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Joy Russell (#47079078)
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Bio Photo Hello, I am a volunteer with The Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society, and am actively involved in historical and genealogical research for Madison County (and a little bit into surrounding counties). I also work on enumerating Madison County cemeteries for publication. This involves visiting each cemetery and recording the tombstone information. One of my special projects at this time is to obtain GPS coordinates for all of the cemeteries in Madison County, by visiting each cemetery, standing in the center of the cemetery, & using a GPS to obtain the coordinates. Madison County has over 260 known burial sites and/or cemeteries. Many of them are located on remote old homesteads, and we know of several that have already been lost when the land was bulldozed. These GPS coordinates will assure that the location of these burials will be forever recorded, even if the tombstones are lost. Our Society's library has a tremendous amount of research material. Our Society has many of Madison County's cemeteries in book form. Contact me for more information. Please visit our library if you are in this area.

If you have any questions about the graves that I have posted, please feel free to e-mail me. I'm always glad to help if I can
Joy Russell
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Jean Hooks
Boatright headstone Photos
Thank you Joy for the Headstone photos for the Boatright Family .Appreciate it .
Jean Teague Hooks
Added by Jean Hooks on Apr 27, 2015 2:20 PM
Shirley Miller
Francis and Robert Beckett
Hello, These two young children were "uncles" to my mother Pearl. I am looking for information about Martha _____ Beckett, their mother. Martha was my mother's grandmother. I know that Martha was born around 1844 and she died after the 1900 Federal census. She was married to Albert Beckett. I have very little information and this is for my family history. Thank you.. Shirley Miller at Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Shirley Miller on Apr 12, 2015 8:03 PM
Walter Henry Parker picture
Hi Joy!

I just found the wonderful picture of my great-grandparents, Walter Henry & Julia Parker with their three daughters on his findagrave site. Thank you so much for posting. I have never seen this picture. Could I please use this picture on my account? (I will give you credit for the posting.)

Many thanks!
Added by Ann on Feb 23, 2015 12:10 AM
Meiguo Ren
Thank You
Thank you for your recent photograph of Jo Anna Snider Taylor's tombstone and her sister' grave (Glenda Sue Snider Carlisle). How big is the Harwood Cemetery? In Find A Grave, there are only 36 listed graves. I'm trying to locate other Snider and Taylor family members. Are you aware of any others in the cemetery?
Thanks again,
Arvada, Colorado
Added by Meiguo Ren on Feb 16, 2015 9:44 AM
Vicki Bishop
Naomi Johnson
I received a message from you today that states regarding my photo request. "According to the book "Madison County Cemetery Book 2", Naomi Johnson does not have a tombstone here, but instead her grave is marked only with a native fieldstone which does not have her name on it. She is listed in the section of the book titled "buried here in unknown location"."

Which cemetery is this referring to? My Grandmother Naomi's sister who attended her funeral told me she was buried in St. Paul, AR.

How can I re-phrase my request to see if there is a native fieldstone that could be photographed and at which cemetery?

Thank you so much for your attention to this request.
Vicki Pennington Bishop
Added by Vicki Bishop on Feb 15, 2015 1:58 PM
jerry kettner
Mclain cemetery
do you know who own the property around McClain cemetery in Madison co?
Added by jerry kettner on Feb 10, 2015 8:48 PM
Charles Neighbors
Paula Kaye Benson
Hi Joy,
My name is Charles Neighbors. I am the nephew of William John Benson & Argie (Stepp) Benson. Their daughter, (my cousin), Paula Kaye is buried at Evans Cemetery at Spoke Plant, Ark. I was 9 yrs old and living in California when she died at one week old in 1953 and I don't remember her personally.
Her name was brought up at a family get together just recently and thanks to your picture on find a grave I was able to see her headstone and I feel like I was introduced to a long lost cousin.
Thank you for the work that you do. It is very much appreciated.
Added by Charles Neighbors on Jan 15, 2015 10:18 AM
Susan Hill
Charles 'Charlie' L. Hill
Are you a relative? He is my husband's great-grandfather, so am seeking any and all help to research him and family. Can you assist in my search?

Sincerely, Susan
Added by Susan Hill on Jan 04, 2015 10:52 PM
RE: Picture on find a grave.
Thank you for your information and education. I appreciate all your work. It's a great service to all the families.
Denise Lollar
Added by DL on Sep 16, 2014 9:03 PM
Picture on find a grave.

Created by: Joy Russell
Record added: Oct 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60621016

I have just started doing family research and ran across this photo of James M. Johnson grave site, and wondered how you know this is his headstone? The picture doesn't show any names, just not sure if this is documented somewhere. I appreciate all your work. Just learning how these older cemeteries are found and documented. Thank you.
Added by DL on Sep 14, 2014 2:17 PM
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