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Val McGinness (#47242116)
 member for 7 years, 8 months, 2 days
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Bio Photo With few exceptions, nothing has given me more satisfaction than exploring cemeteries, taking pics, and gathering information.

On my father's side, my focus is McGINNESS, MATTHEWS, and LEAS of Lafayette, Jefferson, and Johnson counties in Missouri. My mother's side includes ALEXANDER, HANCOCK, BRYANT and STEWART of Darlington and Florence counties of South Carolina. I've been working on them for around four decades.

As a retired broadcast journalist, newsman, deejay, and radio and television announcer, I believe it's important, even a responsibility that recording information on the deceased be as correct as possible, because it's not a game to see how many Memorials you can collect, but many times a journal of their history. In other words, get the facts. Our ancestors and loved ones deserve that. It IS great that enough people find graves so people can at least locate them. But, keep in mind that the ones who have passed no longer have a say, and if a contributor just takes pictures and records dates, they're sort of missing the point. They really should make themselves easy available for adding or correcting information on the Memorialized person from those who have that info. Contributors are the only ones who can enter information about that person's life, and to whom they are related. Taking on a Memorial should be a responsibility, not just a hobby of collecting numbers.

My message to those who don't really care about their heritage is to keep in mind that if, say, your great grandfather's marriage proposal was turned down by your great grandmother, you would not even be here.

Keep an interest. Be the "keeper of the flame".
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 • 215 Memorials Added
 • 218 Memorials Managed
 • 1 Memorial/week
 • 402 Photos
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Linda Stewart
Created by: Val McGinness Record added: Jun 23, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 54038098
double Find A Grave- Sarah A Mangum Stewart
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1840
Darlington County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1917
Darlington County
South Carolina, USA

Lydia Mill Cemetery
Laurens County
South Carolina, USA

Created by: Bill Rushing
Record added: Aug 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41240889
Added by Linda Stewart on Mar 14, 2017 1:58 PM
Carrol Cortez
Kathryn Foster
I made the corrections for Kathryn. If she is your family, I would be happy to transfer ownership to you. I am not related to her.
Added by Carrol Cortez on Sep 18, 2014 7:14 PM
From My heart~to Yours
Mrs. Powers
I hope it was ok, that I transferred Mrs. Powers site to you.

Added by From My heart~to Yours on Jun 20, 2014 5:49 PM
From My heart~to Yours
RE: Mildred Alexander Powers
Thank you for reaching out concerning Mrs. Powers memorial site; I know you didn't request this, but it would give me great pleasure to transfer the site over to you.
Added by From My heart~to Yours on Jun 20, 2014 5:39 PM
Harold WARD
RE: Thanks!
Yes Val, The Laura you ask about was my Grandmother Ward, my Father was Otto Ward. I lived in the Timmonsville, SC area until 1950 I joined the USAF. Thanks For Asking, Harold.
Added by Harold WARD on Feb 10, 2013 8:27 AM
Christina Dalton
RE: DeWilton Robinson pic
You are very welcome!
Added by Christina Dalton on Dec 15, 2012 4:38 PM
Dawn Stewart
Mckay family
I noticed you have several common relatives with my husbands family. His grandmother was Ruth Mckay Stewart. How are you related to the Mckay family?
Added by Dawn Stewart on Jul 23, 2012 7:43 PM
RE: Ruther pics
You're very welcome. I'm glad I was able to get them.
Added by Mary on Jun 12, 2012 5:02 PM
Jonathan T McKnight
RE: Emerson Strickland Photos
Glad I could help, if you have others in this area you need just let me know.
Added by Jonathan T McKnight on May 08, 2012 6:50 AM
Barbara Lehman
RE: Isam L. Bryant grave marker pic
Hello Val,
You're very welcome glad to help.

Added by Barbara Lehman on Apr 23, 2012 1:38 PM
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