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Jan Jones (#47487289)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo Growing up, I assumed everyone spent family vacations traipsing through old cemeteries. My parents and my grandparents were avid genealogists; my grandfather was a professional historian. While I loved cemeteries, I didn't understand my family's fascination with ancient data about people we never knew. I was more concerned with where I was going than where I had been.

However, I love old photographs, and over the years I developed an interest in restoring damaged images. My passion is restoring old portraits (and any photographs with people); the stances, the eyes, the setting of the mouths and jaws, and the lines in the faces tell such vivid stories.

I also have an obsession (be it delusional) for having my world organized and identified. After the death of my mom, I began the process of identifying people and places in some of her unlabeled photographs. That simple quest has now led me full circle to the passion of my parents and grandparents. Now I am the one pouring through mountains of data, organizing and computerizing family records, and haunting cemeteries. When I get excited about finding the grave of a long lost relative, reconnecting with extended family or discovering a wonderful old photograph, I see in my teenagers' eyes the same glazed look that I remember coming from my own eyes as a youth. I smile, and hope that I will be around long enough to see my children get that same look from their teenagers.


"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk and Writer. b.1926)
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Sue Thompson Patterson
Lula Thompson Moore
Jan, my friend, thank you so much for the transfer of my great Aunt. Slowly my family is gathering on paper or on computer to become unified as a thread across time woven beautifully in the tapestry of life. I learned so much from you several years ago in Bristol at Thanksgiving. I so wish I had more time to visit with you about the Ellis County cemeteries and the people you have honored and immortalized in organized records. Thank you so very much for your dedication to our people of the past and the present and the future. Your work and labor of love will touch lives for generations. I am so glad you are my friend and we have met.
Sue
Added by Sue Thompson Patterson on Nov 01, 2016 5:02 PM
RLM
Re: Mem. #71191489
Dear Jan,

Thank you so much for posting this memorial for my G-aunt; I corrected the death date since we know she died as a baby and since her brother said she she died just before she was 1 year old - except for your ' cemetery haunting ', it would have taken us more decades to find her.
Added by RLM on Oct 26, 2016 2:35 PM
jgn
Sadie Irwin
Thank you for the transfer!
Added by jgn on Oct 20, 2016 1:24 PM
Linda A. Bateman Davis
Thank you
Jan, thank you very much for the memorial transfer of my great aunt, Allie Perkins. Had you not created it, I would never have found her. Thank you again.
Linda
Added by Linda A. Bateman Davis on Aug 09, 2016 4:38 PM
SHEILA
WILLIAM A. ELLINGTON# 71147939
HI JAN,
I DON'T THINK THE CHILD NAMED THOMAS A. ELLINGTON BELONGS TO THIS PERSON. AS WILLIAM WOULD HAVE ONLY BEEN 11YRS OLD WHEN THOMAS WAS BORN. ALSO WHEN I LOOK AT THOMAS' MEMORIAL THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ERRORS. SUCH AS HIS WIFE. I THINK PEOPLE ARE MIXING UP TWO DIFFERENT THOMAS A. ELLINGTONS. CAN YOU PLEASE AT LEAST GET HIM REMOVED FROM WILLIAMS MEMORIAL. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN BE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU FOLKS DO.
Added by SHEILA on Jun 23, 2016 9:07 PM
Linda A. Bateman Davis
Transfer request
I enjoyed your wonderful bio very much.
I am so thrilled to discover my g. aunt's memorial that you created, as I have been searching months for her.
Would it be possible for her memorial (71301702) to be transferred into my care? It would mean a lot.
Linda
Added by Linda A. Bateman Davis on Jun 21, 2016 5:13 PM
Cara Mia
Orville Bates
Thank you for the transfer and for your Find A Grave work!
Added by Cara Mia on Mar 23, 2014 11:00 AM
Simmons Family
Burk
Thank you again for the transfers, your help is greatly appreciated and we will get right to work.
Added by Simmons Family on Mar 23, 2014 9:29 AM
Rosalie
McCue
Thanks so much for the transfer. I appreciate your kindness.
Added by Rosalie on Mar 23, 2014 6:26 AM
Lisha Bikle
Mason / Violet Transfers
Thanks, Jan, for the transfer of Harry and Elizabeth Snyder Mason and Eugene Eric Violet. It will be great to link all the family members together. Hope I can return the favor some day!
Added by Lisha Bikle on Jan 08, 2014 1:52 PM
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