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Jan Franco (#46625834)
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

Please state your relationship when making transfer requests. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

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If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
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16666451 Anna Allyn
I see that she died in New Haven, but is buried in Hartford. I understand from folks at the Wethersfield Historical Society that before the Civil War, people pretty much were buried in the church district where they died. I've heard of a few making it from near by to say Hartford, but from New Haven to Hartford seems pretty far. Any thoughts on this? I know her husband is in the crypt in New Haven. Thanks,
Added by smanastas on Sep 17, 2017 2:49 PM
William Van Natta
RE: Therza Van Etten
Thank you I haven't been able to find her obit online. Just found out that she started to work for the school in 1915 which leads me to believe her husband Isaac passed away before that. So now to find out more about him.
Added by William Van Natta on Sep 17, 2017 7:43 AM
William Van Natta
RE: Therza Van Etten
Thank you for your reply, It should be two words. But since sending you that message I have found more on her as well a picture of her. I will post it shortly. She worked for a time as a matron of a school until she purchased the Forget Me Not Inn, in Williamstown, Ma in 1937.
Added by William Van Natta on Sep 17, 2017 6:56 AM
William Van Natta
Therza Van Etten
Hello Jan, I see you added the memorial for Therza Van Etten, might be a relative or know of her? Thank you for adding her, she was a remarkable woman from what I have found.
Added by William Van Natta on Sep 17, 2017 5:26 AM
Shirley Conley
Capt. Aaron Cook
Hi Jan,

Aaron Cook was born on 12/28/1696 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT.

He is buried at Northford, New Haven County. He died 10/14/1756.

I'm working on the Cook genealogy and saw you didn't have his birth date:)

His birth is recorded in the Wallingford town records, his parents were Samuel Cook and Hannah Ives.

Best, Shirley
Added by Shirley Conley on Sep 16, 2017 1:39 PM
Clarkson Ayers
Please email if you need more information on his date of birth Thanks You will find my email on the suggest a corrections page I sent.
Have a great day
Added by annie on Sep 16, 2017 7:32 AM
Mark Sistrand
Curran Family - St. Augustine
Hi Jane, I sent some edits in separate messages, but I think I confused two dates, so here is everything in one message:
St. Augustine Cemetery burials -
Margery Curran b.1842, Ireland d.30 APR 1874.
Her children, all born in Bpt.and died of diphtheria:
Catherine (Katie) b. 14 Jun 1868 d. 16 JUL 1873.
Jane (Janie) b. 1870 d. 15 JUL 1873.
Bernard (Bernie) b. 05 NOV 1871 d. 22 JUN 1873.

Her husband was John Curran, who remarried, died 1885. I have a feeling that he, as well, is buried in the same family plot. His second wife, Mary McMenamey, is buried in St. Michael.

Thank you very much! Mark
Added by Mark Sistrand on Sep 09, 2017 1:55 PM
transfer of Holland Earl Shaw in First Church East Haddam CT
Hi Jan
I was wondering if you could transfer management of this memorial to me, I am his grand daughter and would like to add more bio information to his memorial. Thanks so much for all the hard work you do on this site.

Holland Earl Shaw
Birth 27 May 1889
Death 22 Oct 1969
Burial First Church Cemetery • East Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
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Memorial ID 10361296
Added by Carolyn on Sep 02, 2017 9:22 PM
Likewise, could you pls transfer her husband. Victoria Garstka was my husband's grandmother, not ggrandmother-sorry for the earlier error. Sheila Anastas 48679577
Added by smanastas on Sep 01, 2017 4:37 PM
If I haven't already requested this, please transfer this memorial to me. Its my husband's ggrandmother. Thanks,

Sheila Anastas #48679577
Added by smanastas on Sep 01, 2017 4:34 PM
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