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Bryan S. Godfrey (#46982727)
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Bio Photo "Have you FAGged your relatives lately?"
For the most part, I limit my FAG.com contributions to relatives, with exceptions made for friends, acquaintances, relatives of relatives, or relatives of those I know. I gladly process transfers or edits upon request, in a timely manner. I am not the type who would record an entire public cemetery, but I do tabulate churchyards, family plots, or other smaller cemeteries in which the majority of burials are related to me.

In 2014, after having a genealogy.com website since 2000, which had become voluminous with links, photographs, and files consisting of descendant and ancestor reports or charts, I deleted it due to ancestry.com buying out genealogy.com and phasing out all such sites. So for now, my only online venue for my genealogy work is what I have submitted to FAG and Facebook.

I reside in the West End of Henrico Co., VA, near Richmond, where I work as a mathematics and social studies educator. I hold Bachelor's degrees in History and Mathematical Sciences from College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively, and a Master of Education from University of Richmond. I have been interested in genealogy, historic and environmental preservation, and travel since childhood. I am a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Richmond), Manakin Episcopal Church (Powhatan Co., VA), Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Colonial Wars, Jamestowne Society, Huguenot Society of Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Society of Mareen Duvall Descendants, and several museums or historical societies. My contributions to FAG began in 2012, after 16 years of adding or downloading over 250,000 names into my Family Tree Maker file. I consider FAG an extension of my ongoing FTM work, my Facebook genealogy postings, and other efforts, a way to make my efforts and those of others more accessible. Because I deleted and reposted updated files in my website so often, FAG memorials are a more permanent way of sharing information, photographs, and graves of individal relatives, especially if they are linked to parents, spouses, and children. One adjustment in using FAG is that females are listed by the name on their grave, not necessarily their maiden name, whereas standard genealogy practice is to enter women by their maiden names on charts, in books, or in genealogy software.

My grandparents, all 8 of my great-grandparents, 12 of my 16 great2-grandparents, 15 of my 32 great3-grandparents, and only 9 of my 63 great4-grandparents (yes, I have 63 instead of the expected 64 due to a duplicate great4-grandfather) have marked graves that I have visited, and I know where several more of these ancestors in the first 7 generations are buried but their graves are unmarked. I also take pride in having pictures or portraits of all of my ancestors through the first 5 generations (back to all my great2-grandparents), of 14 of my 32 great3-grandparents, of 6 of my 63 great4-grandparents, and several more ancestors farther back (not including many noble or royal ancestors in Europe), all of which are shown on memorial pages for these respective ancestors. The problem of unknown or unmarked graves, generally located in family plots on farms, that is discouraging to me is typical of ordinary families in the South more than a century ago, and before the mid-1800s, Quakers in particular usually did not mark graves, even in Quaker Meeting graveyards, because they believed tombstones to be pretentious. Few graves in Bedford Co., VA, in Virginia's Piedmont, were marked before the 20th century, whereas many of my Colonial or Early American Eastern Shore of Virginia and Long Island, New York ancestors have extant tombstones, possibly because it was easier to ship stones there and they could afford them. Unknown burial locations for so many ancestors more than 5 generations back is a handicap for me with regard to FAG.com, for it would be better for me to link as many of my ancestors and their descendants as possible using this site, but FAG rules prohibit one from posting memorials for those with unknown graves or creating cemeteries just to link people.

I admit a sense of "WASP guilt" when comparing my good fortunes to those who are more genealogically disadvantaged due to adoptions, illegitimate ancestors, loss of records, or nonexistent records, in particular African-Americans, the Irish, and those of more recent immigrant descent than I am and who therefore have linguistic or geographic barriers to their research. For this reason, I am honing my research skills, so they benefit those from other backgrounds. Fascinated by mathematical models revealing the genealogical connectedness of the human race despite geographic or ethnic barriers, I value genealogy for its present-day tendency to reveal typicality rather than its traditional stereotype as a promoter of exclusivity. I pursue royal ancestry because it is difficult to trace European ancestors in medieval times who were not of the nobility or royalty, and as a result, it alone is what links, through written records, many of the famous people or families of western civilization. I have found 8+ immigrant ancestors with well-documented royal ancestries, but because such are often disproved, and several more royal descents have been disproved already, I am seeking more.

In spite of my relatively good fortune, for a southern WASP of a middle-class immediate background, in being able to trace the majority of my lineages back to the 1700s, I am bothered by problematical areas of my ancestry in which I have been unable to trace back more than 7-8 generations. 6 of my 32 great3-grandparents have ancestries that become unknown 1 or 2 generations prior, so that alone makes almost 25% of my ancestry vacuous before the 1800s, making me wonder what interesting ancestors and other relatives I have who may never be known. These are all in my paternal Albemarle area of North Carolina sides, so this area needs the most attention. But many records in Tidewater and Piedmont Virginia were destroyed by courthouse conflagrations or the Civil War, which makes tracing many of my colonial ancestors there difficult or impossible. DNA testing is helping solve some mysteries that written records cannot.

