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. Two years ago I became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a prior newspaper and a portrait photographer, I enjoy taking photographs of headstones.
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, Ancestry.com, 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 to 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.
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.
In respect of the posting you have made for Marion C Reddie (Find A Grave Ref 129348734), I can advise she her maiden name was Marion CURRIE, born 8 Sep 1887 in Clay Co., Indiana.
She was the daughter of William CURRIE, whose grave is also posted in Find A Grave, Ref 5339252. Her mother was Marion CURRIE nee GRAY, but these is no posting for her grave, although I suspect she is also buried in Harmony Cemetery, with husband William.
Perhaps you can update her listing, accordingly.
(I am confident this information is accurate. It arises from my research in to the Snell family of Clay Co., one of whom married Marion's brother, John D Currie).
I am on a few genealogy groups on fb. A few months ago someone had posted the 2 pictures of a grave they found out in the middle of no where while they were bear hunting. I looked to see if someone had put up pictures of their grave to try to find out some more about the person and seen that they didn't have a picture of their grave so I asked the person who took the pictures if they would let me put those pictures up for their memorial. They agreed so I added them. I didn't even notice that they didn't have a cemetery listed but really it is out in the woods all by itself so really it doesn't have a cemetery.
If you click on the picture you will see where I gave credit to the person who took the picture and this is what I wrote: Photo credit: Pamela Otto. Location of grave is near downtown Philippi on the Old Railroad Grade Rd.
RE: John Minear (FAG#15028564) Hi Cliff! I can't seem to find the memorial you are referring to. The Find A Grave# you gave is not one that I have made nor can I find a John Minear as a memorial that I've made. Will you check it again? I will be happy to help you once I know for sure which memorial it is that you are asking about.
My name is Doug Carter. My great grandfather was Richard Bennett Carter, youngest brother of Prince William Farley Carter. Looking for information about the children of John Walter and Nancy Coleman Carter. Any help would be much appreciated. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to share what information you have on them. Thanks!
RE: Blanchards Hi there Cliff, Yes I have seen Walters I go to Elmwood a couple times a year for my Mom&Dad and I have My Grandfather Ream Francis there, Which is Walters Brother, And Also my GrandMother Velma Langley. William Francis also is there. My E-mail is email@example.com. Drop me a line and I can get your address. I have Tons of stuff. Were you able to get a copy of Mrs. McKeowns book? I got a copy, it is full of stuff. I went and stayed with Virginia Ross Twice now, and was able to copy a lot of her stuff, She is a walking History book, Love her bunches, Im hoping to go again this summer.I was able to go to the Francis reunion and meet relatives I never knew. I was working on the Blanchards last night and kept on getting the James w. mixed up with the John W. But I think I got it straight now. Im from Hammond but have lived in Hobart for the pass 20 years. send me an e-mail so i can get your address and I will see what pictures I can locate of the Blanchards, I know I had a family picture of Violas whole family when she was a little girl,will try and find it. its on a c.d. somewhere.
Blanchards Hi Cliff, Thanks for all the hard work you do, I live in Hammond Indiana, Im from the Francis family Our lines run together, I go to Ohio County Ky to visit Virginia Ross and she has tons of info I was able to copy a lot of her stuff. I was trying to trace Viola Francis family and it brought me to your bio. So that answered my Question. Once again thank you. Judy
At least two groups of McCullough families settled in Clay County, Indiana. One group migrated from Kentucky, the other from Tennessee. My father's family is the group from Kentucky. I am related to some of the McCullough's from Tennessee through my mother's family. The McCulloughs buried in Rhule cemetery are part of the Tennessee family and are in my family by marriage. As of yet, I have not determined how these two McCullough groups are related. This mystery is a big reason why I'm interested in genealogy!