Stories of my Illinois ancestors brought to life by my great grandmother Grace Ellen (Smith) Scanlon instilled within me a deep interest in learning more about my family heritage. After years of library and Internet research I decided to start visiting the places my ancestors called home. While my initial trips to Illinois focused on researching my Smith, Rowland, and Wilkerson ancestors, I was immediately fascinated by the isolated and abandoned nature of the small family farm and community cemeteries where my ancestors are interred.
My tadophile tendencies led me to grad school, where I earned a master's degree in Anthropology. For my master's thesis I researched how the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster have been memorialized and remembered. 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.
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.I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org