanted me to write and tell you thank you!! We both appreciate everything and boog will always be miss and loved not a day goes by that we don't think of our angel!! Love you baby girl
Added by Coda on Sep 19, 2014 6:17 PM
Billie (Morris) Barushak
Thank you for all of your hard work! I really appreciate you getting the photo and posting it. I am not sure where Anna fits, but thank you for letting me know about her stone and taking the photo. I will have to try and figure that one out. :)
Added by Billie (Morris) Barushak on Sep 18, 2014 6:36 PM
Jeff Thomas
Carolyn M. Thomas Neese
Thanks for the picture of Carolyn's headstone.
Added by Jeff Thomas on Sep 18, 2014 5:01 PM
Tom Rader
Malissa Ellen Rader Ealey (#135643762)
Cliff, You are a gem. Thank you very much for all you do for find a grave. I love this site. Tom
Added by Tom Rader on Sep 18, 2014 12:51 PM
Billie (Morris) Barushak
RE: Calcutta Cemetery
Yes! It is a wonderful resource! I am so grateful for what you all do there. My cousin, Mary Gardner, used to help out there and fostered my interest somewhat when I was younger, by taking showing me more about my family that I didn't know. Honestly, I ache in a way that I can not be closer to "home" to be able to research more easily and help out and be a part of the Clay and Vigo Gen. Societies. I have not lived in the area since 2001.
Added by Billie (Morris) Barushak on Sep 18, 2014 10:31 AM
Billie (Morris) Barushak
Esther E. Wilson - Calcutta
Hi Cliff! I just wanted to let you know that you have accidentally made 2 memorial's for her. One has her spouse attached. Have a good day!
Added by Billie (Morris) Barushak on Sep 18, 2014 9:16 AM
Geraldine Barnett
Ok, Cliff, Jim answered me on my site. I have printed it off. I can't go this week but will b glad to meet you one day next week. We could meet at Bellmore? Rockville? Bridgeton? and go together. Let me know. geraldine
Added by Geraldine Barnett on Sep 16, 2014 8:00 PM
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