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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. 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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RE: Your memorial 52532104
Hello Don. I am out of town will get in touch next week
Added by Carole on Jul 30, 2015 10:06 PM
Linda Mac
RE: Henry Howland [34785083] and wife Mary
Are you claiming 6 factual errors in the sketch of Henry and 4 factual errors regarding wife Mary made by Robert Charles Anderson? Have you submitted them to him? How has he responded?
Added by Linda Mac on Jul 30, 2015 4:39 PM
David D Holt
RE: FAG 47934415
I was finally able to figure out how to remove that photo. But evidently I cannot edit my flower. This Pierce Park and Riverwalk you mention, is this a cemetery where he's buried and does he have a headstone?
Added by David D Holt on Jul 28, 2015 8:17 PM
David D Holt
RE: FAG 47934415
okay, I will. Would you mind sharing any photo's you might have for him on F.A.G. page? I don't understand, he was slain with Capt Pierce at that spot and that plaque commemorates it. Was he reburied elsewhere? He's my 8th great grandfather and I'd like to know.
Added by David D Holt on Jul 28, 2015 7:56 PM
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
Added by Cara Cameron on Jul 19, 2015 1:32 PM
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
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!
Added by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 10:45 AM
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 "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 we have 3 generations (at least) connected together.
Thanks for getting right back to me! ---Twig
Added by Twig Of The Tree on Jul 10, 2015 6:35 AM
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
Added by Joan Kennedy on Jul 03, 2015 6:18 PM
Sarah Tracy Partridge
Wow! Wonderful memorial. Thank you for all of your hard work researching her. She is my 10th great grandmother.
Added by GrammyJan on Jun 29, 2015 12:45 PM
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