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Pamala Metzger Gammill & Teresa Shumaker McMinn (#47738206)
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Bio Photo Hello, Teresa and I have been friends for years but only in the last couple of years did we discover our "unnatural" obsession with cemeteries. Our families think we are nuts and maybe we are but we LOVE being able to help people connect with their loved ones who have passed on. We think that Find A Grave is one of, if not THE best site for family researchers. Each memorial, if you are lucky, has the deceased name, birth and death dates, place of bith and death, place of burial, parents, children, siblings, and can help complete someones family tree. It helps loved ones who live thousands of miles away to be able to see the headstone and/or final resting place of their ancestors. We have made it our goal to find, document and photograph each and every cemetery in Choctaw Co. MS. (where we live), the ones that are known and especially the ones that are abandoned and forgotten. It doesn't matter how far back in the woods we have to hike, nor the millions of virgin thorns we seem to attract, all the mud, water, chiggers, snakes, rain, snow, sleet or hail.......ok maybe not so much the last five things. We are dedicated to our "passion" and plan to venture out to other counties that need our attention. God Bless all of our fellow "Find A Gravers" for all that you are doing for Find A Grave.

Note: In light of some "negative" messages we have received lately I would like to make something clear.............Teresa and I are NOT in this for the number or memorials added, or the number of memorials managed, or the number of photo requests fulfilled or the number of photos we take. We are also NOT in this for the credit or the recognition. We are in this simply and more importantly to help people who are doing their family history, to find their ancestors to help complete their family tree for themselves and their future family. We are also in this to make sure that people who have passed on have something to show they were here, their life was important and they are remembered..........When we post a memorial or a photo we go to the cemetery they are listed in and make POSITIVELY SURE they are where they are listed. So many times we have photographed someone's headstone only to find out they are listed in the wrong cemetery. If someone lives out of town, state, or even the country and go to the cemetery that their loved one's are listed in, only to be disappointed because they can't find their stone anywhere. We have also noticed that sometimes even the obituary is wrong, so we never list someone until we have gone to the cemetery and checked it out for ourselves. We take a lot of pride in what we are doing and it is important to us that we do it right. When we get an e-mail or message of thanks it makes all our hard, but very rewarding work, worth it........
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Sue K
RE: Rains Family
Hi Pam and Teresa. Gosh could we be long lost cousins? Here is my email: Please write. My line is a Napoleon Bonaparte Rains who comes to Sunflower/LeFlore Counties and marries several ladies between 1870/1908 but seems to marry in several different counties. I am trying to connect John Shagline Rains and a couple other names together therefore if we could it would be better if we might communicate by email. I look forward tp hearing from you. For me this is exciting to maybe find my roots. Any idea where John Shagline was born? Thank you, Sue K
Added by Sue K on Sep 24, 2014 7:51 PM
Sue K
Elizabeth Rains
40154118 ID #

Are you related to this Rains family? I am hoping I have found a link to my Rains in Choctaw County, Ms. Thank you, Sue Knudsen
Added by Sue K on Sep 22, 2014 8:02 PM
Jim Simpson
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Thank you so much for the photos in Brister Cemetery. Grady (113495219) was a wonderful co-worker of mine and a really fine fellow. I planned to take a trip from Birmingham just to get his photo, but your photo is wonderful.

Thanks for Edna and Emily's photos also, and all the other Find a Grave work you do.

Added by Jim Simpson on Sep 22, 2014 10:57 AM
Rita & Lee Gordon
Juelle Gordon
Thanks for the photo
Added by Rita & Lee Gordon on Sep 17, 2014 1:33 PM
Rita & Lee Gordon
Alexander D. Gordon
Thanks for the photo
Added by Rita & Lee Gordon on Sep 16, 2014 5:09 PM
Lulu Lowry
Y'all are wonderful!
Thank you so much for venturing out in this heat to take the photo of Katherine Moseley's grave - it is wonderful to be able to "visit" from far away. And I just loved reading your bio - you two sound a lot like my husband and I. I agree with everything you have to say about Find-A-Grave.

My best,
Added by Lulu Lowry on Sep 16, 2014 3:31 PM
Rod Morken
Andrew Edwards
Thank you for the headstone photos. They look great.
Added by Rod Morken on Sep 15, 2014 10:29 PM
Headstone of Lizzie Coggins
Thank you so much for the pic of the headstone of one of my ancestors, Lizzie Coggins. I really appreciate your time.
Added by travisrick on Sep 15, 2014 10:13 AM
Douglas Landin
Emma Reid
Many thanks for taking the time to post these photographs, very much appreciated. As I'm in England I couldn't simply take a trip to the cemetery to take them myself so once again many thanks
Added by Douglas Landin on Sep 15, 2014 1:49 AM
Don Ort
Good morning ladies. Thank you so much for the photo of Ellen Sugg's headstone. She was a remarkable lady I am proud to have in my family tree. Thanks again and have a great day.
Added by Don Ort on Sep 12, 2014 10:24 AM
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