Are you a genealogy addict ? Ask me about joining GoClub-Belmont County, a private social networking site where members share info. and photos regarding Belmont Co. genealogy.
I'm also looking for volunteers to help add names to Belmont County cemeteries.
My brother "Skip" and I enjoy genealogy. He's my expert regarding Belmont county, OH. We both take photos of tombstones, especially of family members. Some of the surnames are Bain, Bane, Blaine, Budd, Curtis, Giffen, Giffin, Griffith, Haines, Hepburn, Hinkle, Keyser, Long, Milligan, Pond, Spears, Shahan, and Terrill.
I started using the FAG app on my iPhone to photograph tombstones and simultaneously record their gps location. It's so easy. I enjoy using it.
UPDATE: Skip started a GIFFEN DNA Group. https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/giffen-giffin/about
In addition to Belmont county, OH, we explore Ohio and Brooke counties in WV. I travel between Belmont Co and Columbus, OH. So, I make a few stops along the way, such as Cambridge or Zanesville.
I look for family tombstones across the country and try to link them back to Belmont Co., OH, Ohio Co., WV, and PA.
I have several GIFFEN / GIFFIN family trees at ancestry.com. There's my Giffen family which started with Robert and Mary (Bane) Giffen. Plus a family tree for the Andrew Giffin family. I recently started a Simon Giffin tree.
My ancestry.com tree name is "Terry Magyar"
More recently, I've added family trees for Giffens/Giffins in the following Ohio counties; Athens, Butler, Coshocton, Licking, Miami & Hamilton, and Ross County. Many of these Scotch-Irish lines can be followed back to the late 1700s, in Penn.
I presently live in Franklin Co., OH, but grew up in Belmont Co., OH.
Please contact me (use the EDIT function) if need an item corrected of if you have additional information regarding any of the these families.
I highly recommend the Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society's book "Your Guide to Belmont Co. Cemeteries". ($20 + shipping)
************ IMPORTANT *********** You may use my photos, however I ask you credit your source, not just for me but for all the findagrave volunteers. **********************************
Mary Giffen photo request #23917512 Some info on Mary: she was buried in the "County Grounds" which means the county paid for the grave plot. I have previously photographed all existing stones in that area and there truly are just vast areas of unmarked graves, hundreds of them. Since I had not posted a photo to her memorial, that would mean she has no stone. I looked for a death notice but found none. Since the cemetery records indicate she was 59 years old, at this point I believe you can only estimate her year of birth based on that. They did not specify state of birth or exact death location. You may wish to delete your photo request since the only photo that can be added is one of the overall area. Sorry this isn't going to help you much, but thought you'd want to know. Any questions, let me know.
Mathew Giffen #30014691 I do not transfer out of guidelines. I found several articles in the newspaper and added them to his memorial. Please remove the scanned article you posted as a photo as those are expressly against the rules of Findagrave. Thanks.
As far as I could tell, yes, she was. I saw the note to look for her husband, which I did. I wasn't able to find another Giffen anywhere near where Mary was buried. According to findagrave there is one other Giffen headstone with two names attached to it: Gertrude and William Herbert Giffen. Was Mary's husband named William and perhaps married twice? If so, there is already of photo of that one, but I don't know where it is located.
Let me know if there is anything else you are hoping to find. Jennifer