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Steve Metcalf (#48238229)
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I became fascinated with my family history after my mother passed away in 1992, I "inherited" volumes of family history records (on paper) that she had collected in her travels (England; Salt Lake City the Mormons maintain a huge library of genealogy records; and from other various locations throughout the country), I think she had collected bits of information on over 1200 individuals. She had traced the Metcalf lineage back to Arkefirth from Denmark around 990 AD. I was overwhelmed with the amount of data she had collected and at the time picked up a copy of Family Tree Maker and keyed in the data on all 1200 individuals. Working on it part time (2-3 hours per week), this took over a year to complete. I also had contact with several other relatives to get the correct birthdate or spelling of first, middle names, etc. Over the next 10 years, I continued to use Family Tree Maker and keyed in any new family members (including my wife's ancestors) into the database as well as updating or editing any existing info. I grew my tree from roughly 1200 to over 1600 during that period. In 2006 or 2007, I subscribed to the Ancestry.com service. Ancestry.com had bought out the Family Tree Maker company. There is a wealth of family history that you can obtain from Ancestry.com. One of the things that is really neat about Ancestry.com is the actual documents (Census reports, actual draft cards, etc.) that you can download into your database. The other neat thing about Ancestry.com is that you also have access to "other family" trees that have recorded their history, as long as their tree is open to the public and not private. Ancestry makes it easy to add names and data to your personal tree from other public trees. When you discover a new family member, Ancestry.com will ask if you want to add the member to your tree. One click and the person's name and data, even pictures, if part of the other tree, are added to your tree. This saves hours and hours of keying in the info. I just checked and I now have 2258 members in my tree as of November 2013.

I believe that all who came before us are a part of who we are and knowing our roots gives us a sense of purpose and belonging in this world. Knowledge of our origins are the greatest legacy we can leave our children and grandchildren.

If I have taken a photo, you are welcome to use them anyway you wish. If you wish for a transfer, no problem. If they are not related to me, then I see no reason to keep them. All you have to do is ask.
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 • 58 Memorials Added
 • 53 Memorials Managed
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 • 346 Photos
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Jessica
Garnet/Kenneth Headstone
Thank you for the picture of Garnet and Kenneth McNeal's Headstone.
Added by Jessica on Jul 13, 2014 3:41 PM
George Falk
Hosking
Thanks for this transfer.
Added by George Falk on Jun 27, 2014 7:55 AM
Marty Prather
Rachel V Mathis Smith
Thanks a bunch, Steve....appreciate it!!!
Added by Marty Prather on Jun 26, 2014 4:42 PM
Connie Carl
Sharee Boyd
Thank you for the photo. I didn't realize that there wasn't a headstone yet. If and when there ever is one, I would like another photo. Thank you Connie
Added by Connie Carl on Jun 26, 2014 4:34 PM
Vicki Marie Gibbons
Tierney Family
Thank you for also putting the location!
Added by Vicki Marie Gibbons on Jun 23, 2014 4:31 PM
Gary
Nellie Nalley
Steve,

Thanks for providing the picture of the headstone for my Great-Aunt, Nellie Nalley. I really appreciate your efforts. Gary Hansen
Added by Gary on Jun 21, 2014 2:14 PM
Stephen Giardini
Alfred Giardini
Just writing to say thank you for Alfreds photo.

Steve
Added by Stephen Giardini on Jun 21, 2014 10:59 AM
Vicki Marie Gibbons
Tierney/Moore
Thank you for transferring the names and all your hard work with Find A Grave! 🌼
Added by Vicki Marie Gibbons on Jun 20, 2014 10:48 AM
Vicki Marie Gibbons
Tierney Family
You are simply wonderful! Thank you for the photos and all the family history....that my family doesn't have time to tell me! We are the keepers of our past....🍀
Added by Vicki Marie Gibbons on Jun 19, 2014 10:38 PM
Donna J Breuer
Steve
Thanks for the photo of Laurence Sandanger's tombstone we appreciate your help

Donna Breuer
Added by Donna J Breuer on May 19, 2014 2:20 PM
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