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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 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. 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, 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. 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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Darin & Darla (Call) Mann
Thanks! I understand now, and I did link daughter to mother.
Added by Darin & Darla (Call) Mann on Dec 21, 2014 6:21 PM
Darin & Darla (Call) Mann
I am not sure of the suggestion you made for Diantha Karnes Williams Helmick. Is it the spelling of Karns? I have that Deborah McAllister is the mom of Diantha. I also have that Andrew, Jr. and Abigail (Rogers) are the parents of Deborah. Then Andrew, Sr. and (Rebecca Robinson) are the parents of Andrew, Jr.

My family line is through the Helmicks.

You sent:
I sent you an auto correction-link to Diantha's mother. Diantha was undoubted named for the married named of her mother's oldest sister, Diantha (McAllister) Karns, who fate after marriage I have yet to uncover.
Added by Darin & Darla (Call) Mann on Dec 21, 2014 5:54 PM
Joe Gibbens
McAllister Family, greater Wichita
Hi Don - I've processed many edits today. The McAllisters must have been part of them. BTW, I'm descended from John Howland, indentured servant who was washed overboard from the Mayflower. Obviously, he survived or I wouldn't be here.
Added by Joe Gibbens on Dec 20, 2014 4:20 PM
RE: re: Nancy McAllister (1831 - 1865)
Don: I have transferred her to you. I visited the gravesite yesterday and the dates are unreadable. The info I had added to the memorial was taken from a cemetery reading list from the local geneology library.

Perhaps it is correct or....perhaps was misread at the time! Who knows!

Maybe I can visit Mound Cem. soon to look for the other two you added, but it is freezing weather here right now...and Christmas is coming!

Thanks for being patient with me.
Added by Anna on Dec 18, 2014 5:40 AM
re: Nancy McAllister (1831 - 1865)
I received your request for a transfer.....I will transfer to you soon, but first I want to confirm the date on the gravestone. I will visit the cemetery soon and look closer.....

I do believe that there were two (2) Nancy McAllisters.....maybe??

Added by Anna on Dec 17, 2014 5:21 AM
RE: McAlister (McAllister) Linake
Happy to update their memorials! :) Thanks for the information! Merry Christmas to you!
Added by StephanieH on Dec 13, 2014 12:35 PM
Ellwood G Swift
RE: Hello Don
Thank you for your response and I under stand.
Added by Ellwood G Swift on Dec 07, 2014 8:21 AM
Ellwood G Swift
Hello Don
could you transfer William Swift Grave Memorial# 103553014 William Swift is my 9th great Grandfather it would be a great Honor to mange his Memorial.

thank you
Ellwood Swift
Added by Ellwood G Swift on Dec 06, 2014 4:18 PM
Rick Weaver
RE: Sarah (McAllister) Kennison
You're welcome Don!

Luckily, I've had those photos for some time. Weather-wise, it would not be conducive at this time of year to get decent pictures. By the way, there is the question of the duplicate memorial. It has an open Photo Request.

Should I post the pictures to that one too or are you going to remove your photo request?

Many thanks!

Rick Weaver
Added by Rick Weaver on Dec 03, 2014 2:30 PM
Michelle Silvestri-Oetinger
My pleasure, Don. Happy to re-unite families!!
Added by Michelle Silvestri-Oeting... on Nov 29, 2014 3:07 PM
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