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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 16,000). 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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|L*M*H.||RE: Mary Ann (Workman) Hall|
Thank you for transferring her memorial.
Added by L*M*H. on Jul 26, 2014 2:22 PM
|Wiehopf||Memorial ID 131451252|
Dear Stephanie, thanks a lot for collecting and publishing that information - fits perfectly
Added by Wiehopf on Jun 19, 2014 1:40 AM
|Debbie Topping||Cyrus Weekes|
Thanks so much for the transfer of Cyrus Weekes.
|Noreen Peary Hammond||RE: Reardon|
i have all kinds of info. what are you interest in if you want to send a private message to my email address with you mailing addres then i can print of all kinds of info and send to you. Are you related to the Reardon's
|Noreen Peary Hammond||William A. Reardon|
William (memorial 104568440) middle name is Aubrey and his wife Lydia (memorial 104568457) name is Lydia Ann (Carle) they were married 30 June 1903 in Garland, Penobscot Co., Maine and had a total of 11 children. William was born in Prentiss, Penobscot Co., Maine and Lydia was born n Sangerville, Piscataquis Co., Maine both died in Parkman, Piscataquis Co. Maine. If you are interested in adding their children or parents let me, as this was my husbands grandparents.
Noreen (Peary) Hammond
|Raleigh||Mary Hortense Dix Solis|
Your establishing a memorial for Hortense helped me greatly in following her life. Thank you for your interest in documenting the people who lived before we did. I especially like the fact that you preserve obituaries when you can. They tell us so much and are not easy to access from afar.
Keep up the good work,
Raleigh in Michigan
Added by Raleigh on May 13, 2014 8:10 PM
|Rachel R||Ina Murphy|
Thanks for the transfer!!
Added by Rachel R on May 03, 2014 9:44 PM
|Craig J. Dougherty||Kathryn Agnes Hamilton Quigley|
I noticed that you entered the information for my relative at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Thankyou so much for entering this information. I see you entered her mother's maiden name of Dougherty. Kathryn's mother was named Catherine Hamilton nee Dougherty. Catherine was my Great Great Grandfather Bryan Bernard Dougherty's sister. With your information I found her. One question was there not a gravestone? I was hoping to see if her husband or kids were buried with her. Please let me know if you can. Cheers, Craig Dougherty Chelmsford, MA email@example.com
|Fred Riegel||Robert A Riegel|
Stephanie; Thanks very much for the transfer of Robert and for your efforts for Find A Grave. People like you have made this site a wonderful reference for genealogists.
|Barb S||Martin Meyers|
I linked Martin and his wife as you suggested. Thank you for the information.
Added by Barb S on Feb 16, 2014 9:57 AM
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