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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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|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
|Gregory Navarro||RE: Great-Grandma Dolores|
If it wouldn't be any trouble, I would be honored. I have a lot of stuff and now I finally have the time to assemble it. I just finished linking her to my Grandma and Aunt Toni. Going through the pictures and in short order those will be appearing. Thanks again. Email me if there's anything related you're interested in.
|Gregory Navarro||Great-Grandma Dolores|
|K - B||Helen Arras|
Thanks for pointing out that she seems to be listed in two different cemeteries. I have a cemetery record book for both Mt Vernon and Mt Calvary cemeteries and both have a Helen Arras listed with the dates given. I can tell you that we (another Find A Grave contributor & I) have found errors in both books in the past. Whether this is an error or there are two individuals with the same name who died so close together is going to take some research. Do you have any information on either or both that may help?
Added by K - B on Feb 01, 2014 2:55 PM
|Linda G.||Margaret A Krisor|
Whoa! Our clan has way too many Margaret Kisors! I just realized that your Anna Maggie is the same person as this Margaret A. #61613959. Dates match. Your page was entered first, but this page has the grave photo. Just before I caught the duplication, I sent the other person an edit to link her to her parents. Do you want to delete your page, or contact the other person to get the grave photo, or?????
Added by Linda G. on Jan 29, 2014 3:28 PM
|Jean ||Grave Marker - Matuskiwiz|
William Matuzkiwiz was my Grandmother's father. She died in 1912. I have been trying for years to get information and I saw a copy of the Obit. I also read that Russell is part of your lineage. I have also been trying to find relatives of George and Ray Russell. I met some cousins Dean, Gail, Elaine and Diane Russell in the 60's. Are you related to any of them? Thank you- Jean
Added by Jean on Jan 28, 2014 12:42 PM
|Garry Parkes||Fannie Goodreds|
According to the DCC Burial website Fanny was Cremated and her ashes where scattered. I have no idea where. I am sorry I can not help with this.
|William Whyte||Goodreds in New Zealand|
I see you are after a photo of Nehemia Goodreds and asked for photos of any other Goodreds that may be near.
If you try the website https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/
you can search for death records and it will give you names. It has one name from 2012 that you don't have, but it doesn't include some of the ones that you have put in New Zealand. It doesn't tell you where they are buried though.
The Christchurch council records (http://librarydata.christchurch.org.nz/Cemeteries) has Nehemia's occupation as Engineer.
For Andersons Bay use the website http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/cemeteries/cemeteries_search
Hope that helps with your research. I will try and get a photo of Nehemia's grave this weekend.
|Garry Parkes||Cyril Frederick William Goodreds|
I was about to chase up your request of Cyril Frederick William Goodreds at the Anderson's Bay Cemetery but can not find any reference to his Burial. There is a FANNIE LOUISA Goodreds. I hope this is of some use.
Best Wishes Garry
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