The link below will take you to my personal page (technically, "memorials" for living people are not allowed unless we have a pre-need memorial in place), from which one can click my parents' names to move farther back in my ancestry. One can also move back in my stepfather's ancestry by clicking his name on my mother's page. For my farthest ancestors back on each side for whom I know grave locations and for whom it is therefore within FAG guidelines to have memorials, I have pasted their respective ancestries, generated from Family Tree Maker reports, on their memorials.

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Todd Whitesides
RE: Merrcihen Deurcant Gardiner; Perrow family
The Perrow (Perrault) leads I was following have all ended up as dead ends, so I've put that search on the back burner for a while. The Duercant ancestry came be traced back to the counts of Holland and other interesting individuals. You should be able to follow the connections through the memorials of our mutual ancestors Lion Gardiner and Marrigje Duurcant.
Added by Todd Whitesides on Mar 17, 2015 11:36 AM
atf
Long Connection?
James Harrison Long 126633581 (Brother of my great grand father, Edward Theodore Long 45287986 )
Child. James Maxwell Long 17200560 Mar. Pattie Gurkin
Children:
Hazel Long Richardson 15088977
Ethel Mae Long Richardson 15088848
Hus. Cecil Richardson Sr. 15088861
Son Cecil Richardson Jr.126628889 mar. Alma Godfrey 108057098
Is this your line?
Jerry
Added by atf on Jan 31, 2015 9:48 AM
Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc.
John L Zimmerman & Virginia L Updike
I just made a memorials for these people yesterday because I did not know that one existed. I am working with a family member who has taken photos and provided names, dates, and/or burial locations of all children born to John Zimmerman and both of his wives (Martha & Virginia). Since you had the original listing, I will need to send information to you so that you can update your listing and then I will delete mine. Please contact me. I am the President of the Bedford Genealogical Society.
Added by Bedford Genealogical Soci... on Jan 12, 2015 1:35 PM
mlf
RE:
No problem; I understand.

There must be something wrong with the edit system as it's not working correctly for me at present.

You may want to check back later in the day at which point they'll hopefully have the issue resolved.

Added by mlf on Dec 16, 2014 12:00 PM
mlf
RE: Please don't leave edit requests on my site
Your usage of the 'Mrs.' prefix is redundant. That the women were married is established by the link to their husbands and/or the italicization of their maiden names.

The 'Mrs.' prefix option is designed to be used in instances in which the married woman's first name is unknown (i.e. Mrs. William Charles, Mrs. John Smith, etc.). Used otherwise, this prefix is inappropriate.
Added by mlf on Dec 16, 2014 9:39 AM
pjk999pjk
Nathaniel & Sarah Atkinson Newlin Memorials # 21611570 & 21611576
I was looking at Sarah Atkinson Newlin and Nathaniel Newlin's memorials in the Spring Friends Meeting burying ground, and noticed that you have posted a photo of Nathaniel Newlin. I was wondering if you have a photo of Sarah Atkinson Newlin? I am descended from Sarah's younger brother John Atkinson and have a photo of John and his wife Ann Vestal Atkinson (which was taken sometime
before June 1877 before Ann's death).

Thanks for posting the photo of Nathaniel. (I'm also descended from the earlier Nathaniel Newlin who married Mary Mendenhall who are Ann's 3rd great grandparents). Thanks for your time!
Added by pjk999pjk on Dec 12, 2014 12:26 PM
Del Groves
RE: Rosemary Bowers Dodd #44920585
Thanks for your reply & info. I've found references online to Helen Summers Holweck but am thinking she's probably deceased, as well.

You can configure TNG to require registration in order to see anything on your site. At the same time, you could include a comment on your home page inviting interested folks email you to request further info/documents after which you could decide whether or not to supply that.

TNG is based on MySQL databases/tables so there is virtually no limit on the number of folks or media (photos, pdf, etc) in your database. Below are a couple links of TNG sites illustrating some of this:

http://wharfegen.org.uk//index.php

http://morethanjustacemetery.com

The TNG forum is quite active and folks are very helpful. There is a dedicated core of technically experienced users who continually construct modifications (mods) that further extend the abilities of TNG. Customizations are limited only by your technical capabilities -- many folks have setup their sites as WordPress environment with TNG a component: you can look at some of the user sites on TNG's home page. This man's site is arguably a prime example of how far one can take customization of TNG based website:

http://www.kloosterman.be

Take care,
Del
Added by Del Groves on Nov 26, 2014 7:03 AM
Del Groves
Rosemary Bowers Dodd #44920585
Hello Bryan,

Wondering if Rosemary is the co-author (with Helen Summers Holweck) of the monograph "The First Three Generations of John Summers of Prince George's County, Maryland"?

I am a subject Summers descendant (my 8th gr-grandfather) and often wished to correspond with the authors concerning their work.

I read your bio and note you no longer have a genealogy website. Thus, I wanted to introduce you to "The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding [TNG]" and suggest you will want to consider it to renew your online presence. My own website utilizes TNG and I have no doubt it will work for you - I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.

My website: http://ourfamilysaga.com/

TNG: http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php

I share your concerns about ancestry.com. Alternatively, you might consider uploading your data to their rootsweb.com which is also quite valuable in connecting with other researchers.

Best wishes,

Del Groves
Added by Del Groves on Nov 23, 2014 6:21 AM
 

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