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I have been doing genealogy research for more than fifteen years and many generations of my ancestors settled and stayed in CT, NY, VA, KY, OH and PA. My most recent immigrant ancestors came to America in the 1850s, so I have been able to locate and identify 30 of my 32 3rd-great-grandparents (the other two being a Mr. & Mrs. Smith. His first name is still unknown to me. Hers was Agnes, but her maiden name is unknown.
So I have the happy advantage of being able to find all of my 3rd great-grandparents living here in the United States. The majority of these lines can be traced even further back in America, for several generations.
Feel free to use my personally photographed tombstones. I ask only that you please credit me as the source: Judy Wilmot Davison (formerly Aunt J), to facilitate contact with other distant relatives.
I'm sure many contributors feel as I do about this, but I am just so tired of seeing my research notes and photographs copied and pasted to sites such as ancestry.com, without any effort to acknowledge the person who created and shared them (often after putting considerable time and expense into acquiring the materials and discovering valuable, new and previously unpublished information).
This is not a vanity, or ego, issue. One of my reasons for sharing my research in the first place is to contact living relatives, so we can exchange information. I've been saddened and surprised to get almost no response to my polite requests that my original research notes and family pictures be properly sourced. Because of this, I have simply decided not to upload my literally hundreds of original 19th century portraits of my ancestors and their relatives to this website, or to ancestry.com.
I have chosen to leave most of my research results posted to my memorials, since they have already been so widely copied anyway. I am creating a series of photo albums, with biographical sketches and family group sheets, which I will upload to an online publisher and make available in that way.