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I have been researching my family tree, taking over the work that my dad started many years ago. My dad, the family patriarch, is the keeper of the family genealogy, old family stories/scandals and ancient family pictures. We've had a good time together talking about family history and sharing our discoveries.
Of course, everything is a never ending project. More grave sites of ancestors to find and record. I also try to pay it forward by creating memorials for other people's loved ones along the way, time permitting.
My direct lineal ancestry on my paternal side goes back to my
11th great grandparents, Edward and Mary Bosworth, who sailed from England to Boston, Massachusetts aboard the "Elizabeth Dorcas" in 1634. From there, I descend from their son Jonathan, then from his son Jonathan Bosworth, Jr., who was married to Hannah Howland, daughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. Then from their son Deacon David Bosworth of Halifax, to his son Nehemiah, his son John, his son Benjamin, and so on.
My grandmother immigrated from County Cavan, Ireland in 1907 and came with her sister through Ellis Island, New York. The rest of their family came soon after, with some moving on to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
My mother's people were all English, Irish, and Scottish immigrants to Chatham, New Brunswick, Canada; the Natick/Wellesley, Mass. area; and Upland, Pennsylvania.
Family surnames of interest: Bosworth, Gifford, Woodworth, Potter, Palmer, Wilbor, Wilcox, Bacon, Dixon, Chadwick, Merrihew, Spooner, Taber, Sampson, Tomson, and Bryant. Also, Gilston, McCracken, Waters, Jackson, and Mahood.
I invite & encourage anyone to leave notes and flowers on the memorials here, if you so choose. Thank you!
"A people that take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants." - Macaulay; Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892, Page 627-629
Find-A-Grave is a fantastic place for memorializing the deceased and helping folks with family history research.
I've met many kind, wonderful people through this activity. It is truly a blessing to collaborate with folks who give so generously and unselfishly of their time and energy, while continually striving to make the Find-A-Grave site a better place for all. Thank you for all your amazing work and caring, positive attitude!
Unfortunately, I've also seen the other side of the coin. The memorial manager or two who can be downright nasty and belligerent when asked to do simple edits, or when updated grave photos are added to memorials under their control. Sadly, a few folks seem to have lost sight of the real purpose for which these memorials to the dearly departed were created in the first place. Fortunately, the Curmudgeons and GrumpyGramps are in the minority here.
To these "Negative Nellies" I just have to say ~~
Seriously! Please get over yourself! It is not all about you!
Copies of any rude, nasty, offensive messages left on my profile page will forwarded to the Find-A-Grave admins for handling.
Note: Find-a-Grave Policy ~~
Q.~ Is it acceptable to add a memorial for someone who is still living? (That is a memorial created from "pre-need" information on a grave marker.)
A.~ Please try to avoid it. In general, we do not encourage adding memorials for individuals who are still living. Please do not add pre-need memorials to Find A Grave. Memorials for individuals who are alive will be removed when requested.....
Remember ~~ Memorials here are for the dearly departed,
not the clearly still living!
Major Pet Peeve~~
People who create memorials as "burial unknown" with no cemetery based solely on information gleaned from online obituaries that are marked as "interment private". Then a contributor walks through the cemetery photographing markers and inadvertently creates a duplicate memorial because the departed is not already listed in that cemetery. This has become a big problem on Find-A-Grave and is a huge, huge headache to resolve.
Also on the peeve list~~
Contributors who think that pictures of tree stumps, leaves, weeds, shrubs, feet, camera straps, reflections of legs, plus crooked, warped, lousy angled, fuzzy, off-color, ILLEGIBLE headstone pictures are suitable grave photos for a loved one's Find-A-Grave memorial. Again, you are not doing the dearly departed or their family members any favors by churning out a crappy, sub-standard product because you can't be bothered to do the job right!
Please explain your relationship in any transfer request! Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are not required to be transferred according to Find A Grave policies. But, I will likely do transfers outside of guidelines if I have no family attachment to the memorial. Please keep in mind that the original contributor may also be related to the memorial. Bulk surname requests should not be made.
