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Brenda Ashford (#47878162)
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Bio Photo The mantle of family historian has fallen to me from my father and my sister, now both with the Lord. My husband first started researching our family histories when we inherited all the handwritten family genealogy records some years after my sister's death. Then we dug out an old handwritten ledger that my father had compiled before his death. That piqued my husband's interest, so he began looking into his own family history, talking with older family members, recording their stories, searching for long-lost relatives and finding family history along the Oregon Trail. And experimenting with genealogy software. All that led to a family reunion of cousins who had not been together in 50 years, and sharing of old family photos. That's when I got involved Ė somebody had to manage those photos and get names and dates recorded. And those photos needed to be shared by all the family! My obsessive-compulsive nature could not let a bunch of old photos lie around in shoe boxes and brown envelopes until we all died and no one knew who was in the photos. The old photos led to searches for family members, which led ultimately to Findagrave, and here we are!

My roots are in Texas with my Walker/Hammonds/Wells/Mason/Thomas/Standard/Vaculik lineage. That has led me to the Pettys and the Bates and the Starlings and the Goffs and the Pattons and the Jonases and the Fojtiks who are all a part of that. As our own family has expanded, we have taken up the Waters/Humphries/McKinney/Richey search and we keep going. My primary interest is still in old family photos, and preserving those, along with their stories and personalities for our family to come. So if I come knocking on your door, be prepared to spread the old photos out and talk to me about them!

My husband continues to collect family information on the Ashford/Jarvis/Sullivan/Hooker/Buckle/Jones/Stillwell families in Oregon and Washington. He also maintains our family history database and scouts out websites for genealogy research. Fortunately for him, his ancestors were wise enough to leave the eastern and mid-western states and move west rather than get involved on the wrong side of the War of Northern Aggression! We are frantically trying to preserve some Ashford family history that has been collected in the past, but is in danger of being lost now as family historians die off and no one is there to pick up the mantle. The challenge for us is that we are far away from those sources. Fortunately, we have inherited quite a lot of old family photos which we are preserving and trying to put names with.

I have posted a lot of old family photos on FAG. If you want to use those photos I would ask that you please let me know, that you give me credit for the photos, and that you please use them accurately and responsibly. It's a real shock to see my photos on another website with incorrect information listed.
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Laura Sireci Roman
Harold Hanson
So glad his memorial is with family now!
Added by Laura Sireci Roman on Jun 12, 2016 12:40 AM
RE: John Phares Walker #55903397
I am afraid I canít help there-as you may have gathered, what I added is a photo of a photo-it is quite common on memorial day for visiting relatives to place a photo, or they are held by the cemetery authority with instructions to set them out once a year.
I did look on the back of the photo and if it had had any useful information, I would have noted it down.
Added by darealjolo on Jun 05, 2016 3:05 AM
Mary McGinnis
Hello Brenda. Got your request to review the bio on Mary's memorial page. Please contact contributor #46970887. This is where I got the information. Thanks, Lisa
Added by MissLisa on Mar 23, 2016 3:11 PM
Tammy Tunstall
Elizabeth Mason, Emily Lowe
Hi Brenda,

I transferred both memorials to you.
Happy Digging,
Added by Tammy Tunstall on Nov 12, 2015 1:39 AM
Laura Sireci Roman
Hi Brenda - I'm working on adding the pictures that you requested for the Ensign and Rhoades family. I'm currently managing Danial's page. Let me know if you want me to transfer that one to you as well. - Laura
Added by Laura Sireci Roman on Oct 08, 2015 3:13 PM
RE: Randy Phillips
Mike played MLB baseball for 11 years. My sister Avis Walton would know more information on Eunices' family. Think they had a brother that was handicapped but I'm not sure. Eunice use to bring me news paper clippings when Mike was playing.
Added by jwells051112 on Sep 24, 2015 12:06 PM
RE: Randy Phillips
Yes, Eunice Dell was also Mikes mother. After retiring from baseball he worked for the Kansa City Royals but retired a few years ago and moved back to the Arlington area.
Added by jwells051112 on Sep 24, 2015 1:57 AM
RE: Family of James Oliver Wells
Randy Phillips? Is that Mike's son?
Added by jwells051112 on Sep 23, 2015 5:37 PM
RE: Family of James Oliver Wells
Thanks and nice to meet you cousin Brenda!!
Added by jwells051112 on Sep 23, 2015 5:33 PM
RE: James Oliver Wells II Family
The photo of the Wells family has been restored and is printable in 8x10 JPEG.
Added by jwells051112 on Sep 23, 2015 12:25 PM
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