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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
 member for 7 years, 8 months, 26 days
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. For example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1633 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1638 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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Hi Don..I had to leave you a note about the wonderful things memorials you have done. I happened across a Tuttle family member and was very impressed with your research and your bio. We need more members like you. I too want them correctly as possible and love helping others. Not interested in numbers of memorials I manage as so many are. Thank you..Wendy

Added by Wendy on May 15, 2015 11:50 PM
Kenneth Parrish
RE: Leonard C. Williams
Added by Kenneth Parrish on May 07, 2015 8:44 PM
Betty Marsicek
RE: John Smith and Ann Pusey, Chester, PA
Hi Don, Sorry you've had so much trouble contacting me. You can reach me at
Added by Betty Marsicek on May 01, 2015 3:19 PM
RE: Isaac P. Allen
Pension cards added to your new memorial for Isaac. Nice bio and links to parents.
Added by Steve on Apr 26, 2015 9:27 AM
Carol Walters
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 22104781
Thanks for taking time to respond. And thank you for the quality of the research you do. Your work has been very helpful as we have been piecing together our Metcalf lines.
Added by Carol Walters on Apr 26, 2015 8:16 AM
Tara Orlowski
Simon Tuttle memorial #112990701
Simon is my 9th ggf. I think you did a wonderful job with all the research you did on him. It was more than I ever expected to see. Thank you for all your hard work on every memorial that you do. Your work is greatly appreciated by more people than you will ever know!

Tara Orlowski
Added by Tara Orlowski on Apr 24, 2015 7:49 PM
Carolyn (Johnson) Reed
Arthur Weld
Upon closer looking I see some confusion in the Cornish History books. I will work on it today. Thanks again for pointing out...Carolyn
Added by Carolyn (Johnson) Reed on Apr 22, 2015 11:45 AM
Carolyn (Johnson) Reed
Arthur J Weld
Thank you for pointing out typo errors. I believe I have fixed. Carolyn
Added by Carolyn (Johnson) Reed on Apr 22, 2015 11:34 AM
Bill DeFlorio
RE: Virgil Washburn gravestone
You're welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Bill DeFlorio on Apr 13, 2015 5:31 AM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
Thank you sooo much for the edits.
I did a little tweaking using your info. I copy pasted your info giving you credit THANK YOU.
I have sent info and it had been copy pasted and I'm thinking NOOOOO I could have storied that better. wait. IF you think the same think I am happy to Edit. I am just Grateful you fulfilled so much of her bio.
I have read some of what you sent but had not source to verify so I left it out.
and according to your bio.... We are related through Experience and you and my hubby are related through Fuller. So You are family. We will see you at Easter Dinner.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Apr 04, 2015 11:54 AM
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