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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.

Note: Unless you use the Edit button to ask for transfers (please do not ask on my bio page), your request will be ignored. Please do it correctly, as it makes your request much easier to fulfill. Also, if you are a member for a few days, do not ask for groups of transfers. The idea is to maintain the pages, not simply gather relatives and then forget about them.
Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.

The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, they do not know you are out there somewhere. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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William Hurst
Could you please transfer all Hurst's, Witt's and Hasty's at Rocky Springs Cemetery in Bridgeport, AL please. These are my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles. Thank you
Added by William Hurst on Jul 22, 2014 7:33 AM
Connie Pannell
Mattie Doss
I have requested through the edit on Mattie Doss's(19106325) memorial that her parents, Julius Henry(36563670) and Sallie O.(36563701) McCollum, and her spouse, William Alec(19106331) Doss, be added to her memorial. She is the sister of my Grandfather Levi E. McCollum. Thank You.
Added by Connie Pannell on Jul 21, 2014 12:23 PM
K McCarthy
Thank you for transfer of Blanche Burrows
Thank you for the memorial transfer of Blanche Torrisi Burrows. I would have never found her gravesite without the memorial you set up. I knew Alabama, but not the city. I have updated her memorial and made connections.
Thank you very much.
Added by K McCarthy on Jul 21, 2014 8:18 AM
J Richards & Sr J. PAT
My memorial was created in 2011 and the other memorial was created a year later, 2012, which makes that memorial a duplicate.

I am also not sure why the records indicated that the person's surname was Richards and this other memorial is for "PAT"?

Can you clarify?
Added by a2 on Jul 17, 2014 12:02 PM
Beth Johnson
Martha Garner
You asked where Martha A. "Mattie" Hardin Garner (#58864154) got the last name Garner. Her second husband, whom she married 15 Jul 1905 in Atlanta, was Josias Hawkins Garner (#88018396).
Added by Beth Johnson on Jul 17, 2014 8:21 AM
pat scroggins sutherland
cora lee skiles
can u please turn over cora lee skiles this is my mothers niece thank you
Added by pat scroggins sutherland on Jul 16, 2014 1:16 PM
Hazel Clack
RE: John Warren
Actually there are 4 catagories...(1)Graves, which I would think is for the headstone photo, (2)Person, (3)Family and (4)Other. I would think that 'Other' would include things like Death Certificates.
Added by Hazel Clack on Jul 13, 2014 11:51 PM
Elizabeth Grogan
Many, many thanks to you for the transfer of this memorial. I greatly appreciate your kindness and wish you all the best. God bless! :)
Added by Arabelle on Jul 13, 2014 2:32 PM
Birthplace for Frank C. Lawshe
The bio for Frank states, "unsure about the Minnesota birthplace:" Peter Freeland Lawshe and Julia Cotton Lawshe lived in Rochester, Olmstead County, Minnesota for quite a few years. (See the Minnesota state census records.) They had ten children. The first two were born in Indiana, the next six in Minnesota and the last two in Georgia.
Added by Susan on Jul 13, 2014 6:12 AM
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Arminda A. Wood Foster
Thanks! It turned out that she wasn't one of my relations, but I wanted the info I had come across to be put to good use. ~~Carol
Added by Carol's Genealogy Stuff on Jul 12, 2014 6:51 PM
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