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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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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 adding the linking function, 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.

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. As an 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.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. while my paternal ancestry in America started in 1633 with a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker who arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1638 he 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.

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. The biographical presentations are 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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Susan S
Boardman Memorials
Yes, something is wrong with emails since ancestry took over. All the info you sent me is now gone, I don't think I deleted it.

#20495823 Samuel Boreman 1615-1673

#20495915 Mary Betts Boreman ? - 1684

#20496718 Samuel Bordman 1648-1720

I think some of the easier corrections you suggested I might have made, but again, I have no record of anything.
Added by Susan S on Apr 14, 2014 11:54 AM
Susan S
Boardman Memorials
Tried to send you a message at your aol email - returned. Could you please send me again your corrections on Boardman Memorials. Thank you.
Added by Susan S on Apr 13, 2014 12:59 PM
Mary E. Warner
About George Soule, Jr.
Don, do you know how many children George Soule, Jr #49542007 had? Seven? I can't find a William Soule (1671-4/1723) D-Dartmouth, Bristol MA; m. Hannah Brewster anywhere. William is supposedly his son.

Would you please add George Soule Jr.'s children's names into his biography?

Thanks for any help you can contribute to this search. Please let me know...
Added by Mary E. Warner on Apr 13, 2014 9:03 AM
James Bianco
Goodrich
Hey Don, I transferred the profile to you yesterday. (see my message below)

Added by James Bianco on Apr 10, 2014 4:58 PM
Roger
Josiah Goodrich
Don - I sent an email to your aol account but it bounced back to me. I will try again. Roger
Added by Roger on Apr 10, 2014 2:52 PM
James Bianco
Abigail Goodrich
Just got your message Don, and made that transfer. I have been in acquisition mode lately (so to speak)
and will have it complete by summer. I have already been back twice to completely photograph. My mission has been to stop these people from who knows where from playing "genealogy" with our local and often important early burials, creating and leaving them blank. Very few people will then photograph them because a profile exists. It is a pleasure to transfer this or any others of interest to someone who will add important details and bring them to life.
Added by James Bianco on Apr 09, 2014 2:33 PM
Izzy
Research
Just want to thank you for all your work. I enjoy learning about those in my family and you have supplied so much information. Going back from Groves and Herberts I got to
Jonathan Stoddard and Mary Wright. All your information on
Find A Grave makes me think I'm on the right track.
Thanks again, Isabel Stoddard Kurtz
Added by Izzy on Apr 08, 2014 11:38 AM
Marie Bonafonte
RE: Boardman family
Now I understand. As always, whatever you need me to do, just let me know.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Mar 29, 2014 9:33 AM
Kentalex3
Find A Grave Correction: Elmina Bangs
Hello Don,

This oversight was not mine to correct, but instead belonged to Peter Mc, the originator of the Capt Eli Palmer Robinson memorial. I asked him to link his memorial to that of Urania Kingsley Robinson, and he did. The half-sibling designation no longer appears for Eli's sisters, Urania and Elmina.

Regards,
Kent Alexander
Added by Kentalex3 on Mar 24, 2014 11:19 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Boreman/Boardman/Bordeman
I transferred and I think I got all of the last name variations - If I missed any variation, let me know and I'll transfer over.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Mar 22, 2014 4:56 PM
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