|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. For 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 1639 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 1642 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. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also 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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|Cara Cameron||RE: Deming-Halliday|
Thanks, Don. From the extensive research I've done on John Deming, I am pretty sure he was the son of Zebulon Deming, son of Josiah and Prudence (Steele) Deming, but I'm still looking for that absolute proof! I'll let you know if I find it! Cara
|Kat||That cemetery was not created by onyone on the site|
it was one of the original findagrave cemeteries that was taken from GNIS . When Jim Tipton made the site to be able to allow non-celebrity (famous) llisting, he used already known cemeteries to start the database.
Added by Kat on Jul 17, 2015 5:32 PM
|Anonymous||Mary Baker Robinson, Memorial# 49012441|
Thank you very much for the clarification on the death dates of the various Mary Robinsons! It also agrees with one of the sources I mentioned earlier. It is so nice when people are thorough and willing to share information!
|Twig Of The Tree||RE: Jabez Bingham 3rd vs. Joshua Bingham|
Wow... That's Great! I'm glad my suspicions were correct. Only I think "your" Jabez should be a Jr. or II and not a 3rd....as "My" Jabez was the "Senior" or original Jabez.
I created the parent's memorials because I could not find them...and was looking for children to connect and found Your Jabez...now we have 3 generations (at least) connected together.
Thanks for getting right back to me! ---Twig
|Joan Kennedy||Paul Robinson/Sullivan Robinson|
Thank you for information posted on Find A Grave memorials #64812472 and #64812469. I, too, am descended from Rev John Robinson. In Holland on business, I visited the church where he is supposedly buried in the floor but arrived 30 minutes after closing. Your posting is the first I have heard of a painting of the send off to America being hung in the Capital. Your work is appreciated.
Joan Robinson Kennedy
|GrammyJan||Sarah Tracy Partridge|
Wow! Wonderful memorial. Thank you for all of your hard work researching her. She is my 10th great grandmother.
|Phyllis||RE: Wilba Loraine (Crumley) Dillinger|
Don, yes Wilba was my Aunt, but by marriage. She
married my Uncle Les Dillinger. I knew the family
quite well, we all lived in Afton, Ottawa Co., Ok., at one time. Sorry I don't have anything else
on the family. I knew their brother real well also, and the irony was I lived in Ardmore, Ok.,
where he was killed while on duty. And I was called to Jury duty at the time of his killer's trial. I had to be excused because of the family connection.
Added by Phyllis on Jun 21, 2015 9:20 PM
|jcq||RE: Samuel E. Crumley 125869458|
Registration date has been added as a caption under Samuel Crumley's WWI draft registration card.
Added by jcq on Jun 19, 2015 3:54 PM
|Ross Adam Wood Sr.||RE: Mary Ann Borglum Ellsworth|
No problem, I understand. My source is ancestry.com but there are mistakes within that database as well.
I will be happy to add any information to her memorial you would send to me.
Added by JFI on Jun 13, 2015 11:03 AM
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