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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 modernizing 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 elimination of 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. For 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. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1639 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1642 Gerrit 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. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

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. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also 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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Donna Hasbrouck
RE: 35314306
Sent her a message TAG, Vol 27, pg 162 and NEGHR, Vol 105(1951) pg 199 support Barnabas as the brother of Anna

Hopefully, she'll make the correction

Added by Donna Hasbrouck on Aug 27, 2015 10:41 AM
Donna Hasbrouck
RE: John Goodrich #48313932
Bless you, thanks.
Added by Donna Hasbrouck on Aug 26, 2015 11:43 AM
Donna Hasbrouck
John Goodrich #48313932

We share a lot of common ancestors. Your memorials are extraordinary, and I for that I appreciate you.

John's burial unknown and you have a note, "Specifically: St. Marys Parish, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England." Is he in St. Mary's and his memorial just hasn't been transferred there?

Again, thanks for all you do for your ancestors and their descendants.

Added by Donna Hasbrouck on Aug 26, 2015 9:45 AM
Ken Kelly
Jonathan Hatch #5846925
Jonathan Hatch #5846925 was my 8th Great Grandfather. Are you also his direct descendant? I'm an amateur Genealogist. Would you care to exchange/share a Family Tree/Lineage? Thank you very much for your consideration.
Ken Kelly,
Added by Ken Kelly on Aug 21, 2015 6:52 PM
Michael Kruse
13900573 Joseph Bartlett
Hi Don,

Thanks for the helpful article about Francis Griswold and wife. Not my direct line but I have corrected the information about Sarah vs. Mary

As to “at” versus “in,” my understanding is that either is technically correct but over the past fifty years “at” has become archaic. We use “in” for places all the time.

“He was born in Denmark.”
“I was married in Oklahoma."
"We live in Los Angeles.”

Anymore, I think “at” has come to mean a very precise location.

“She was born at her grandparents’ house.”
“He was born at 234 Maple street.”
“He was born at memorial hospital.”

Conceptually, someone is born “in” a city in the sense that they are within the city limits (or whatever geographical boundary is being invoked). I tend to use “at” for very specific places no bigger than maybe a hamlet of a few people.

See this link for more discussion:
Added by Michael Kruse on Aug 17, 2015 11:00 AM
I don't quite understand what you want me to do concerning Sarah.
Added by KEN DOTY BROWN on Aug 15, 2015 12:33 PM
L Pritchett
James Cudworth II
Thank you for sharing your insight and corrections for my many times great grandfather's memorial. I do not want to be spreading erroneous information. I am grateful for all you shared. Please have a marvelous weekend. ~ Lynn
Added by L Pritchett on Aug 13, 2015 11:46 PM
Ken Saccocia
William Bradford
Added your information.

Caution...I don't think that one should count on complete accuracy re using information on this web site as true and accurate when building a genealogy database. Source information is missing. I learned this the hard way when I accepted a family history and was lead down a track that was not correct. Just saying.
Added by Ken Saccocia on Aug 11, 2015 7:51 AM
RE: Your memorial 52532104
Hello Don. I am out of town will get in touch next week
Added by Carole on Jul 30, 2015 10:06 PM
Linda Mac
RE: Henry Howland [34785083] and wife Mary
Are you claiming 6 factual errors in the sketch of Henry and 4 factual errors regarding wife Mary made by Robert Charles Anderson? Have you submitted them to him? How has he responded?
Added by Linda Mac on Jul 30, 2015 4:39 PM
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