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Judy K. Brantley/Wilson (#46578531)
 member for 11 years, 1 month, 19 days
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Bio Photo My most important projects are Hollywood Cemetery & Oakland (Atlanta City) Cemetery in Atlanta.

Thousands of hours have been spent working on Hollywood alone. The cemetery is in terrible condition due to the owner just not caring about those buried there. Much of it has re-forested itself to prolific growth conditions since 1970 when it was once again sold.

I add names to many cemeteries, but mostly work on Oakland and Hollywood. I research the names as if they were my own family, trying to add full names, maiden names, full dates, birth and death places and linking them to family members. I also search for parents when they are buried elsewhere, so they can be linked to them. I knew many of them had to be kin to each other of those buried there.

If I have added your family members (or friends) and they are not mine, I will gladly transfer them to you to maintain. Right now, I am not transferring Hollywood names, as I am still working on it. I will be happy to add anything that you wish to their pages, though.
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Direct line surnames are: Brantley, Ansley, Payne, Jarrett, Sherrill, Peacock, Smith, Springfield, Wilson, Langston, Styles, Sturdivant, Smithwick, Linder, Duncan, Costler & Stallings.
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Many we love have passed away too soon.....without reason.

We remember them often in a thousand different ways....In the morning.....in the night, when we look at the stars.....a date....a song.....a place. In memory of all those who left us all too soon. We will get to see you again some day.
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The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.

It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
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PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, they do not know you are out there somewhere. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
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Karen McMillian/Walker "Jarrett"
RE: Jarrett
Hi there Judy, I am so excited that I got a response back thank you ! I look forward to hearing from you! Karen....
Added by Karen McMillian/Walker "J... on Jul 05, 2014 7:25 PM
Karen McMillian/Walker "Jarrett"
Jarrett
Horton Nathaniel Jarrett, Sr was my grandfather, I am the daughter of Agnes Jarrett, the daughter of Horton Nathaniel Jarrett, Sr.... Wish I could learn more about my family... Dixie Bell Croy is my moms mom.... Thanks to anyone that wants to talk with me about my family, my email is karen878806@yahoo.com my number is 541-653-0279
Added by Karen McMillian/Walker "J... on Jul 05, 2014 5:12 PM
Skippersgirl
Hollywood Cemetery
Judy,
Will researching my Waits/Waites ancestors, I came across these wonderful memorials you've created. I am amazed the amount of research you've done to help us find our relatives.

Thank you for your love of history and ancestors.

Ann Skipper Boykin
Added by Skippersgirl on Jul 01, 2014 11:02 PM
Cindy Elschide
Philip Sudan
Thank you for letting me know there is no tombstone for Philip. If I have any other requests I welcome your letting me know if they have a stone or not.
Added by Cindy Elschide on Jun 29, 2014 11:37 PM
Velcro
Infant Girl Zachary
Thank you for adding the information about this little girl being the daughter of James Columbus Zachary, Jr., and his wife, Hattie [Edge] Zachary, as well as the details about her grandparents, James Columbus Zachary, Sr. and his wife, Sarah Agnes [Haddock] Zachary. Regards, Linne
Added by Velcro on Jun 27, 2014 7:18 PM
Carol's Genealogy Stuff
Mariah Cape Melton
Thank you for the transfer. If you decide you want her back, or if a more closely related person comes along, I will be happy to transfer as well. Again, thanks. ~~Carol
Added by Carol's Genealogy Stuff on Jun 26, 2014 4:05 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfer and a big thank you
Hello again Judy,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
William Washington Gibbs # 73917543
to my care.
With your help I have successfully connected him with his wife and all of his fourteen children.
As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
Marcia
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Jun 24, 2014 7:31 PM
Frank Merritt
McClain Headstones
Thank you for your time
Added by Frank Merritt on Jun 23, 2014 8:09 PM
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Arthur James Huey
Thank you for your effort to find this headstone. I really appreciate it.
Added by CJBISHOP on Jun 23, 2014 7:50 PM
Bob Barnes
Hollywood Cemetery
Thanks for looking for William Willis Wheeler there. Appreciate your efforts.
Added by Bob Barnes on Jun 23, 2014 5:40 PM
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