I have been out of the loop again because of health issues. My sincere apologies to all who have written & not received answers; I will get back to you all-I promise.
My family research interests include Sanford, Wilson, McBride, Sproat, Greenleaf, Krauss, Reiff, Killinger, Cash, Long, Hacker,Dixon, Chambers, & Triplett. I also do research on my husband's family including Adams, Hale, Lewis, Roseborough, Richardson, & Beasley. I also do research for my sister-in-law including Brown, Beam, Wilkins, Hair, Gantt, Frye & Reep (all in North Carolina). This can all also be found on Ancestry.com in my tree "June's Roots & Branches".
I have been interested in cemeteries since I was a child. Dad used to take us on a Sunday drive about 75 miles out to the old family home site in what was once the town of Covello in Columbia Co., WA and to the old family cemetery a few miles from there (Turner Berry Cemetery. I enjoyed looking at the family headstones & learning from Dad what he knew of their lives. I also looked at all the other headstones, wondered about their story & felt sad when I saw the many headstones for the little children. By the way, I remember many more headstones in this cemetery than are there now; some were apparently plowed under to become part of the surrounding wheat field. Thankfully someone has now placed a barbed-wire fence around what is left of the cemetery.
This all led to my current project of documenting all of the old forgotten cemeteries in Columbia Co., Washington where I have a lot of family roots. I started out with just some of the forgotten children's graves; this was so rewarding that my project soon grew to include all the forgotten graves. My research is documented on Find A Grave & also on Ancestry.com in my multiple trees with names such as "McCall in Turner Cemetery in Columbia Co., Washington". My goals are documentation, helping others with their research & also to contact persons interested in helping to maintain and/or restore these old cemeteries. So much has already been lost & it is such a shame. This is a work in progress which is also beginning to branch out to Walla Walla Co., Washington as I also have many family roots there. I am not physically able to walk/photograph cemeteries so this is my way of contributing to Find A Grave.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or research help - or if you just want to say "Hello"!