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I think 'Find A Grave' is the next best thing to the real cemeteries when they are too far to travel. Names would not be recorded into Find a Grave database, to be found, if not for the time & efforts of ALL contributors. It is the best way to give back to our ancestors, and others who are looking for family...Everyone deserves to be remembered, no matter how long ago they died. It is not about numbers, it is about people who came before. Their names should not be forgotten. It is about caring...Life is a gift, with deep roots...Someday, everyone will be an ancestor.
Hollywood Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia has been my project since I began on findagrave. That was 14 years ago when started with looking for my GGrandparents. I had never heard of Hollywood Cemetery. My uncle told me where it was. The area around Hollywood was once a middle-class white area. This is no longer the case. Basically it is a very distressed area.
Lincoln Properties, who owns Hollywood (and other cemeteries) is located about 5 miles away. I went to Lincoln Properties. I was the only white person there. The lady at the desk waited on a number of people while I stood in line & she was as nice as she could be to them. Her attitude totally changed when it was my turn. She was less than nice, short, hateful & very un-helpful. I left mad & frustrated, vowing to list everyone buried at Hollywood. I had no idea there were over 6,000 graves there. And....there is no telling how many more are unaccounted for. A fair amount of them are unmarked. It is just out of downtown Atlanta & is in deplorable condition. I did not want those there to be forgotten. Lincoln has all the records but will not share with me or anyone else. My son & grandson went up into the roughest part (which is now woods) taking pictures for me, many hundreds of them. A few years later, James Stephens contacted me, wanting to help. Bless his heart, for three years, he systematically searched every inch of the three huge corners and the tiered section. Everything I had not added, he did. He went through tons of kudzu, briers, vines, falling into holes, digging out markers totally covered in dirt and debris, etc. Walls are crumbling due to neglect. You cannot imagine it's condition until you go there. If your relative at Hollywood does not have a marker picture showing, there isn't a marker for them. Many, many unmarked graves there. Still I work on it, literally every day, linking folks to their relatives. I treat each person there as if they are my relative, working to connect them to family members. If you can help in any way, please contact me. You can also go to James' website - www.stephensroots.com, then go to OTHER to get to the ariel maps of Hollywood. He has set & sectioned off where you can find relatives with markers more easily. It is a jungle out there & in not such a nice neighborhood. Caution is advised. Daylight hours only are advised.
PLEASE.......when you find your relative's page, leave flowers and at least a short note. In that note, state your relationship to that person. This is a great way to find living members of your family. If you leave nothing, no one knows you are out there. Leaving this lets them know that you are also kin to them and they will contact you. This is a win, win situation.
The Story Tellers...We are the Chosen.
My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family - you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
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|Heartbroken Daddy's Girl||Corbett at Friendship|
I posted on fb anyone that knew anyone that attended the church, and I got a response. I called the person, and he is now record keeper. (I went to school with his dad, what a coincidence).
He said in 1932 the cemetery records were kept at the courthouse...and burned in the 1960s...only copy!!!!
He also said there were 3 or 4 men that are older gentlemen that may remember the burial site, most have rock markers. He said there are about 100 unmarked graves. He will give my phone number to them, and hopefully I will get a call from someone who remembers.
Thought you would like the update...thanks for your help!
|Claudia||Find A Grave Memorial# 20207133|
The person making that contribution said that they would like to talk to anyone who is related to Ellen Amanda Jarrett Miller but I don't know how to get in touch with him/her. I am not actually related - my grandfather's first wife was her twin sister, Ellen Frances Jarrett, but I want to know more about her.
Please get in touch.
Added by Claudia on Jul 11, 2017 6:38 PM
|Rachelle C||Minerva Roberts|
Thank you very for the transfer of my great Aunt Minerva Chamberlain Roberts. I appreciate you making it and I'm already adding all of the family connections to her memorial.
|Andrew Holstein||Robert Edward Woodruff|
I took a picture of the stone for Robert Edward Woodruff today. It says he was born 1872. You added he was born 1875. Not sure which is correct.
Uh oh I took the picture at Crestlawn. Wrong guy?
|Myra Vanderpool Gormley||Peacock and Connally|
Thank you so much for all the work you've done and sharing. I, too, am a descendant of Elizabeth Jane Peacock and Charles William Connally. I am still researching those families.
|Carol Ballard||Mount Carmel Cemetery|
Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the pictures and history you posted on the Peacock Family's memorials.
|Good Intentions||Hollywood Cemetery|
Good on you for attempting to accomplish a task which so many others have no inclination to undertake. <3
|Hunts Forebears||Benjamin Mauldin|
Thank you for your efforts with my photo request for Benjamin Mauldin.
Would you be willing to take and post a photo of his unmarked plot?
Hopefully he has family buried next to or near him.
I appreciate your volunteer work and contribution to find a grave.
|Gary Crone||Talmage De Witt Hagerman (1886-1917)|
Not sure how to add this to your record on above.
Talmage's body was not lost or destroyed. His sister James (Hagerman) Neilson claimed the body and funeral services for Talmage were held Monday, 24 Sep 1917 at the chapel of Greenberg & Bond in afternoon (same time as wife's funeral at chapel of Barclay & Brandon).
He was buried 24 Sep 1917 in the God's Acre portion of the Westview Cemetery, Atlanta Georgia. There is no headstone or marker for him as the "God's Acre" was the burial location at the time for bodies given to the city for burial of those with no means to buy a burial. It is now woods and not accessible. Still part of the cemetery today but not maintained by city, as I understand.
I read your bio and KUDOS to you and your friend for your work in Hollywood Cemetery, Atlanta! It's a shame that some people don't appreciate what you were trying to do in Hollywood.
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