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Betty Frain (#46858568)
 member for 8 years, 8 months, 2 days
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Twenty-five years ago a friend told me she had a new hobby, genealogy, and how much fun she was having. I immediately contacted my mother who informed me that we owned three family Bibles. I have been deep into this ever since. I started with my mother's family in Loudoun County, VA. Her parents were third cousins, a fact she did not know. Of course I added my father's family, my husband's family, and both my daughter-in-law's and son-in-law's families. Then by adding wives, mothers, sisters, brothers, ancestors, descendants, I have ended up with a database of about 37,000. All are related to me or to someone I am related to.
Most of my time has been spent in Loudoun County, Virginia. I wrote two books on Union Cemetery in Leesburg, a book on Monocacy Cemetery in Bealsville, Montgomery County, MD, Death Records of Fairfax County, VA, and co-authored books on the Death Records of Loudoun County, VA and Marriages after 1850 in Loudoun County, Va. I have also been involved in the preparation of Cemetery Books published by Thomas Balch Library. All of these books are available through Heritage Books.

I am more than happy to share any information I have. My cemetery pictures are there for anyone who needs them. They have been taken over the last 19 years. I will ask that you let me know if you are using a family picture because that means you are probably at least a cousin and I want to know you.

If you see errors, please let me know. Let's get all these people linked! But PLEASE everyone, use the Edit button on the memorial that needs changing! It takes about 2 minutes to make changes using that button. It can take 1/2 an hour or more to find the memorial you would like changed, if you don't use that button, and often I cannot be sure if I am looking at the correct person even then. In that case I may spend an hour or more looking. That takes away from someone else's time. Be fair!


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Michele Polignano
My name is Stephen Spurr, I am a physician in Herndon, northern Virginia.
I recently found out I was the son of a man by the name of Michele Polignano , who was vice consul of Italy in Aden ( now Yemen ) in 1953 ( year I was born ). I have been trying unsuccessfully to connect or find information about the family.
I somehow connected to your posting and the grave of Michele Polignano who was born 1907 which is the birth date I have for my father (9/25/1907) , but I have no idea if it's the same person, it seems unlikely, but one never knows.

I would very much appreciate any information about Michele or any other Polignanos that may be related to you. Any pictures? I have a few pictures I could send you.
Thank you
Stephen Spurr ( Polignano)
Added by Spurr-Polignano on Apr 17, 2015 9:03 AM
Richeleine Rainey Edwards
Thank you so much for the transfer.....Was there a possible husband with her at GOH..? Possible A.J. Edwards just curious trying to now identify her husband.
Added by **Shadows** on Apr 14, 2015 10:03 PM
Memorial 138881717/ Family Connection
Hi I'm Susan and was wondering if you are related to Richeleine. If you are would you have any genealogy information on her if not would you be willing to transfer management of her memorial to me. Richeleine is my great aunt. Thank you so much in advance and you finding her grave has filled in many pieces to my research..Thank you..
Added by **Shadows** on Apr 14, 2015 10:16 AM
Memorial# 134091274
Are you related to Mabel Lee Walton - memorial #134091274? If not would you be willing to transfer her memorial?
Added by RouteRoots on Apr 12, 2015 12:02 PM
Sharon Catalano
Ernest Coe and Grace Fay Booth
Hello Betty,
Thanks so much for the transfers of Ernest and Grace Booth to me. I appreciate it.

Also.....A special thank you for all you do!
Added by Sharon Catalano on Apr 03, 2015 8:50 AM
Krista AQ Thompson
Berryville Baptist
Hi, Betty! I have a question--as I'm sure you know, someone did a real number on Berryville, deleting a huge swath of memorials in a grand tantrum. While the memorials have been recreated, the photos are missing. My question is this--are you planning to reshoot this cemetery? If not, I can--it might take me a month or so to get out there, but I can take a day and reshoot it, likely in its entirety. I'm building a list of memorials in need of a replacement shots, and can work from that. If you're planning on doing this, let me know so I don't get in your way. If not, it sounds like a really nice day for my husband and me.

Hope you're well, let me know!


Oh, also--I have maybe two dozen screen shots from before she deleted. I took them last spring, when a former member was accepting edits, then deleting and recreating the memorials to hide. Obviously, I can't use the photos, but I can use the information and links. If any of your Berryville memorials took a hit, let me know, I might have the link information in the screen shots.
Added by Krista AQ Thompson on Mar 31, 2015 9:28 PM
Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Thank you for transferring Elsie Cornwell to me. I'm working hard to get all the Cornwells linked.
Added by Cindy Cornwell McCachern on Mar 28, 2015 12:05 PM
Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Thank you
Thanks for the Cornwell transfers.
Added by Cindy Cornwell McCachern on Mar 25, 2015 11:55 AM
Carolyn Murray Greer
Murray memorials
Betty, should you ever decide to leave Find A Grave, I would so love it if you would transfer Murray memorials to me. You have a treasure in all your connected memorials, and Murray is my maiden name.

I hope it is not out of line to make this request. Thank you.

Carolyn Murray Greer
Added by Carolyn Murray Greer on Mar 22, 2015 12:54 AM
Carolyn Murray Greer
RE: Murray
You wrote me this message:
Somewhere I have a copy of the Murray Bible for this line. My mother turned down the original but they gave her a transcript instead. If I can find it I will send it. Will need a email address.

Added by Betty Frain on Feb 21, 2015 12:12 PM

Please, yes I would love a copy of the transcript. What a wonderful surprise. My email is

Carolyn Murray Greer
Added by Carolyn Murray Greer on Mar 22, 2015 12:51 AM
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