I've been working on my family's genealogy off and on since about 1980. It all started with a hand-made chart created by a grandaunt on my mother's side. Mom's family was interesting because there were many family lore stories, repeated often, and passed on by my mother and her sisters. With the help of some rudimentary shareware software I was able to put together a book and some charts in time for a family reunion. I continued to dabble at it now and then over the next few years, but life, immediate family and work kind of took care of any time I might have otherwise devoted to genealogy.
At some point I became interested in researching my father's family, of which I knew virtually nothing. My grandfather died three years before I was born. I never really thought to ask my grandmother about her family's early days. She died in 1974, long before I became interested in genealogy. So, what I have learned about my father's family has been ninety-five percent from just digging out the records and putting two and two together.
I delved back into genealogy big time once I retired and generally spend a couple of hours a day working at it nowadays.
I have found lots of great clues, information, and confirmations of previously gleaned information, as well as some surprises, on Find A Grave. With this in mind, a few years ago I took photos at one local cemetery where many of my mother's relatives are buried. She had a wealthy grandaunt who had no children of her own, yet she was very much into the family. So, many of these relatives buried at this one cemetery died elsewhere and were brought here for burial by this lady. Her way to be surrounded by family, I guess. Anyway, I have finally created memorials for these relatives on the Find A Grave site. I hope others may benefit.
RE: Florence Rice If you have a Multnomah County Library card you can look up the Historical Oregonian. I'm not sure a link will work. The article was published Tuesday, March 3, 1966, page 24. I am unable to make attachments to your public page. If you use the 'edit' tab to make your request, I'll try again.
RE: Maria Sweet I have just started work on Auburn cemeteries and have only seen derivative burial records, but I do not see an Etta or other Sweet buried in Shadyside; no one else is listed in Section 3 lot 50. In Maple Shade, few miles down the road, there are several Sweets all in Sect 1- lot 133 owned by H. Sweet: Edmund (died 10 Jul 1846), Henry (died 25 Mar 1891), Henry Hall(d 29 May 1863), Joicy (d 10 Nov 1865), Permelia (died 10 May 1884). Are you sure Etta still lived in the area when she died? Perhaps she is in a private cemetery; possibly the Messenger property has more than the 1983 ashes.
Maria Sweet Even though it appears that the lot was owned by P.H. Sweet, do not see him in the cemetery. The stone is difficult to read. If I had to guess a year, I would say 1856. As I try to sort through the cemetery and records, if I find additional information, I will let you know.