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"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there...I do not sleep. I am the thousand winds that blow... I am the diamond glints on snow... I am the sunlight on ripened grain... I am the gentle Autumn rain. When you waken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of gentle birds in circling flight... I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry - I am not there... I did not die."
~~Mary Elizabeth Frye
*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•* Dear Ancestor *•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•* *•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*
"Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I'd exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you."
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|J Regan||Howland, Hitt, Lugo Families|
Super job. Great info. FYI: I have additional information regarding Lysander Franklin Howland, Jr.'s maternal California Mexican grandmother, Rafaela Francisco Lugo and her family.
Feel free to visit my web site for his maternal ancestors.
Added by J Regan on May 13, 2015 2:19 PM
Is he really giving you an lesson on find a grave etiquette? Seriously... this person needs to figure out that another photo is placed because the original is not as good. Better camera, light, angle, different perspective, updates are all reason to post another photo, and the new photo is not taken by someone standing on a ladder, or has been unwilling or unable to stand and bend down in front of the memorial being photographed. Find a grave volunteers should do there best work out in the field, putting out the best there is with a photograph for those searching for family. And, if the manager WOULD transfer to the rightfully family member, the member could ask to have the undesired photo removed at that point. Problem solved! Keep up doing your great work. We could use more volunteers like you...
Added by goose on May 07, 2015 10:38 AM
|TheWizard||Re: grave marker photos|
Reading the message below that someone left for you. Wow! Someone needs to get a life! The Wizard sees the answer he seeks is right there in his lengthy rant, and he doesn't even realize it. Best of luck, keep up the good work, and don't let the folks like this get you down!
Please note the below with regard to posting duplicate photos:
What kind of photos may be added to a memorial page?
You may add a grave photo of the headstone or a portrait photo containing the memorialized. Do not add photos of the cemetery gate to the memorial but instead add them to the cemetery's page. If a cemetery photo has been designated by admin to serve as the default photo to appear on individual memorial pages in that cemetery, it will appear automatically. Not all cemeteries have a default photo designated. There is a limit of 5 photos for non-famous memorials that have not been sponsored. Sponsored memorials may have up to 20 photos. Any contributor can upload an appropriate photo to any memorial regardless of who manages the page. No permission from the memorial manager is needed. However, if there is already a photo of the headstone, do not add a second similar photo unless the original is of poor quality and the new photo is dramatically better. This leaves room for photos of the deceased within the five-photo limit on unsponsored memorials. Please note that it is not appropriate to delete a page and substitute it with a new memorial that you have created just because you don't like a photo that someone else has added. If the photo is an appropriate addition to the memorial, it will be allowed to remain.
Added by GPoppa on May 06, 2015 6:51 PM
|Burch_Gal||RE: Re: Yvette L. Boule Rousseau|
How kind of you! Thank you so much!!
|Kathleen Steele||Photo of Lamb Family in Oak Grove Cem. New Bedford|
Thank you SO MUCH for posting the photo of Capt Wm Lamb and his family. He is my ggg-grandfather and I am trying to get info to go beyond him. This means so much to me. I really appreciate. I live on the West Coast so it makes it difficult for me.
Also, I saw your family names. Potter and Taber in my family was well. My grandmother's family was entrenched in New Bedford.
Thank you again,
|Dawn||RE: Re: Charles S. Tripp|
It's always a pleasure to work with you. You are so efficient. ~ Dawn
Added by Dawn on Apr 06, 2015 2:13 PM
I'm intrigued by the family you have identified at
Riverside Cemetery, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA:
Hewes, Grace Isabel, b. 1886 d. 1886
Hewes, Hattie Frances Stuart, b. 1857 d. 1886
Hewes, William Jackson, b. 1847 d. 1890
Would you happen to have any additional information on William Jackson? I'm familiar with a dentist by that name who died in Stamford, CT, in 1896.
|Robert Cushman||RE: James O. V. Cushman, Oak Grove Cem.|
Good Work. Thanks for all you do for all of us at Find A Grave.
|Tom Schoening||Roger Wilsoncroft and Karen Travers|
Thank You for processing the links to their families - Greatly Appreciated
Regards - Tom Schoening
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