It is indeed desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors. --Plutarch (AD 46-127) "Of the Training of Children," Morals
I'm a native of Washington, DC, and have lived here most of my life. My parents met while at George Washington University, my father a Mississippi native, and mother a transplanted Kansan. I graduated from the Capitol Page School after four years as a Supreme Court page, then went to Georgetown, and while at GU began a 41-year career working in the House of Representatives. From 1988 until retiring in 2007 I was the House Reading Clerk, or announcer.
Like my father and grandfather, I'm a Mason. I'm also active in the Sons of the American Revolution, belong to a few other lineage societies, and believe it worthwhile to preserve genealogical data found in cemeteries for future generations. I've devoted considerable time in particular to the graveyards of Lamar County, Alabama, where my paternal grandparents were born; Arlington National Cemetery, four miles from my home; and Congressional Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark eight blocks away, of which my wife was Executive Director 2008-2012.
Surnames in my direct lines include Adamson (England>PA>TN>IN>IA), Astle (Derbyshire>IL>KS), Bennett (Somerset>Jamestown), Brewer (NC>KY>AL), Brown (SC>MS>AL), Dark (NC>TN>IL), Dodd (MD), Dowdle (Ireland>SC>MS>AL), Ford (VA>TN>MS), Fountain (DE/MD>IN>IA>KS), Fowler (MA>OH>KS), Hankins (NY>NJ>VA>TN>AL), Hart (NC), Hays/(Haas?) (SC>MS>AL), Hickman (IL>AL), Kennard (PA>NJ>OH), Kirkland (VA>NC>TN>AL), Mattox/Maddox (Eng/Wales>VA>NC>TN>MS), Meixell/Maxwell (Germany>PA>OH>IL>KS), McDougal (Ireland>PA>NC>SC>MS>AL), Melton (NC>TN), Middleton (SC>MS), Moore (NC>TN>AL), Morton (SC>TN>AL), Overman (Germany>England>CT>NC), Peden (Ireland>SC), Sellers (NC>TN>IL) and Williams (Wales>PA>MD>NC>TN>IN>IA>KS).
------------------------------------------------- As with anything on the Internet, you should verify the accuracy of information posted on Find a Grave before accepting it as fact, and especially before spreading it. Entirely too much inaccurate information makes its way into F/G memorials based on assumptions or family lore.
Memorials under my care contain only data for which I have evidence. If a place, date, or family link can't be proven, the field will be left blank.
Before proposing an edit therefore, please consider whether it adds information unavailable elsewhere, and whether you have in hand and are willing to share evidence proving the edit.
While I'm willing to add information, each change must be supported by clear, specific, verifiable evidence. Because Find a Grave’s automated edit system provides no way to attach evidence, my email address is published below for that purpose.
Official documents aren't necessarily required - published obituaries often suffice - but images rather than internet links are preferred. I do not open unrecognized URL's.
General references such as "the 1930 census," "FamilySearch," or the title of a book, are neither clear nor specific -- identified images from such sources probably would be.
Hearsay is not evidence. Nor is being "related" or "the family historian."
Edits are suggestions. They are not commands.
Lectures about doing the research myself ignore the fact that you found the memorial in the first place only because of information I dug up and posted. Unless they supply the needed evidence, lectures in no way enhance the likelihood your edits will be accepted.
Because of sheer volume, edits received without evidence are held at most 24 hours, then declined and deleted. They may of course be resubmitted when evidence becomes available.
Here are a few examples of clear, specific, and verifiable evidence:
“1910 Federal census, Midland Co., TX, E. D. 165, Sheet --, Line --. “---------” age 3 months, born in ----, living with her parents --------- and ---------- in the household of her paternal grandfather ---------.
“-------- accompanied her husband --------- to Havana, Cuba, in the 1950s where he was an agricultural attaché at the U. S embassy until 1961. See Foreign Claims Settlement CU----- at http://www.justice.gov/fcsc/cuba/documents/---------.pdf.
"His son ---------’s marriage license (attached) naming parents.
"Florida Death Index has ---------, born -- --- ----, died -- --- ---- in Dade County."