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Donna Willison Head (#47158601)
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Bio Photo I started my family genealogy way back in 1970 in Oklahoma. On both sides of my family, we all grew up together. And still now, we all stay in contact with each other. I am very lucky to be surrounded by family my whole life.

I have taken some family lines back to 1300 while others are brick walls like my Great Grandfather James Willison from TX. In all these years, we still do not know who his parents or siblings are. When I heard about Find A Grave several years ago I was hoping to find my James Willison's family graves but so far no luck.

Since the 1980s, and before FaG and computers, I was walking cemeteries with index cards writing down everything that was on the headstone. Started in our town, then finally out into the surrounding counties. If I was driving somewhere and saw a small cemetery I would stop and take pictures before it was forgotten. I still do. I've taken pictures all these years, did research, etc. You know, the same stuff you do. I enjoy it so much.

The Genealogy Society that I am a very active member of is very busy in the community and county. We as a group index and take headstone pictures and post them on Find A Grave. Therefore all the work that we do in our county is entered under the society name and not our individual names.

It seems that I have ruffled some feathers with my comments below. I did not mean to. I've received emails saying that I'm confusing genealogy with Find A Grave, that Find A Grave is intended to get all headstones posted not to do genealogy research on. So I guess I am a little confused. lol I thought genealogy was to do research of your family on any and all tools that were/are available.

It makes me happy when I'm contacted about a transfer of a family member. To me they are going home to their family instead of being part of a huge memorial number to put that contributor in the limelight of how many memorials they can controls.

PHOTO PERMISSION: I do not mind at all that you use one of my pictures for your family tree. But if the picture is published other than Ancestry.com please give me a photo credit. Thanks :-)

And I do not mind transferring a family Memorial to you. Just follow the Find A Grave steps by using the Edit Tab to ask for the transfer. If they are not in my family, I will transfer.

And just know in advance that I was more than happy to take a picture for you or do the transfer. Thank You for letting me be a part of your family for a little while.

And if we are ‘cousins' please contact me. I would love to hear from you.
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Vicki G
RE: Henry Gateley
You are welcome, glad to help.
Added by Vicki G on May 14, 2016 11:00 AM
Vicki G
Henry Gateley
Donna,

I looked for Henry Gateley's stone in Harkeys Valley Cemetery yesterday but did not fine one. I could have overlooked it, but there are many field stones, unmarked, and unreadable stones.

I didn't think I found any Gateley's but when I was going through my pics, I had found two. One was a very small stone, about the size of a brick, that was covered by leaves. Just lucky to find it...it was Ervin Gateley. He may be one of Henry's children. The other was Mable Dollahon Gateley. Her stone was very hard to read, could be the angle of the sun. I wish the pic would have turned out better.

Vicki
Added by Vicki G on Mar 29, 2016 6:32 AM
Greg Kimberley
Olen Bearden
Donna, I have a photo for Olen, but there is no death date. I don't want to post the photo if he is still living. Can you confirm that Olen has passed? Best Regards, Greg.
Added by Greg Kimberley on Mar 13, 2016 9:47 PM
Bobby
RE: two Long pics
you are so very welcome . always happy to help
Added by Bobby on Jul 06, 2015 1:51 PM
Dee
Calhouns Memorial Oaks Houston
Once the hurricane passes through here I'll go take your photos. Thanks!
Added by Dee on Jun 16, 2015 11:50 AM
t. stephens
RE: Headstone pics
You are very welcome. I am just glad I decided to stick my shovel in the dirt next to Archie or else I would not have found them. I don't know if you read my caption, but they were covered deep with dirt. This part of the cemetery is nothing but dirt and mud when it rains, and I expect it will only be a matter of months before they are completely covered up again. I have uncovered markers here before only to find them covered again. It makes me wonder just how many markers have been lost here. I guess perpetual care only goes so far :-(
Tracy
Added by t. stephens on Apr 12, 2015 6:40 PM
Donald Ward
Bracken photo
Donna, If you will click on the photo I'm pretty sure you'll see that I gave credit for the photo to Teafor2.com which is Allen Wheatley's website. His site gives permission to use his photos for non-commercial purposes. If you use his photo, simply give him credit as I did and be grateful (as I so often am!) of the hard work he did documenting headstones all over the place.
Donald J. Ward
Arlington, Texas
Added by Donald Ward on Aug 25, 2014 5:37 PM
Donna King Harmon
RE: Gately Pic
Absolutely, you may use the picture however you wish.
Glad I could help.
Added by Donna King Harmon on Aug 11, 2014 8:01 PM
Anita
Ha ha
I just read your bio and I see that you've run into some of same types of members (if not the same ones) as I have...
Added by Anita on Jul 28, 2014 5:31 PM
Anita
Corrina Cranford Baldwin
I've transferred her memorial to you for your care... Also, I care more about matching family with family than the guidelines (I'm hoping to help family find their families). I don't really mind contributors that refuse to transfer anything outside of the guidelines even though I don't understand it - but the ones that PRETEND to be related, even though it's impossible, and refuse to transfer memorials are really beyond comprehension.

I have a number of Cranford memorials in this cemetery as well, but I'm not sure which may be related to Corrina. If you know or would like any of them transferred, please just let me know.

Thanks!
Added by Anita on Jul 28, 2014 5:28 PM
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