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Stories of my Illinois ancestors were shared with me by my great grandmother Grace Ellen Smith Scanlon at an early age and this sparked a deep interest in genealogy and learning more about my heritage. After many years of library and Internet research I decided to visit the areas where my Smith, Rowland, and Wilkerson ancestors once lived. I've now made several trips to Illinois, specifically Montgomery County, and over the course of these visits have developed an interest in documenting cemeteries. My main focus is on abandoned family farm and small community cemeteries that are difficult to locate and are in the greatest need of being recorded. |
It's exciting to research how everyone in a cemetery is related to each other and I enjoy getting emails from descendants who have discovered pictures of their ancestors graves here on this fabulous site.
Closer to home my Mom and I are helping with photo requests and general clean-up at Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale.
As part of my masters thesis I am currently documenting how the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster are memorialized. I am continually thankful for my many fellow find-a-gravers across the U.S.A. helping me locate and photograph the grave of each flood victim so they are not forgotten.
I do my best to provide complete and accurate information in all my postings. Corrections are encouraged! I will gladly transfer memorials to family and I am happy share my photographs, but please give proper credit: "Ann Stoddard, Find A Grave #46964942". If I have offended anyone by adding their loved ones to the site please let me know and I will promptly remove the memorial.
I can be contacted at email@example.com
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|Armstrong History||IL Cemetery Photos|
Hi - Just wanted to leave a note and say thanks! for your great photos I came across while researching the Flood family from Illinois. I especially liked that you included group / family plot pictures of those related - which is very helpful!
Also. . . just read about your research about the dam flood and your upcoming graduation! Congratulations! I wonder if the state would ever be able to do DNA testing to identify those who were not able to be identified - but maybe there is no DNA today. It's really nice to see that you took the "human aspect" of the disaster! Thanks again for the helpful photos I found!
|Grace ||RE: Leslie Vernon Frame|
Please transfer Leslie also. Thanks, Grace
Added by Grace on Apr 20, 2014 9:22 AM
|Grace ||RE: John Harold Frame|
I am related to all the Frames. I will take you up on your offer to transfer John. My # 47245094)
Thanks so much, Grace
Added by Grace on Apr 20, 2014 9:20 AM
|Don Lynch||CARRIE JONES|
Connected! Thank you! Don
|ErinDeHart||RE: Veva A. Pursley Holt|
No problem. I always like to go to new cemeteries. I plan to go back soon and finish photographing the entire cemetery. I missed one when making my list (I think it is one you have requested- Vallencia Pursley, somehow I didn't write that one down so I will try to get a picture soon. I did get Julian's though. Very sad way that she died, yet interesting.
|Marjorie ||Edit FAG|
Do you know about the edits on your contributor page?
Added by Marjorie on Mar 17, 2014 7:05 PM
|Mary Ann Dye||christian souder|
gravestone photo for christian souder in the germantown mennonite cemetery...can you decipher any dates at all on this stone?
|Family Scribe||Rick Smith|
Ann, We both created a memorial for Rick Smith. I would like to integrate the info into one memorial. 117227708 and 101935688.
Thank you very much!
|JRBaugher||Bradley R Reid|
Would you be so kind as to transfer my baby brother's grave to me? Find A Grave Memorial# 98296412. Thank you so much for your photo and entry!
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