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Avid genealogist and repository of family history stuff. I love history and old things, and am especially fascinated by the places around me, and the tales of those who have lived and wandered through the same places I do today. I'm keenly interested in the history of material culture; the history of objects and how they were designed, manufactured, retailed, sold, used, thought about, lost, discarded, kept and treasured. This interest pairs naturally with my wonderment about family history, which originally led me to this site.|
I owe much to the abundance of family info I've obtained over the years, shared by cousins and volunteers all over the world - some still living and some now waiting for us on the other side. I love helping people with their own ancestral exploration journeys. In my spare time, I scan through old newspapers and enter the final resting places of those souls lost to the memory of time from published obits and death notices, hoping that one day they'll be found by their own relatives. This and my headstone photo volunteering are my ways of "paying it forward" for all the help, love, and support that has been shown to me in this work. I used to have a great fear of death, but this project has helped me get over that. I now think of cemeteries as peaceful memorial parks, and enjoy my time there paying respects on behalf of the families, friends, and loved ones who can't make it there themselves.
My initial goal is to enter at least as many records to Find A Grave as number of persons in my family history database (...currently about 15,000). One for each one that I've 'found' on my own journey. I love to research & include women's maiden names, and first names too as they're so often Mrs. Richard So-and-So throughout history.
PLEASE help your photo volunteers by obtaining the plot information (if any) and adding it to your desired memorial record prior to requesting a photo! You'll find that your requests are fulfilled much more quickly than if we have to do this ourselves (and some places charge!). This is a volunteer effort. Help us help you.
People live on as long as they're remembered. Speak their names often...
"Do not pity the dead, pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love."
Some of my MATERNAL family lines:
Baker, Betts, Chamberlain, Deputat, Dobrovolny, Dovey, Eddy, Edge, Fowler, Goodreds, Hallock, Horton, Homer, Kellington (Killington), Kelsey, King, Lines, Mapes, Mays (Mayes), Nicholson, Pearson, Petz, Ply (Pluhator), Reynolds, Russell, Silver, South, Stedner (Städtner), Swayze (Sweazey), Terry, Warren, Waydell, Whitehouse, Wines.
Some of my PATERNAL family lines:
Acton, Adams, Alden, Amand, Bailie, Baron, Barth, Benmore, Bernier, Blethen, Boucher, Bourdeau, Brecht, Briel, Brauer, Brewer, Broughton, Buist, Buttercase (Butters, Butter), Carbonneau (Carbonneau dit Provençal), Carpenter, Carr, Carty, Commenus, Cotton, Courval, Couture (Couture dit Simard), Cox, Day, De Coligny, Denning, Descoteaux, Desruisseau, Dewsbury, Duncan, Durrell, Earl, Faunce, Ferguson, Fernald, Fisher, Gibbons, Godfrey, Graeser, Guimond, Harlow, Harris, Hay, Herberger, Holdridge, Horwedel, Houle (Houde), Husband, Hutchison, Joiry (Jouary), Knower, L'Ecuyer, Lace, Langdon, Langton, LeFebvre, Leroux, Liger, Lindsay, Longtin dit Jerome, Longtin dit Mineure, Lucas, Mahl, Malet, Marks, Martin, Matchett, Meanes (Mains), Moodie, Morton, Mullins, Nash, Nopp, Norris, Norval, Page, Paré, Paris, Paterson, Pendergast, Perry, Petitclerc, Philbrick, Pingry, Pirie, Porter, Potter, Pouize, Pratley, Racet, Rau, Ritter, Robidoux, Rothenberger, Rouleau, Sampson, Sands, Schneider, Schutz, Seymour, Shabery, Shaw, Sherburne, Smart, Smith, Standish, Stewart, Stockbridge, Symon (Simon), Tibbetts, Trottier, Warburton, Wakefield, Weick, Whittemore, Wise, Wittmann, Zolt.
~A Poem for our Ancestors~
Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
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|Paul V. Bradley, Jr.||Vesta Smith|
Thank you for the information...links added.
Thank you for the updates the links have been completed.
Added by Dawn on Dec 16, 2013 7:48 AM
|Peter Stair||Edward J Rossell #106481589|
This Edward J Rossell is my Great Grandfather. The memorial page you created mentions an LA Times Death Notice. Do you by chance gave a copy of that or how I can get it?
|Brenda Nickerson Hensley||Mary A Stockbridge Fitz|
I added her maiden name and linked her to her husband and parents. Thanks for the information.
|Ken Nagel||Philip Dietmeyer|
Thank you. Are you related? They are relatives here. Thanks again.
|Pat Aragon||Transfer Mgmt please|
Could you please transfer Daniel Keith #120415653 to me #48210432? Uncle Dan is my great grandfather's brother.
|Grand View Volunteers||Charles Roland Rice @ GVMP|
Thanks for the info on Charles Rice....unfortunately, while the Charles Roland Rice at GV also died in 5/1941, he was interred on 5/15/1941, prior to the other Charles R Rice's dod of 5/18/1941 in the CDI. If he is a relative, you may want to update your records.
|chloe perdew||Eleanor Burke|
Thank you for the link to Eleanor's father.
I appreciate the info.
|Jackie Pendergast||Garrison House Farm Graveyard|
I'm interested in your contribution to Find-a-grave on this graveyard.
My husband is a descendent of Stephen and Jane Cotton Pendergast. I am researching the genealogy of the family.
In October 2011, we, a cousin and three of our children spent 5 days finding (many buried through the years) and cleaning the headstones, and general cleaning of the grounds of this family graveyard.
We have not had an opportunity to return to see our work. You were there a year later and I wonder if you found fallen or missing headstones or other debris of weathering, or have any other interesting observations.
You also mention that you are a descendent of Stephen and Jane Pendergast. I'd be interested in your lineage to them or any other names or places for my reasearch.
Thank you for all your work!
Jacqueline (Jackie) Trudell Pendergast
I added Maxine's maiden name. However, I am hesitant to link Paul Fromwiller as her spouse. The Fromwillers were my neighbors and I never knew of Paul being a part of their lives. Maxine lived with her friend Harriet Davis and her four children. So I assume there was a divorce. Paul is not mentioned in the obit so I do not believe he was part of the family's life, at least not since the 1950's. If you are a close relative to Maxine, I will reconsider.
Thanks for your Find a Grave work.
Added by Louise on Nov 11, 2013 8:01 PM
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