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Cliff Blanchard (#47954981)
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Bio Photo Long before the computer my mother wrote letters tracing our families. It's been over 40 years since I started working on our tree/branches. Currently tracing: Blanchard, Lanham, Carson, Carter, Coleman, Ashby, Williams, Taylor, Lindsey, Bough, Allen, Bogusz, Boyd, and Grant. Now that our daughters are married, I help with the Yocom, Batchelor and Wallace trees. I've walked cemeteries in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. I'm a member of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society and its' Cemetery Committee; and the Clay County Genealoigal Society. Two years ago I became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. As a prior newspaper and a portrait photographer, I enjoy taking photographs of headstones.

When I walk a cemetery, I will photograph every headstone in a particular area. Later when I find a memorial has already been established, I delete my photo preventing any duplication. If no memorial has ever been established, I research the person using census records,, obituaries, marriage records and cemetery indexes. Usually this confirms what the headstone reflexes, and helps fill in missing information. If a memorial has been established without a photo, I will add my photo thus allowing family living elsewhere to know the condition of the headstone.

I also link family members, which allows locating other relatives easier. Remember, siblings can be linked to parents not the reverse. It's a simple procedure. If I've posted something wrong, please let me know. I'll correct any mistakes in a timely manner. I can't EDIT a memorial I've transferred, and I will transfer memorials that aren't family. Check FAG guidelines.

I realize the census and obituaries are excellent source of information, however, like anything else they contain errors. Whenever human hands are envolved, mistakes occur. I've found errors in names, dates of birth/death, and locations. If you want me to add something to a memorial from an obituary, it's MY policy not to add living relatives for privacy reasons. Please respect my preference.

As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, I will always honor a fellow servicemen.

My daughter, grandson and I took a trip to Ohio County, Kentucky guided by my Find-A-Grave friend, Helen McKeown. Our goal was to find more family connections, and we did. We visited: Milton Taylor Cemetery, Morton Cemetery, Sunnyside Cemetery, West Providence Cemetery, Centertown Cemetery, Waltons Creek Cemetery, Carson Cemetery and Beulah Cemetery. I saw where my father went to school in Centertown, and lived. (Both are now gone). We found several Revolutionary War connections.
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Sandy Whitney
John Ray Bell
Cliff - you have listed John Ray Bell's birth as 1984. It should be 1894. Thanks. - Sandy
Added by Sandy Whitney on Jan 26, 2016 7:54 PM
Judy Park
RE: Blanchards
Hi there Cliff, Yes I have seen Walters I go to Elmwood a couple times a year for my Mom&Dad and I have My Grandfather Ream Francis there, Which is Walters Brother, And Also my GrandMother Velma Langley. William Francis also is there. My E-mail is Drop me a line and I can get your address. I have Tons of stuff. Were you able to get a copy of Mrs. McKeowns book? I got a copy, it is full of stuff. I went and stayed with Virginia Ross Twice now, and was able to copy a lot of her stuff, She is a walking History book, Love her bunches, Im hoping to go again this summer.I was able to go to the Francis reunion and meet relatives I never knew. I was working on the Blanchards last night and kept on getting the James w. mixed up with the John W. But I think I got it straight now. Im from Hammond but have lived in Hobart for the pass 20 years. send me an e-mail so i can get your address and I will see what pictures I can locate of the Blanchards, I know I had a family picture of Violas whole family when she was a little girl,will try and find it. its on a c.d. somewhere.
Added by Judy Park on Jan 22, 2016 7:37 PM
Judy Park
If you ever need me to do a look up for you here in Lake County Indiana Let me Know when the snow is gone, I would be happy to.
Added by Judy Park on Jan 21, 2016 11:59 PM
Judy Park
Hi Cliff,
Thanks for all the hard work you do, I live in Hammond Indiana, Im from the Francis family Our lines run together, I go to Ohio County Ky to visit Virginia Ross and she has tons of info I was able to copy a lot of her stuff. I was trying to trace Viola Francis family and it brought me to your bio. So that answered my Question. Once again thank you. Judy
Added by Judy Park on Jan 21, 2016 11:54 PM
jim gillis
Coombes at Calcutta Cemetery
Thanks for your hard work and the great photos.
Added by jim gillis on Sep 19, 2015 4:48 PM
Kathie AAH
Noah Latham
Thank you so much, Cliff, for the awesome tombstone photo you added. Our family greatly appreciates you doing this for us! Blessings to you & yours!!
Added by Kathie AAH on Sep 18, 2015 4:58 PM
RE: Jacob Burger
I have gone thru & added Jacob to his family where ever possible as I believe your research to be right on - thank you for this.
Added by Lawsonail on Sep 06, 2015 10:42 PM
RE: Jacob Burger
Yes - Jacob's bro was John Burger - they were in Clay Co, IN & went to IL (if I'm not mistaken).

If your theory is correct abt Jacob & it makes sense - I would guess they went west (KS) for the farm land as aft the war quite a few veterans moved westward (IN, IL, IA, NE & KS) for that very reason.
Added by Lawsonail on Sep 06, 2015 9:18 PM
RE: Burger Family
Seems you are doing a grand job (please continue your great work).
John Alexander Burger's father was Jacob Burger who md Susan Winklepleck - Jacob's bro, John, md Susan's sister, Martha Winklepleck - does this ring any bells??
Added by Lawsonail on Sep 04, 2015 11:02 PM
RE: John Alexander Burger (FAG#123581618)
Oh Thank you so very much for your correction on the burial location of John - it is so appreciated.
You stated you had been researching the Burger family for quite sometime - have you come upon the 2 Burger brothers who md Winklepleck sisters?
Added by Lawsonail on Sep 04, 2015 7:36 PM
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