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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as elimination of downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. For example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1639 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1642 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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John Parsons
Thank you Don, I have added his mother to his Memorial.
Added by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2016 7:30 AM
Mike Weeks
RE: FAG 49303477
If you wish to learn what Hugh did directly related to his military service, then if you're a direct relative, contact the Military Personnel Center of the National Archives in St. Louis. You need his military service file(s). If not, have someone who is, do so.

A quick look at indicates that at the time of his passing he was "assistant to the port director, 3rd Naval District." It also states that prior to the war he was "European Manager of the U.S. Lines". It also simply states he served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War I.

So, most likely he was on active duty in WWI, not so between the wars, and may have been (or not) during WWII. He was in the naval reserves from 1917 until his passing. has multiple naval officer registers.

Hope this helps some.

Added by Mike Weeks on Jun 16, 2016 2:03 AM
Mike Weeks
RE: FAG 49303477
Hi Don -

Very nice write up. Small correction: Frank did not hold the rank of LTJG when he graduated from Annapolis. He held that rank when he earned his wings in 1940. Upon graduating his rank was that of an Ensign.

Added by Mike Weeks on Jun 15, 2016 3:40 PM
Jordan Hill
Good morrow coz!
Hi there. I think we're related! Helen Heath Prickitt Fernon was my maternal great great grandmother. I would like to thank you for putting in all this work.

I don't know if it interests you, but I came researching my maternal line because apparently the mtDNA haplogroup is kind of rare (Iris, specifically I1a1b). You have really helped by setting all this up. Thank you!
Added by Jordan Hill on Jun 10, 2016 7:21 AM
Betty Best
RE: FAG #17477486
her first husband was named Henry Deming. Maiden name was O'Brien - from Genealogy of the Descendants of John Deming of Wethersfield, Connecticut'Brien&f=false
Added by Betty Best on Jun 09, 2016 11:28 AM
Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Added by Sara on Jun 04, 2016 9:06 AM
Kandice Johnson Williams
RE: Eliza Howell Fuller
You're welcome. So sorry it's no longer legible.
Added by Kandice Johnson Williams on Jun 02, 2016 3:27 PM
RE: Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
No hurry...thanks for keeping it on your radar!!

Added by Sara on May 29, 2016 7:10 PM
Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Please send an explanation to Find A Grave...if you haven't already...explaining that Old Scotland Cemetery North is Hale's Old Scotland Cemetery and 511-1...and that New Scotland Cemetery South is Hale's New Scotland Cemetery and 511-2. I think that Find A Grave would be more receptive to you since you originally posted the explanation on the cemetery pages. Perhaps you can even take out the North/South names as the cemeteries are correct in the Hale Listings names and the town knows them as just Old/New Scotland Cemeteries.

You could explain that Old Scotland Cemetery is on a very steep hill and is north of New Scotland Cemetery etc.

Contributors are getting very confused as to which cemetery is which. They read your explanation on the cemeteries pages and think that Old Scotland Cemetery is not at all in the Hale Listings...but it is as 511-1.

Plus this erroneous information is on some memorial pages but the photographers who have been up to these cemeteries know that what is presently on the cemetery pages is not true.

Now new cemeteries are being created...with just one burial but nonetheless just plain Old Scotland had to write to that person as to the correct explanation/Hale Listings. So I think this solution would prevent any further confusion.

Thanks so much and hope your family is doing well. Let me know if there is a problem.
Added by Sara on May 29, 2016 3:56 AM
RE: Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Wow...what a mistake I have made...must pay closer attention to the names/details!!! Will put the photos on Abigail Robinson's memorial page and delete my erroneous page under Thomas' name.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention,
Added by Sara on May 24, 2016 1:04 PM
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