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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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Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY
check Henry & Wm. Henry Memorials
FG # 9082244 and son Wm. Henry DeWitt Biographical information added.
Added by Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY on Feb 25, 2015 5:33 PM
Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY
Citation on Reuben DeWitt Memorial
90282126 See Caption for citation
Added by Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY on Feb 25, 2015 12:04 PM
ATJ
RE: Anna Robertson Dimmick 82101006
Hi Don,

I can check the inscription dates again, I am right here in town. I didn't save a large format photo of this so can't confirm one way or another on the dates at this time.

As for the maiden name - I know it wasn't based on my research. I have a vague memory of someone sending me information, requesting an addition of the maiden name based on their research, but the details are fuzzy now.

It has been quite some time, a couple of years, since I transferred this memorial to Find-A- Grave.

Whether anyone else has requested changes to dates or maiden names since that transfer, and whether Find-A-Grave complied, is impossible for me to tell.











Added by ATJ on Feb 24, 2015 7:51 PM
Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY
Reuben DeWitt 90282126
From the History of Marion County Missouri
Added by Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY on Feb 24, 2015 5:53 PM
Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY
Orilla DeWitt Thomas Memorial
I spent time writing an e-mail to your address which does not accept e-mail. See Fg # 90282126 -- Gregg ancestry. The memorial of Henry DeWitt has the wrong DOD which I cannot correct. I suggest that you work farther up the line, if you are on the correct Henry & Elizabeth DeWitt.
Added by Larry&Sharon EASTERDAY on Feb 24, 2015 5:37 PM
Sally Davis
Peter Green # 90740730
Don,
Thanks so much for making my edits to this memorial.
Sally Davis
Added by Sally Davis on Feb 24, 2015 9:38 AM
Rhonda
John & Martha Manter
Very nice bio's on John & Martha! Will contact you via e-mail with info on my Manter branch. :)
Added by Rhonda on Feb 21, 2015 4:01 PM
Lisa Coyne Hall
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Don, I've been trying to get in touch with you. Has your email changed?

I am concerned about incorrect information that has appeared on memorials for family members at Riddle cemetery and was inquiring whether you know who added it and also the memorial for J and J's youngest daughter Paralee has disappeared. Do you have any information?

Please contact me when you have a chance.

Lisa
Added by Lisa Coyne Hall on Feb 21, 2015 3:17 PM
Dorothy
Email bounced
Please resolve your email issue so my emails do not bounce again. I wrote an email. Please let me know so I can send it again.
Added by Dorothy on Feb 16, 2015 11:51 AM
KC
RE: 35283409
Very nice!
Added by KC on Feb 15, 2015 12:19 AM
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