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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG noderninzing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. As an example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. while my paternal ancestry in America started in 1633 with a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker who arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1638 he had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. The biographical presentations are not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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Ky White
Wm Langston
He's buried in the Cope Cemetery in Johnson Co,TX. You have extensive family records in the memorial. Do you have a source for listing all of his children?

Ky W. White, a descendant.
Houston, TX
Added by Ky White on Jul 11, 2014 1:36 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Hannah Belding Lancelott
Your request has been completed.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 07, 2014 7:37 PM
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Rebecca Belding
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Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 07, 2014 7:21 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Ozias Belding
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Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 07, 2014 5:50 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Mable Griswold
Hi Don, I did add the information you provided. One question: the headstone shows "Mable" but it looks like other records show her as "Mabel". Do you think I should create another record with Mabel and add a notation to see "Mable" or leave all as is. Obviously, I'm doing this for others rather than for me so just want to make sure that it will be easy for others to find her. Best, Marie
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 07, 2014 5:48 PM
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Richard Montague
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Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 06, 2014 9:31 PM
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Lucy Wright Montague
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Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 06, 2014 9:27 PM
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Huldah Adams Montague
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Added by Marie Bonafonte on Jul 06, 2014 9:24 PM
Sarah Boardman Chuchill
I attempted to send you an email regarding the Churchill Family, but it didn't go through.

Please contact me directly.
Added by SG on Jul 06, 2014 2:36 PM
Mary Harrell-Sesniak
Anna Hoyt
Hi Don,

You sent this message, "I am most curious regarding the statement in this memorial that Anna was the dau. of Zebulon Deming." The reference came from my mother who reported, "Information from Fulton County, NY Genweb."

Hope this helps.

Added by Mary Harrell-Sesniak on Jul 05, 2014 10:35 AM
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