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Luana Dawn Alger (#46628170)
 member for 10 years, 7 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo What began as a search for my father, whom I had not seen since the age of 9, quickly blossomed into a marked desire to know more about my own ancestral history.

My interest peaked through the encouragement of my father, who told me of many stories passed down to him through his mother. He had also lost touch with his father as a child and, before he'd even have an interest of wanting to know his father on his own terms, his mother called him and his two sisters to her home where they all sat around her kitchen table as she informed them that their father had passed away.

That was in 1972 and, though it did not seem to be a big deal to him back then, as time wore on he'd come to regret not attempting to find the man who was partially responsible for bringing him into this world. Now, all he had were tales as seen through his mother's eyes, told to him when they did not interest him very much at all... but he somehow retained enough to pass them on to me and I started researching to help fill in the gaps of what he did not quite understand.

Though I was not able to pinpoint information on two specific women his mother had mentioned as being an integral part of his father's life before my father himself passed away, I did help him discover that many of the things his mother had told him were, in fact, true. I have since uncovered the specifics on the aforementioned two women, but my father was long deceased by the time I did. At this point, there's only two more allegories that I have yet to verify... With faith in the credibility of the source, I have no doubt that someday I will.

My primary contribution to this website comes in the form of the research I do. If I can attain copies of certs, records, photographs, etc., you can bet your bippy I am going to load them on to that person's memorial. If you think this is not the place for these because these items would not normally be at a person's burial site... Well, that's what a memorial site is all about. It's not their burial site. These documents serve to verify certain facets of a person's life and death. They help tell a story that one would never know simply by seeing a headstone buried in packed soil.

This is a hobby, an interest, that has become a passion of mine. I am not in competition with anyone to control the highest number of memorials on this site. I take my time, do my research, and add new memorials as I see they are needed. This means that there will probably not be many and, for most of them, they will almost always be related to me in some fashion.

But I have no intention of linking my family members back to Adam and Eve, just link as many as I can within my lifetime, is all. If, in doing so, I manage to get back to Adam & Eve... well I'd be the first one surprised!

Three things I think everyone should know:

1) I do not hold any copyrights to any of the material I load to someone's memorial, nor do I demand credit for them. All I ask is that you do not take a photo and claim that it is someone other than who I have stated it to be.

2) When I suggest an edit to a memorial, I often will send links to records as verification that what I am suggesting has merit. Those links are sent for review purposes only. Please do not copy them onto the memorials you manage.

3) I could care less what Find-a-Grave's policy is on asking for transfers. If I have either created or manage a memorial of someone who is not related to me and someone who is later asks for a transfer, consider it done!... and boo to the mo-mo's who wouldn't do the same! I refuse to hold anyone's ancestors hostage for the sake of numbers. It's stupid and childish and there is absolutely no "personal" thing to gain by doing it.


Dear Ancestor,
Your tombstone stands among the rest,
Neglected and alone.
The name and the date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

Author Unknown


Based on my research to date, I am directly linked to the following family surnames...

Paternal: Alger/Algers/Algar, Bliss, Cave/DeCave, Chambers, DeYarmon/DeYarmont, Elkins, Fry, Leech/Leach, Pettit/Petit/Padgett, Sloan, Snyder/Schneider

Maternal: Avens, Bird/Burd/Buyrd/Byrd, Cook/Koch, Crabtree, Cranfeld/Cranfield, Fuller, Hackler/Heckler/Heichler, Helm, Newcomb/Newcombe/Newcome, Peter/Peters, Shoemaker/Shoemacher, Sperry, Staubler, Tomson/Thomson/Thompson

The list of family surnames above is not comprehensive. I update it periodically as I have time, but am not going to update it one family name at a time... I'll add to it when I add to it.

- Luana Dawn ALGER

Last updated: 11 Nov 2013
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Nancy P. (Whetzel) Sperry
Note on Russell Bliss
Russell Eldridge Bliss b. abt 1917 died July 6, 1944 in France. Also buried in France. He is the son of Charles Grove Bliss and Amy Stella Anderson. Look at Morning Herald, Uniontown, PA, Obit of Amy Bliss, Oct 14, 1954,p. 2. Also, All WWII and Korean Conflick Veterans Interned Overseas.
Added by Nancy P. (Whetzel) Sperr... on Sep 23, 2014 4:47 PM
Kathi Lynn King
Hi Launa you might want to go back and look at your Alger/Algers in Monongahela. I have added death certs for some of them and you chould be able to copy them from there. Only 1906 to 1924 is available right now but as the 1925 to 1944 come available I will check for the one that is still missing a photo. Kathi

Added by Kathi Lynn King on Apr 29, 2014 3:05 PM
P.J. Schreibeis
RE: Gatto Family
Thank you so much, I do appreciate you turning the memorial over to me. I do have more to add. Sorry I did not get back to thank you sooner but I have been working on the family tree and did not check the message posts.
Added by P.J. Schreibeis on Apr 09, 2014 2:44 AM
RE: Re: Reffina Catherine Pettit-Alger

I was out yesterday and I did see t stone you are describing. I am also aware that memorial #19517439 has been in place for some time. It has the info from that stone on the memorial. I was aware of the other memorial being there. I thought that there may have been some other issued with dates & such. FYI, that is the only Alger grave I saw marked in that cemetery.
Also, it is obvious MANY buried there are in unmarked graves.
Added by BIRDMAN on Mar 30, 2014 1:49 PM
Natalie Herdman
Inman family
I'm not related either.

Thanks for the updates,
Added by Natalie Herdman on Mar 12, 2014 7:25 AM
Odell Sharpe
Since my site has more information than the other site and since I did try to get hold of the creator of the other site before posting mine, I respectfully reject your request for me to delete my site. Thank you for your interest.
Added by Concetta on Nov 29, 2013 7:17 AM
Kathi Lynn King
Hi Luana I am not related to the majority of the memorials I have created. I am not concerned with the number of memorials or losing them either. The memorial in question was a relative of yours and that memorial had a wealth of genealogical information the easiest solution was for me to delete mine it wasn't a problem. If you notice any others like that let me know. Kathi
Added by Kathi Lynn King on Oct 17, 2013 12:53 PM
Kathi Lynn King
Mary Alger
Hi Luana I deleted my memorial for Mary F. Alger and just uploaded the tombstone picture to yours. It will save you from having to transfer everything. Kathi
Added by Kathi Lynn King on Oct 17, 2013 7:48 AM
Dana Cook
Martha Alger
Hi Luana,

Thanks so much for all the info to add to Martha's memorial. You're one of the best researchers on this site.

Added by Dana Cook on Sep 29, 2013 1:12 PM
Bartley Connelly
It was just a guess that his dates might be on his father's marker--I don't know how else they would have ended up on the cemetery list. If you enter a Photo Request perhaps someone will get a picture that will help clear up this little mystery.

It sure is true that every answer raises several more questions. And there's no end to wondering about the details of our ancestors' lives.
Added by RobMinteer57 on Sep 27, 2013 7:51 AM
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