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Mike & Nancy Ridgdill (#47585642)
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Bio Photo My philosophy about F/G is really simple. Treat me like you want yourself to be treated. Very simple. If I see a memorial that I'd like to have transferred to me, I'll simply ask for it. Likewise, if you see a memorial I've submitted that you'd like to have transferred to you, just ask for it. I could care less if the person is related to you, or not. If you want it, and there's no reason for me to keep it, you can have it. It's just that simple. I do this because I love it. A lot of people just don't have the time to do this. In reality, I have no connection to at least 90% of the memorials I submit. I submit them because no one else has.

I know, there are those out there that claim they adhere to all rules, and will make no exceptions for anyone for any reason, whatsoever. You know the ones I'm talking about. We've all had to deal with them at one time or another. Guess what, they don't adhere to all the rules, either! I guarantee if you look at their totals, most of them manage a lot more memorials than they've ever added. I find it hard to believe all those extras adhere to the rules for relationship.

That, my friends, is why I'm not about numbers, and I really don't care about the persons relationship to you. Look, every memorial I create then transfer to someone else, will forever have my name as the original creator. So, don't be so possessive of the memorials you create. This is not a competition folks, as much as some try to make it be. I realize Find A Grave is a grave registration site. But, this could be one of the best sites ever for genealogical research if only everyone would work together, show a little understanding, a little courtesy, and throw in just a little bit of good old common sense.

Like all of us, there are some memorials I won't transfer. But, the only time I won't transfer a memorial is when the person is in one of my direct ancestry lines, my aunts/uncles, a few cousins, and a handful of friends I hold dear to my heart. As for the information I post, feel free to use any info I submit. You do not need my permission. That's why I put it on here in the first place.

Now, since I've been so nice to you, I expect the same considerations given to me. If I request a memorial to be transferred to me, it is usually a direct ancestor, or a very close aunt, uncle, or cousin. On rare occasions, I may even request a memorial of a very dear friend. The only deviation from this is that from time to time I may request the memorial transfer of a Confederate soldier, if it's apparent the soldier is probably not related to the submitter. But, no matter who's memorial I request, I always stipulate, "unless this person is your relative." However, if you don't want to make the transfer, at least give me a good reason why you won't. Don't just keep putting me off, and don't start ignoring my requests completely. Common courtesy is all I'm asking for, and expect. But, don't come on here and complain about things that just don't matter. If you absolutely can't help but complain, then complain about things that really matter, like child abuse, elder abuse, children having to go to bed hungry, or our returning military personnel having to live on the streets. Please, complain about those things, LOUDLY!

Now, that said, I do have one pet peeve on F/G, but it's only a common sense thing. Please, if you're going to take the time to create a new cemetery, make sure you have the correct name, provide the complete address, accurate written directions, and the correct map. It doesn't take much time, and can ensure future submissions are added to the right cemeteries.

Otherwise, I have been researching my family genealogy for over thirty years. I have published three books so far, Confederate Graves of Emanuel County, Georgia, in 2009, a color edition of the book in 2010, and The Ridgdill Genealogy, in 2011. All are available online.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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By Chance
Hi Mike, caught your page when I was reading Al Smith's memorial site. Glad to see all your contributions here and now I know F.A.G. has at least one person who does things right! I love this as well -but I just can't get to it like I want to. Take care and hope we can exchange some info down the road. Happy Thanksgiving & Love ya bud, -Jerry
Added by Jerry on Nov 23, 2014 9:38 AM
Mary Yarbrough
Got it done.
Happy Researching and Happy Thanksgiving too.
Added by Bud on Nov 19, 2014 5:47 PM
RE: Merges
I'm sorry to bother you. The reason I send them to you is: (1) if you wish to request transfers before Find A Grave does anything, you can; and (2) I have a receipt in my e-mail with a hyperlink that I can check to see that the merges have been done. Please understand that I am not trying to bother you with this, it just easier for me.
Added by Peka on Oct 15, 2014 11:01 AM
Dawn Hughes Schrieber
Hi Mike and Nancy, I see you are part of the Brinson family tree. I am trying to figure out who the father of James L Brinson is. He is my great grandfather born about 1870 and died about 1929. There are two Matthew Brinson's. One born in 1848 and one in 1850. One of them would be his father. Any information you have, I would greatly appreciate. I would like to fill in the missing links.

James L Brinson and his wife Mamie are not listed on Find A Grave so I do not know where they are buried, but they did divorce and she moved to Florida.

Added by Dawn Hughes Schrieber on Sep 26, 2014 11:57 AM
Shenk & Dorothy Ellhers
Love Your Bio!
Hello! It is wonderful to see another Find A Grave contributor that has the same outlook on this website as we do! You Rock!
Added by Shenk & Dorothy Ellhers on Aug 16, 2014 8:36 AM
Carol Payne
Thomas Oscar Wicker
Read your bio so don't know if you know if you know anything about this Confederate Soldier. I'm looking for, I guess his grandfather, Thomas Oscar Wicker (same name) and his wife Mary Hester Wicker. Thomas and Mary had a daughter, Temperance Wicker, who married Joseph Sullivan. Anything you could tell me would be appreciated.

Carol Petty Payne
Added by Carol Payne on Jul 25, 2014 7:40 PM
Little Marie
RE: Daniel Coleman
Thank you so much for the explanation. I will pass this along to my dad and I am sure that he will be very interested. Little Marie
Added by Little Marie on Jul 21, 2014 6:16 PM
Little Marie
Daniel Coleman
You left a message on the memorial for Daniel Coleman Find A Grave #26855271 that says:

" Private, Capt. Moring's Company, Emanuel Troops, GA Infantry, Confederate States Army."

Where did you get this info? My dad is Daniel's great grandson and he says that he has never heard of that before. Please tell me your source for this info. Thanks Little Marie
Added by Little Marie on Jul 21, 2014 8:03 AM
Tony Middleton
Re: John W Sherrod
Hi Mike,

Thanks very much for your response. I was very interested in the relative positions of the two markers, and you've enlightened me on that.

I want to give a more considered response, but before doing so I want to revisit my tree entry for John William Sherrod, the husband of Elvira L. Martin. And before I revisit my notes etc, I am doing a road trip today to Emanuel County to bury my nephew in Swainsboro City Cemetery. It may be that I have time to scoot over to Cross Cemetery #2 and see things firsthand.

My gut tells me it's two markers for one grave. But I'm puzzled by why they'd be so far apart.

When I return tonight I'll do some more study of Mr Sherrod and give you a shout within a day or so.

Added by Tony Middleton on Dec 28, 2013 5:02 AM
lillian gregory
Henry Kemp
Looking for my third great grand father born 1820 ,died 1859,Emanuel county Ga.son of John A Kemp.
Added by lillian gregory on Nov 23, 2013 6:05 AM
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