I started working on my Family Tree when I was just ten years old. My mother's sister got me started, I think today she would be arrested for child endangerment. I was the only 10 year old in my neighborhood with a five drawer government issued gray filing cabinet filled with files of birth, marriage and death certificates, census reports and Civil War pension files. By high school I was skipping school to take the Metro bus into downtown Washington, DC to go to the National Archives to spend the day in a room filled with big gray manually operated microfilm machines scanning census reports one page at a time looking for my ancestors. We're talking the mid 70s, before indexes, computers, Family Tree Maker or Ancestry.com.
I split my time between my homes in Los Angeles, California and Deposit, New York so I can do my historical and genealogical research.
I am very thankful for Find A Grave, all your entries have helped me greatly. I research not only my line but all the siblings of my line. As a British lady friend of mine so aptly put it, "you're not doing your family tree darling, you're doing the whole bloody forest!"
When I create a memorial, I research the individual and write a biography for them. Even when I am "doing the whole bloody cemetery!"
Feel free to use my photographs, but it is nice to be credited for photos as I have put a lot of work into them. Unlike some photo contributors who take pictures of moss covered stones or grass or plants blocking the vital information we are all searching for; if necessary, I clean the stones, trim around them and if it is a veteran's grave and there is no flag there I place one there before photographing the grave.
If I have made any errors in their history or have any typographical error, please let me know and I will gladly correct them. I am sure I have OCD and mistakes really bother me.
"The man who feels no sentiment for the memory of his forefathers, who has no regard for his ancestors, or his kindred, is himself unworthy of kindred regard or remembrance." ... DANIEL WEBSTER