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I was "designated" as our family's Official Genealogist about 20 years ago at a family reunion that I failed to attend. My family took advantage of my absence (and my inability to protest) by a simple nomination and a democratic vote. I had hoped that the responsibility would have fallen at the feet of someone more knowledgeable, with more time - and money. It was quite some time before I actually realized that I enjoyed doing it.|
In the last 20 years, I have traipsed down endless dirt roads, spent long nights at the computer and, carting my kids through cemeteries, have run more wheels off baby strollers than I care to remember. I have journeyed thousands of miles across the country, to Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky to find answers, which often, only lead to more questions.
I am driven by the challenge, the hunt, and the familial bonds - gentle whispers from my ancestors who passed many years before my birth, often endless searches for names and dates hidden in the overgrown graveyards of historical data. Someday, perhaps, I will find them.
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|Susanna Parrish||RE: Thank you Susanna!|
Thank you but sorry about the snow. I do plan on retaking them in the spring!
|Kathryn Barney Gunderson||RE: Adeline Graham|
I will make a concerted effort to poke around amongst any Griders I can find here on Find A Grave and see if I can make any connections with Paris Grider.
Emeline, Adeline's sister, married Anderson Graham and somehow one of their offspring got tangled up with a Grider, such that my great-grandmother on the other side was a Grider before becoming an Anderson. I also saw a Grider, KY,
down south there on the map the other day. Maybe that has something to do with it.
Funny, I hadn't thought of myself as a genealogist -- even if I DO have a map of Kentucky on my nightstand now! :-)
About the only discovery I ever made was on a document my brother shared with me. I read through it and found that our grandfather had a baby brother who died shortly after birth. None of us ever knew about him so no one thought to look for him.
However, when I read through that page and saw him, and read about his parents, I found him. Little Harrison Barney. That was pretty exciting, another part of the puzzle, but that was a few years ago and it didn't really pique my interest at all to go any further.
I think it is because my mom is now gone and I have been thinking about her and what she told me along the way. Things are starting to come back to my memory, prompting me to explore more, and now when I open this site, I find a whole slew of relatives who have become much more real, even though they are long gone.
If that means I am a genealogist, so be it. I would like to be able to add more to the body of knowledge and do good research. All I seem to be doing now is linking people together here. I am not sure I am adding anything to what has come before, but I hope it will be as valuable to our descendants as it has become for me.
|Kathryn Barney Gunderson||Adeline Graham|
Those photos are wonderful! Thanks so much for finding and posting. I also noticed a Grider middle name in the list of children's names, and I am wondering whether this branch is related to the Griders who married into the family a little further down the family tree.
|Kendra L. Popplewell||Adeline Snow Graham|
Hi! Could you tell me where you were able to locate the picture of Adeline? She is my GGGG grandmother, and I never thought I would find a picture. I'm amazed! I added a picture of her son, Samuel Hercules Anderson, earlier today.
|Kathryn Barney Gunderson||Ooops, wrong side|
From my mother's FATHER's side, the Andersons.
There is an Anderson Graham out there somewhere in our stuff.
|Kathryn Barney Gunderson||Adeline Snow Graham|
I am one of her descendants, too, but don't ask me how just yet as I am pretty new to this. It's through my mother's mother's side,
a few gens back.
My brother Maurice Barney sponsored her site, so I am following behind his trail to learn what is out here.
Thanks to all who do this work. I noted somewhere else that my mother died earlier this year, and this opportunity to meet her "people," as she called them, has been good for me. I look forward to knowing about my mom's side of the family, as I was raised more around my dad's family. There is a whole other half of where I came from that I am excited to learn about.
|Patty Napierala||Elizabeth Clatterbuck Goff|
I can not remember if I put in a request before.
I would love to have photo of Elizabeth's headstone. She is my Great Grandmother. All info has her born 1849 in Kentucky (others have the year 1832) she passed on 7 June 1920.
Her husband was John Goff but is buried in another state.
She is buried in Des Moines Cemetery
|Regina Rickman Williams||Your pix|
Hello TKEdwards, My name is Regina and I'm working in Elk Spring. I have your pic but I also have about 2000 other pic. I'm going through them and trying to find the ones you are needing. As soon as I find them I'll put them on for you. Sorry it has taken me so long to get to you.
For the very nice compliment. Looks like you are doing a wonderful job adding your listings!
Love A.F.P Photo of his old cabin!
Added by barbara on Feb 13, 2010 11:55 PM