Stories of my Illinois ancestors brought to life by my great grandmother Grace Ellen (Smith) Scanlon during my childhood instilled within me a deep interest in learning more about our family heritage. After years of library and Internet research I decided to start visiting all the many far off places my ancestors called home. While my initial trips to Illinois focused on researching our Smith, Rowland, and Wilkerson ancestors, I immediately became fascinated by the abandoned nature of most the family farm and small community cemeteries I visited. My interest quickly shifted from personal genealogical research to visiting cemeteries that are difficult to locate and in the greatest need of being recorded. I've also traveled to Otsego County, New York and Pittsylvania County, Virginia to research my other family lines and perform cemetery readings.
My experiences visiting and documenting abandoned cemeteries ultimately led me enroll in grad school and earn a master's degree in archaeology. As part of my master's thesis I researched how the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster have been memorialized. I am thankful for my many fellow find-a-gravers across the U.S.A. who helped me locate and photograph the grave of each flood victim so they are not forgotten. This research continues. Join our discussions in the FB group "St. Francis Dam Archaeology".
I do my best to provide complete and accurate information in all my postings. Corrections are encouraged! I will gladly transfer memorials to family and I am happy share my photographs, but please give proper credit: "Ann Stoddard, Find A Grave #46964942". If I have offended anyone by adding their loved ones to the site please let me know and I will promptly remove the memorial.
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