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Patricia O (#47113049)
 member for 5 years, 8 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo Family names that I'm currently researching are OSBORN (CT), O'NEAL (FL, AL, GA) IVES (FL), NC), TUTTLE (NC), MACKEY (FL, SC), DUNN and BARDIN (both AL), as well as McKEE (McKEY), MILLS and STEWART. I'm also researching BROYLES (VA, TN) and especially SHIPP (VA).
I have completed the Lost Ships project, which includes a memorial for each man aboard the 33 US merchant ships that were "lost" during World War II. These memorials contain information about each ship and its fate, information that many of the families of the merchant seamen never knew. These men have neither cemetery nor grave, only the ocean; their families have no piece of earth to adorn in memory of their lost loved one. I hope these memorials will somehow help to ease that loss. My goal now is to transfer these memorials to the families so that their biographical information can be included and they can be linked to their loved ones.
See the list of virtual cemeteries on the right for names of the ships. The 'Lost Ships' are all identified by (L) after the name of the ship.
My main sources:, and

I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on that lists the race and nationality of most mariners so I am including this information for any mariner who is listed as 'Negro', 'Black or 'African' in the hope that it will help those of African ancestry to identify their family member(s).
NOTE: Any photo that I have posted to this website is free to be used by anyone. I gladly donate them, as well as any biographical information, to further genealogical research. I believe family histories, public records, archived newspapers and anything else that contributes to the gathering of genealogy should be free and open to the public. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for this website, and to all of its contributors - "Thank you."

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Valerie Neal
RE: Just wanted you to know . . .
Thank you! I absolutely love the memorials you are creating for our lost Merchant Mariners. What a great project! I especially love your note at the end of your bio regarding photos. I am so tired of hearing about copyright! In my opinion, it is all about competing egos!
Added by Valerie Neal on Dec 14, 2014 4:47 AM
Susan Barwick
RE: Just a Note from a Kindred Spirit
Thank you so much! I have explained this to several other members who do not "indulge" in genealogy and the response has been 100% in their understanding how researching for family works. Most common response was that they did not realize how important all the extra info/links were to others. Thank you for all that you do.
Added by Susan Barwick on Dec 03, 2014 6:36 AM
Linda Claxton
RE: Memorial# 124917834, William M. Thomas
You're very welcome.

Added by Linda Claxton on Nov 30, 2014 7:40 PM
Jill Palmer
RE: Edgar Sinclair Malone, Memorial #70987227
Thank you so much.....

Added by Jill Palmer on Nov 20, 2014 2:06 PM
Jill Palmer
RE: Edgar Sinclair Malone, Memorial #70987227
Hi Patricia,

Thank you for all you are doing. Yes, please turn it over to me I would love to have it. I am his 2nd cousin. All his siblings are deceased and I have not seen any of his nieces or nephews doing genealogy I would be honored to maintain it until a niece or nephew step up.

Added by Jill Palmer on Nov 20, 2014 7:46 AM
Eric Ackerman
RE: Michael Frank Deproperty, Memorial #76980433
I was only too glad to assist. Thank you for all you do on Find-A-Grave!!!
Added by Eric Ackerman on Oct 09, 2014 7:56 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
RE: Cambridge memorials
Let's continue this correspondence PRIVATELY; I will read your message and reply to your e-mail address shortly as I am unwell this morning. I admire what you are doing, and suggest that we 'work' together, especially as I can learn a lot from you, as I have done with other gravers? My primary interests are the family of Charles Darwin and my new book proposal, which includes several Darwins by marriage (especially Americans). Martin
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 09, 2014 4:27 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
RE: Cambridge War Memorial Photos
Sorry Patricia, I have no idea as to why those ??images were deleted and by whom; regards, Martin.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 09, 2014 12:33 AM
Martin Douglas Packer
RE: Cambridge War Memorial edits
ps "THE CAMBRIDGE AMERICAN WAR CEMETERY: I am now managing some 599 ex-'CWGC/ABMC' memorials; please be patient as I attempt 'remedial' work on most of them.[I have added countries and US states of birth, some were born well outside the US of A mainland and most importantly, ranks]. It has been a privilege to do this: I now need dates of birth and place names, as well as (in some cases) dates and places of death, so do HELP please ASAP!" from my Profile.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 08, 2014 4:50 PM
Martin Douglas Packer
RE: Cambridge War Memorial edits
Unfortunately the person who originally created these memorials did not indicate the country of birth; I have been surprised at how many of them are not American, hence I thought it was important to show not only the countries of birth, but also in the case of Americans, which states they may have come from. I am now managing 599 Madingley memorials and the majority of them are 'work in progress' as I am checking for better data, and asking relations/other organisations to supply the missing data - the response to "A" to "E" has been encouraging. Equally a lot of these 599 memorials lack images, I have had to request some of them and have asked Arthur Brookes for his assistance; so far he has supplied 7, but I need about 62 in total. I am not a military historian but am doing this work at the request of Find-A-Grave. I would appreciate your own assistance please, rather than criticism? This work is a "labour of love" for me and I am 'honored' to be doing it. Regards, Martin
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Oct 08, 2014 4:43 PM
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