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Joan Foster (#47304401)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 18 days
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Bio Photo I started genealogical research in 1973 when my brother and I were emptying our family home. Our dear mother had labeled and shared a number of family photos before she died, but my brother and I were amazed to discover a treasure trove of wonderful old manuscripts, some dating back to the 1700s. "...I leave to my eldest daughter Sarah the best feather bed and six silver spoons..." Family bibles, wills, letters, manumission papers, property transfers with the price in English pounds and not a name was familiar. Who were these people? Why would my parents have had these papers? So I began my genealogical research in a rather backward fashion from the usual dictum: start by asking your elders [I no longer had any elders to ask] and work back in time. Instead, I started my research at the dates of the papers and worked forward to the information I had from my parents. No computers, no genealogical database programs, no internet resources. Just libraries and paper and pencil (I still have my pencil-generated charts and records to remember how painstaking it was). All the frustrating letters I wrote to people in distant places who had no answers for me, and the delight when some pieces fell into place. Now it is the time of the internet for genealogists, and Find A Grave fills a niche. I can help others distant from me with their memories and pieces of information without doing their research for them.
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Steve Kompier
RE: Callin pictures in Memorial Cemetery
I'm not sure if I replied to your request to use my photos. If I didn't reply, I apologize. You may use my photos as you wish. Thanks.
Added by Steve Kompier on Jul 08, 2015 8:11 AM
Julia Ather
RE: Carter Landram Ovington
Hello, Joan,
Wonderful to hear from you, a close relative of Carter's! I did a lot of work for the American Cemetery where Carter is buried, and I was very touched by his story, that his mother lost her only son--so sad. Just recently I read a little article about the unit Carter joined, the Lafayette Escadrille, titled "Flying, and Dying, for France." It's in the latest issue of American History magazine, and it gave me a better understanding of what the Lafayette Escadrille was. Of course, I immediately thought of Carter because I remembered it was his unit. It was pretty elite! That's why I went back, looked at his memorial, and saw your flower and note. Thanks for the compliment about my work, and I completely understand if you'd rather that I manage his memorial. God bless you!
Added by Julia Ather on May 23, 2015 5:15 PM
Julia Ather
Carter Landram Ovington
Hello, Joan,

A few years ago, you left a flower on Carter's memorial saying that you are his relative. I've put a lot of work into his memorial, mostly to honor his sacrifice in WWI; but I am not related to Carter, and I prefer relatives managing memorials. Would you like to have his? Just let me know, and I'll transfer it to you.
Added by Julia Ather on May 20, 2015 8:00 AM
Steve Kompier
RE: Callin pictures in Memorial Cemetery
Thanks for asking about permission.You may use my photos any way that you see fit.
Added by Steve Kompier on Mar 16, 2015 9:17 AM
Olive Bernice Brant
Sorry - Bernice's maiden name is Brant, not Hooker. Her mother's name was Hooker. :o)
Sue S.
Added by Sue on Feb 12, 2015 3:23 PM
Olive Bernice (Hooker) & William Hurlburt
Thank you for the photos of the markers for Olive Bernice Hooker & William Hurlburt (#60415144). Would it be OK with you if I post your photos, with credit, to my family tree?
Thank you,
Sue S.
Added by Sue on Feb 12, 2015 3:22 PM
Kathleen Watson
Carolee ornduff Bjork
do you know where roberts daughter carolee is burried?
Added by Kathleen Watson on Jun 06, 2014 11:50 PM
Don Watkins
Callin's @ Forest Lawn
Also added a photo for Frances Ruth Callin. Don
Added by Don Watkins on Jul 01, 2013 2:26 PM
Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
RE: Davenport, Laura Maria (Hix,Hicks)
The book didn't list any Laura Davenport, which tells me she is not buried at Oak Grove. Good hunting!
Added by Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey on May 18, 2013 12:14 PM
Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Picture taken for FAG 61099910

I just wanted to tell you that your picture for the Find A Grave number above is one of the nicest pictures I have seen on Findagrave. Thank you so very much.


Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Added by Carolyn Leverich Atkinson on May 01, 2013 1:13 AM
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