|Patricia O'Neal (#47113049)|
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Family names that I'm 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, STEWART and CORNELLS (AL). 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.
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: www.navymemorial.org, www.usmm.org and www.uboat.net
I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on ancestry.com that lists the race and nationality of many 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 post 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 accessible by the public. That being said, it's not just a necessity for record keeping and provenance to acknowledge any source, but it's common courtesy to give due credit to other genealogists/historians that we 'borrow' from.
Although the administrators of findagrave don't consider this a genealogy website, that is precisely what it has become for many of us. AND IT'S FREE. In fact, this is one of the very few websites with genealogy data that has remained free for everyone. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for findagrave, and to all of its volunteers and contributors - "Thank you."
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|rrfamilyhistory||RE: Mary and Norman Louderback|
Thanks. Where the office said they were there was open space. I did not locate a headstone for any of the names you listed. I walked the rest of the section with no luck. Thanks again for the welcome.
|Gray Chandler||Emma Bowling photo|
Thanks for your quick response.
|Lanie||Pinewood Memorial Park|
Thank you for adding the Collier family grave photos from Pinewood Memorial Park. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Oct 22, 2016 11:37 PM
|M W Bencal||Augustus Warren "Gus" Darnell #87216400|
You have done an amazing job of documenting Gus Darnell in his memorial!
Gus' second wife, Mabel, affectionately known as Darnell, was the second wife of my husband's paternal uncle, John Robert "Jack" Bencal, Sr #145220238.
While researching Gus Darnell, I learned that a Liberty Ship was commission in honor of Gus as the SS Gus W. Darnell. The SS Gus W. Darnell was later commissioned as the USS Justin - - http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46228.htm
I might not have the terminology right in the above paragraph. For that, please forgive me.
(I also need to do some updating on Mabel's memorial, which I will do as soon as I send you this message.)
I thought you might want to add to Gus' memorial that a Liberty ship was commission in his name.
Thank you for creating the wonderful memorial for Gus, and thank you for all that you do to remember those who have passed.
|darealjolo||RE: Glen Mathews, Memorial #56292144|
I cheated! It was from my 'library collection'as I call it!
|Pamela Whitaker||RE: Greg Hamilton, Memorial # 159999937|
It was my pleasure! I am glad that you like them.
|ALLAN MORRIS||RE: Bobby Smith Nichols, Memorial #145114398|
No relation to this family. I was a coworker of Bobby and had thought of him. I added the obituary to remember him with just a little more information for someone that might be researching his family in the future.
|Don Blauvelt||Josiah Wright, Jr. (c1756-1792)|
Thank you very much Patricia! See also the inscription section of his memorial.
|darealjolo||RE: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Photos|
This is something we have wanted to be able to do for years, but have only recently come across a program that allows this to be done. It does of course require considerable editing to ensure that the inscription is perfectly horizontal.
There used to be a program by which, instead of drawing the line around the inscription, the entire inscription line could be highlighted with colour.
We use yellow as we think that stands out best.
|Don Blauvelt||RE: Cherry Hill Cemetery Survey|
Thanks for the note. On the web type in "Cemetery Survey of Pitt County." It should result in reference to digital copies in pdf form of both the 2007 Vol One and Vol Two published Pitt County Historical Society work. They are secured to prevent directly copying the text in them, but are fully searchable.
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