Edits take first priority. Will get to emails when I am able. Thank you for your patience. I had to change my email address recently for Findagrave use only.
Please use the edit tab for contributions, corrections, links, etc., by going to the person's memorial page. Very easy to do! Please do NOT use the Flower Memory for this purpose; this information will be missed because memorial managers will not be notified if a flower is left on it. However, I will sometimes use it if the owner is not responsive or will not add the additional info in the bio section.
Please use email if you have questions or to discuss genealogy further. I have turned off the public message board because many have misused it.
It's my pleasure to take photos and share them with you, however, please give credit where it's due. You may use my pictures for personal use only, with credit given as: "Photo Courtesy: Dorothy Findagrave #47601262". My photos should not be used for publication in any way or form, without permission or knowledge from me.
I try to contribute info when I can as I work through my trees. I branch out as well so I can help make the memorials (and families) as complete as possible. I also create memorials along the way. I encourage you to contribute too! PLEASE do your part to help contribute! Dates, locations, list of children, obits, links, etc. There are too many blank or orphaned or incomplete FAG memorials. Many are not yet linked to each other. If you see them in your trees, please help branch out a little bit and contribute with additional info!
A BIG thank you to all memorial creators, photographers, and info contributors who take the time and effort to make this project a huge success. It's really the collaborative effort that we all work together to make this Findagrave possible.
I've always had passion in genealogy. Virtually all my roots started in New England 400 years ago, heavily concentrated in CT and MA. I also have roots in Detroit, all my German ancestors migrated from Germany to Detroit in 1800s. It has been a fascinating journey discovering and learning so much more about my family, their migrations westward, and local history along the way. I have found that Findagrave has been an extremely valuable tool, a great asset in my research.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are HUNDREDS of genealogy groups on Facebook. Surname, state, regional, and local groups abound. Do take advantage of them, they are free and some folks are really helpful. Use them to find new info and to find new cousins, and more! It's been an amazing way to connect with so many other cousins!
Do take advantage of yDNA testing to preserve the surnames especially those going back 300, 400 years ago in Colonial America. www.FTDNA.com is the best source for yDNA testing and also has the largest and well-established database. The bonus is they keep the testee's sample for up to 25 yrs for future tests. I especially urge those who have roots in Colonial New England have their living MALE relatives who carry the surname Phelps, Riley, Reed, Howe, Mason, Avery, Trowbridge, Eaton, Jackson, Kellogg, Ketchum, Olmsted, Stebbins, Bell, Knott, Douglass, Calkins/Caulkins, Carpenter, and oh, so many more, to test their yDNA. We need your help to establish and confirm the surname branches. The Family Finder test, which is an autosomal DNA test, is another great DNA tool, offered through FTDNA. Get your oldest family members tested first.