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GenealogyByBrenda (#46928903)
 member for 9 years, 8 months, 19 days
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Bio Photo The profile photo is of my great-grandparents. It's their wedding photo taken in 1897. I've had the photograph blown up to an 11 x 17. The frame I used belonged to my grandmother (Ella and Othie's daughter) and it hangs on the wall in my office. It's always within sight reminding me how important it is to remember our ancestors.

I have been doing genealogy for more than 36 years. I've been involved in the planning of previous Indianapolis Family History Conferences, and I'm a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I'm also working on a book about the Bennett Family. Copies will be donated to the local libraries and historical societies once it's finished.

I am very thankful to those who have worked so hard to create memorials for my family members, whether direct-line or not. Because my ancestors are important to me I will continue to ask for transfers when requesting corrections. I do consider it an honor to be able to maintain their memorials. As I've done research, my departed family becomes very real. . .that's why I ask.

Transferring Management My personal philosophy on transferring memorials: I'm not one who hides behind Find-A-Grave guidelines of having to be a direct relative. Those are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. I understand contributors have put a lot of hard work in creating memorials and maybe they don't want to "share" their work with others. That's their choice. Although the majority of the memorials I've added are my family, I have added a few non-family members. I won't hold their memorial hostage. Just ask for the transfer.

On Memorials I manage I have been working on making family connections, adding photographs, biographies and other important information about the individual so that their full story can be told. That's one of the advantages of managing your family's memorials because a stranger cannot tell a family member's story quite like someone who knew them in real life. One of the major advantages of managing your family's memorials is that you can put the photographs in the proper order to better tell their story. Otherwise, you have to send an email and make the request. I've found most will not make those changes.
I welcome all corrections, suggestions and additions.

Edits, Comments, Requests, etc. I try to process edit request, reply to comments and make transfers within 24 hours. If you are researching a common ancestor and have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'm willing to share any information I may have and help you with your research. Some names I have a large amount of information on: Bennett, Bryant, Lanam, Hamm, Brown, Allgood, Beach, Wilcox.
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Debbie Milano
Jeremiah Browne
Just a thank you for your hard work. I am from IN and related to Jeremiah through Patience Hadley.
Debbie
Added by Debbie Milano on Apr 19, 2017 10:43 AM
Shirley Hall Lawson
My Grandfather was Joseph Henry Hamm
Could you tell me for sure if my Grandfather was a full blooded Indian ?
Added by Shirley Hall Lawson on Feb 26, 2017 6:23 PM
RosiePosie
Henry & Margaret Smith
Brenda,

I failed to write down Henry's memorial number:(
Could you please send me that number so I can put
Margaret with him? Sorry for the inconvenience.

Blessings, RosiePosie
Added by RosiePosie on Feb 26, 2017 1:15 PM
RosiePosie
Henry & Margaret Smith
Brenda,

Margaret was pretty young to be married to Henry.
Are you sure about their marriage?

Just checking....

Blessing, RosiePosie
Added by RosiePosie on Feb 23, 2017 2:26 PM
RosiePosie
RE: Mary S Ferrand
You are most welcome.

Blessings, RosiePosie
Added by RosiePosie on Feb 23, 2017 2:18 PM
Observer4wing
RE: William Bennett
You are welcome, Brenda.

Yes, I get frustrated, too, with the transfer rules. With some of the rude entitlement some folks on this site have expressed, I understand why the powers that be created the rule. But you and I can choose to be mavericks!

I am very happy to pass on profiles to anyone who can improve them, or simply has heart space for them. Thank you for such a thoughtful note.

Appreciatively,

Lisa
Added by Observer4wing on Jan 28, 2017 11:06 PM
familyfinder
Jeremiah Brown #59112083
Thanks Brenda for the info. Yes, the Jeremiah Brown you had will on is mine. I descend from his daughter Patience Brown Hadley. And there she was in the will! I think the Brown I sent you info on must be a son or not even related. It doesn't get boring!
Take care,
Barbara
Added by familyfinder on Jan 08, 2017 11:54 AM
familyfinder
Jeremiah Brown #59112083
Thanks so much for creating pages for Jeremiah's ancestors. I have this bit of information on what might have been Jeremiah. I know our Jeremiah died in 1785. What are your thoughts?
Book: State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787
A Jerremyah Brown appears in the 1785 Census of Warren County, NC
2 White men under 21 and above 60
2 White females all ages
4 Total family members.
familyfinder
Added by familyfinder on Jan 07, 2017 9:07 AM
charlottewalsh
RE: Elizabeth Hamm Hendricks
Brenda,

You are going to think I'm nuts. I picked up the wrong generation with which I'm having a problem. It's Elizabeth Hendricks, daughter, I believe, of Elizabeth Hamm Hendricks and Frederick Hendricks. I have proof for the parents, and the generations below her. Her F-A-G Memorial is 138536390. I have a birth date of 31 Jul 1810 and a death of 1876, but no certificates for either that I can find. She was married to Wesley Raper 31 May 1929. Very sorry to be asking for help and then providing the wrong information!!

She was born in Kentucky, and birth records there are very hard to find before the 1900's, which I'm sure you know! Same with the death certificates in IN. Since she was buried in Monroe County in the Ham Cemetery, I'm hoping the Monroe County Library might have some information. Am going to contact them tomorrow.

Again, will appreciate any information you might have.

Thank you,
Added by charlottewalsh on Dec 18, 2016 5:15 PM
charlottewalsh
Elizabeth Hamm Hendricks
Many of my ancestors are from Indiana, and I believe I have proved two Patriots to join the DAR. A third seems it should be possible, but I'm having a hard time with a piece of documentation - proving that Elizabeth Hamm was the daughter of Jacob Hamm II and Maria Catherine Keim. Find-A-Grave indicates that is the relationship, and the lady that maintains her memorial said she has notes from relatives that go back indicating this is the case. I don't know if the notes are going to be formal enough, and I don't yet know if she has access to these notes to get copies to me. Sooo, I'm writing to see if you have come across this family in your Hamm research. As a DAR member, I know you understand how important this is to me. I'm open to any suggestions you might have.

Thank you,

charlotte smith walsh
Added by charlottewalsh on Dec 18, 2016 4:04 PM
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