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I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.|
Sixty five years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 58 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 29 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 23 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!
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|melissa ♥||RE: Me Too|
Thank you for your prayers and everything you have done to get him prayers. We appreciate it so much. We will let you know how it goes.
|Kayla Wilson||RE: Wilson|
Yes stephanie parker is my relative. and infact she is my mother if your woindering. if you want i can send u a pic of us together and you can see the resamblence but yes i know stephsnie parker. oh and thanks i will ty to check my e-mail asap. i have jst been busy with school i have crct coming up nd finals too.
|Cari||Buck and Brad!|
Thank you so very much for visiting our Beloved Buck! Your tokens are beautiful and deeply appreciated!
We also lost a son, Aaron Dean Dolan. He was a Pedestrian, murdered by a drunken driver. Aaron was only 19 years old! The pain of such a loss remains with a parent for the rest of their lives! We understand that pain!
Easter Blessings to you and your family!
Added by Cari on Apr 19, 2014 5:40 PM
|Diane ღ||RE: Pumpkin Squirrles|
Hi, I am grateful you enjoyed it again. I wrote this in 2012 I wanted to share it with you again.
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock. Then, at that time Jesus called out with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Today is Good Friday, one of the saddest yet the most joyful days of the year. For many years on Good Friday the weather has changed to dark sky's and the winds rolled in. It lasts about an hour. I have always thought that God was reminding me of that moment when Jesus left this earth. The suffering was over, the debt was paid for us. The Lamb of God had fulfilled his destiny and salvation was ours to claim through repentance of our sins.
Just now, in Florida, it rained and the sky was ominous and threatening. Lightning danced across the sky with loud claps of thunder. It rolled in from the west and as it came upon the house it was beautiful, exciting, and if orchestrated by Steven Spielberg could not have been more beautifully displayed.
The rain came after and then the glorious rainbow with the sun gleaming colors of purple, green, yellow and blue. God's rainbow with the meaning of "he loves us, he keeps his word and he will be there in the evening of our lives."
As I watched the weather roll by and the sun's return. I could feel it's warmth, I could feel God's promises to us as humanity. In my own words, once a year we have a holy TEXT sent to us. It says "I lived, I died and I did it because I love you" You have my number, don't forget to call.
On this Good Friday I am sending you my faith, my hope and wishing you peace and love in your lives forever. This has been my message to you for 8 years. We can rejoice in a new beginning because that is what he bestows on us each and every Good Friday.
Each and every Easter Morning we start again. With the Faith that he is near, The peace he sends in knowing our future is in his good keeping, the hope that our loved ones can share in this amazing gift, and the love that can transpire between families no matter how much strife and differences we have, we are all one. It is all so easy when we come together to make it happen.
Then my soul shall rejoice in the LORD;
and delight in his salvation.
Added by Diane ღ on Apr 18, 2014 5:18 PM
l wish l had psychic abilities...haha. It was just pure coincidence l'm sorry to say. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your son...but l know he will be forever in your heart, God bless you.
Added by Legsie11 on Apr 17, 2014 1:14 PM
|GeorgiaCA||RE: Thank you|
Loved getting your note! Also, admire your Find A grave policies....
|Kayla Wilson||RE: Wilson/Parker|
thanks, and the wilsons im talking about are the ons in mfamily like if you look up william winchester wilson, thats m great gret geat grandfather thsnks agin
|Valenciaღ Angel of Mine 💕||Shirleen,|
Thank you for your beautiful message. I opened it today and I totally understand and relate to a lot, I'm ALOT like you. Yes please share the poem with me. I'm always searching for inspiring poems, quotes for myself and to share with others too. Thanks for thinking of Valencia and Asia, you are a Blessing, Shirleen
|Rita Seeley||Thank You|
You have certainly done a lot of interesting work for history and for genealogists. It must have been fascinating and frustrating.
Thank you for sharing with Find-A-Grave and thus all of us.
|Rita Seeley||RE: Chasta|
I found the name Christy Magdelene Olsen on the Millennium birth record on Ancestry.
I just figured Chasta was her nickname. And people born in the 1800's tended to be much more casual about actual names. Even Chasta might not have known. In fact, even the Millennium record could be wrong - it was typed and we don't get to see the original.
It is up to you, of course, if you want to change the name on Find-A-Grave. Especially since Chasta is only a very far removed relative for me.
I think the only way we can be sure is if we find her birth record in Utah. I know that I have found birth records on several of my relatives that come from the Utah archives. Who knows how long it will take to get all of these records online.
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