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Jan Franco (#46625834)
 member for 15 years, 10 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

Please state your relationship when making transfer requests. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

You may use my findagrave photos for your personal use, with attribution; anything to be published - please contact me for permission. Click on photo for larger format.

If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
Your local library or historical society can also assist you. Ask for the person most familiar with the cemeteries or the history of the town.

For additional help visit the findagrave forums.
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Edward Galligan Photo
Thank you for the 2 photos. I have waited a long time for these. The are much appreciated.
Added by SilverRose on Jun 23, 2016 6:08 PM
Young Gravestone Photo
Thank you so very much for taking a photo of my Dads cousins gravestone in my hometown. Family from around the country will appreciate this.
Added by J on Jun 23, 2016 3:55 PM
geoff bridgman
Watrous Beckwith Smith
This person was our great grandfather and father of Harry Bridgman-Smith, our grandfather on my father's side of the family. I'd like to know if any further information or pictures are available pertaining to Watrous Beckwith Smith. Thank you for your help.
Added by geoff bridgman on Jun 19, 2016 8:45 AM
Jared Goodrich
Son of Margaret Orvis, William Goodrich has something amiss in the memorial. There is a copy of a publication which both refers to the wrong person entirely and the narrative states he is son of Jared Goodrich and Zillah Betts.
Added by LCSGoodrich on Jun 17, 2016 1:11 PM
Thank you again, Jan, for all you have done in memorializing so many of my relatives! You're awesome!
Added by Sedgwick2Graham on Jun 15, 2016 11:54 PM
New Cemetery?
Hi Jan. I just noticed that St. Lawrence Garden Mausoleum was added as a different cemetery from St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven. Send me an e-mail, I noticed several cemeteries added now that do not exist.

Thank You
Added by Son_of_Italy on Jun 14, 2016 2:37 PM
Find A Grave Memorial# 10084651, Julian Kalinauskas
I was wondering by chance if you are related to the Kalinauskas family found in Connecticut. I have been trying to find a listing for names in the CT cemeteries. I am searching for Ralph and Veronica and can't get anywhere from here in Ohio. I tried the links you have listed in your bio but didn't see an inscription list. Thanks, Kathleen
Added by Kathleen on Jun 11, 2016 11:45 AM
Lester Family
Thanks very much for so quickly processing my edits for the members of the Lester family. Peter Lester and Anna Street Lester were my 5th great grandparents and I am trying to connect their children to them!
Added by djd25 on Jun 05, 2016 4:13 PM
Lori Jarvis
Fitch / Platt Updates
Thank you for helping to post the updated information on Samuel II and Elizabeth Platt Fitch. I appreciate your help and all that you have done.


Added by Lori Jarvis on Jun 04, 2016 9:39 PM
The Todd's of Scotland
Thankful ?Todd? Punderson (Memorial# 24246213)

I was researching my family line and came across this information about Thankful ?Todd? daughter of John and Hannah Todd,I was asking if you could make the correction on your Memorial for Thankful ?Todd? Punderson (Memorial# 24246213)
Here is my proof:

David Punderson Jr married b. June 29,1716 d, May 5,1777; m. Dec 20,1739 Thankful daughter of John and Hannah Holt

Information comes from:
North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
Added by The Todd's of Scotland on Jun 02, 2016 5:25 AM
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