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Jan Franco (#46625834)
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

PLEASE NOTE THAT "TRANSFER REQUESTS SHOULD BE FOR DIRECT RELATIVES WITHIN FOUR GENERATIONS" as per Findagrave policy- see FAQs. Please state your relationship in the request. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

You may use my findagrave photos for your personal use, with attribution; anything to be published - please contact me for permission. Click on photo for larger format.

If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
Your local library or historical society can also assist you. Ask for the person most familiar with the cemeteries or the history of the town.

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James Lawson
RE: Merab Hall Peck #27727361
I am located in the Litchfield area. Let me know if I can help you with any research. My assistant Jack the dog is always looking for an excuse to go for a walk.
Added by James Lawson on Jul 03, 2015 6:48 AM
James Lawson
RE: Merab Hall Peck #27727361
Jan- I am related to most of the Fenn's you have listed. Merab Hall Peck's first husband Augustus Lucius Fenn is from Plymouth,Connecticut.This is the Fenn family I am directly related too. It amazes me as to the amount of research you have done. Jim Lawson
Added by James Lawson on Jul 02, 2015 12:39 PM
James Lawson
Merab Hall Peck #27727361
Thank you for the transfer of Merab's Find-A-Grave site to me. I never would have found her without your help. Jim Lawson
Added by James Lawson on Jul 02, 2015 10:59 AM
Jessica Lee
Rose (cusano) Capozza #62246465
Rose Capozza is my Aunt Mother's Sister). Would you transfer the maintence of this grave to me? This work you do is such a special gift to all of the families - it puts a piece of our story to rest. Thank you. Jessica Lee
Added by Jessica Lee on Jun 25, 2015 11:40 AM
Thank you for the Churchill transfers I very much appreciate your contributions to find a grave.
Melissa #47943707
Added by Melissa on Jun 24, 2015 7:43 PM
Sandy Triem
Old Durham Cemetery
Many thanks for the Crane transfers. I truly appreciate all of your efforts on Find-a-Grave! Sandy
Added by Sandy Triem on Jun 24, 2015 6:23 AM
Vicky Melton
RE: Almeda C Williams Kelsey
Hi Jan,

Roslyn thinks it is a cenotaph. I'm surprised Frank Passic never mentioned that. My great grandmother said her Aunt Almeda never married but it looks to me like she did after all & Roslyn is correct. It is odd tho that she would have left Albion & gone back to Sharon. I'm not sure what to memorial has several links & a photo I no longer possess. All would be lost if I delete my memorial. Any advice would be appreciated !

Added by Vicky Melton on Jun 21, 2015 8:50 PM
Vicky Melton
Almeda C Williams Kelsey
Hi Jan,

We both got a message about Almeda C Williams. I just wanted to let you know that they are two totally different women. My memorial (8102414) was originally set up by the Albion Historian (Albion, Michigan) and he passed it on to me because she was a sister of my gg grandfather & I provided him with the photo of Almeda. So, I know the cemetery information for her is correct. My Almeda never married. Your Almeda (23034353) apparently married a Kelsey & stayed in Sharon CT. My Williams were also all from Sharon but moved to MI around 1840.
Added by Vicky Melton on Jun 21, 2015 12:47 PM
Roslyn Roisman-Patchi
Almeda C Williams Kelsey
Hello Vicky and Jan:

I just viewed two memorials for the same exact person at different cemeteries and even different states.

Vicky: Your memorial is posted at the incorrect cemetery. #8102414

Jan: Your memorial is in the correct cemetery. # 23034353 therefore according to the policies of the site I believe yours is the valid memorial even though it was added after Vicky's

Perhaps there is a way to merge the two memorials together since there is so much vital information on each memorial?


Added by Roslyn Roisman-Patchi on Jun 21, 2015 11:41 AM
Lucia Coletta
Jan, Thank you very much for the time and trouble you took to find my grandmother's grave. I appreciate your help! Is there any chance that you are related to the Franco family who lived on Putnam Street in New Haven?

Added by Alan on Jun 21, 2015 5:17 AM
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