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Debra Mason (#47442357)
 member for 5 years, 5 months, 3 days
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Bio Photo Ancestors I am researching are: MASON; GILLARD; KEITH; COGBILL; SHOUP; WALKER
My aunt started our family research back in the late 60's/70's while living in Maryland and had access to The National Archives which she visited frequently. She traveled to hot dusty cemeteries, visited court houses, etc all over the South without the use of internet. After moving to Texas in the 80's, she still pursued her research but after she became ill and could not research anymore, she passed away. At that time, I was still not interested in genealogy but also, did not know about It wasn't until the program Who Do You Think You Are came on and I got really interested. So, what I did was take all of my mother's old family photos that my aunt obtained through the years and her family group sheets and I sat down and just started putting everything I had on with my own family tree. I was hooked! That was about 6 years ago and have come a long way in a short time. Most all of my family comes from New York,Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. I am no amateur nor am I a "weekend warrior" to Genealogy. I am very serious and passionate about genealogy but not stern like the people I mention below. I also have a cousin who is a Professional GeneaLogist who has taught me well. I live in New Mexico so it is very hard for me to travel and research, but not only because I am far away but I am a caregiver to my Special Needs daughter who does not travel well so I rely on these websites and others to help me. Even though I have been a member of FAG for only 5 years and counting, I use this website everyday all day long so I am familiar with how it works and what to do with requests of Edits, corrections, etc. I appreciate all the help I have received so far and what I may receive in the future and for all the volunteers who have obtained photos for me. If I have any memorials that you may want transferred and you are closer related than I am, then it's not a problem to transfer.
My worst pet peeves about this website are those members who hoard in the thousands of managed memorials and they have their messages disabled to where you cannot contact them unless you go into one of their memorials that they manage. These people act like they own the memorials to which they do not. They also most always Decline a request for corrections as this has happened to me numerous times when in fact I have the documentation for the correction. Those who are just interested in the numbers and haven't done research and want to be disagreeable about everything with those who have.
The worst are those who decline edits without telling what data they are using that conflicts with what you have, as though they have some secret information that only they get to know. I too was under the impression that we were all suppose to be working on getting history correct for our ancestors.
They also will not transfer memorials when in fact they are not even related to the memorials you want transferred. All I got to say is "Lighten Up"!!!. Isn't genealogy suppose to be fun? These people make it not fun and very frustrating. Unless you went to school to become a Professional Genealogist, quit preaching FAG Guidelines like you are the ones who created FAG!!! You cannot be that perfect. I may start listing them here with their FAG memorial numbers to warn others to try to avoid them if at all possible as I try to.
Be NICE!!! We are all here trying to do the same thing!
One more thing: For those who do not know please check to see if there is already a memorial created before adding one. This will help with duplicates which cause problems on Thank you!
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Billie T
John Brown
Debra, do you have memorial number on Arminda Terrell Ford Brown?
Added by Billie T on Jul 22, 2016 10:29 AM
RE: Eppy White
Thanks very much. I got the message and the link opened for me without a problem. I'll add Eppy.
Added by Claire on Jul 17, 2016 3:46 AM
Eppy White
I received your suggestion to add Eppy White to the memorial page for William Hopewood Hellums. I do have her as his wife in my family tree but I don't have any notes to tell me where I got that information and I have no information about her burial. Do you have further info that you could share with me?
Added by Claire on Jul 15, 2016 10:30 AM
Vicky Cherry
Reuben Harvey Sanders
Thanks for letting me know to take care of this. I did the complete West Point, Ark cemetery the day before and forgot to put the Picture of the Oakland Cemetery the next day to distinguish between cemeteries.

Reconnecting families,

Added by Vicky Cherry on Jul 07, 2016 1:57 PM
RE: Cogbill
Yes, it becomes very confusing when everyone names their son "James"! We can coordinate our research efforts and make headway. Thanks for your help.
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:31 PM
RE: Cogbill
The correct name for Thomas Jefferson and Sarah Sanders Cobill's son is James Howell Cogbill who died 19 September 1904 when a tree fell on him. He was married to Sallie Raley. His children are Tebo, Thomas Cecil, Mattie and James Harold according to their published obituaries.
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:26 PM
RE: Cogbill
Debra, I understand. There is a lot of information to process. Best wishes.
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:18 PM
RE: Cogbill
The newspaper articles are attached to:
Find A Grave Memorial# 75721615 and Find A Grave Memorial# 42203525 and Find A Grave Memorial# 68620212. Please take time to carefully read them. Thank you.
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:11 PM
RE: Cogbill
Debra: Did you read the numerous newspaper articles I have attached to the findagrave memorials of the persons in question? Did you also read the newspaper article regarding James Cogbill who died in 1904 and was the nephew of Alfred Sanders?
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:08 PM
RE: Cogbill
I do not understand how you argue with published newspaper articles. If you will go to the findagrave memorial for Thomas Cecil Cogbill, James Harold Cogbill and Tebo Cogbill (I know this is a nickname. I sat on the front porch of my grandparents' home with him many times), you will see from the newspaper articles the correct names of the parents of these boys. Perhaps the memory of your relative is a bit faded. I will send a copy of the newspaper article giving the 1904 death date of James Cogbill who was nephew of Alfred Sanders which links James Howell Cogbill to Sarah Sanders Cogbill as his mother.
Added by cully52 on Jul 06, 2016 2:01 PM
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