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If you have any info or corrections for me on any of the memorials I have posted please use the EDIT tab on the memorial. I check edits daily and welcome add'l info via the option "correction or suggestion."
Please don't be offended if I ask for your resource(s). I'm not being critical, just thorough.
Please do not ask me to link to a memorial where the final disposition is "burial unknown." Find-A-Grave's primary mission has always been to be a GRAVE depository. My commitment to this site is to finding where the individual was buried not to build a familytree on this website, there's lots of other options out there where you can do that.
I recently came upon the following on a findagrave contributor page and it spoke to me profoundly:
We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us, "Tell our story!" So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying, "I can't let this happen." The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish, how they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth. Without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those whom we had never known before.
-Author Unknown
Some people do crosswords, some to word search, some do sodoku, I do findagrave. I love research, I love history, and my motivation is to provide historical records to others. "Pay it forward." If what I've posted helps you in your genealogy or provides you some comfort because you can visit a grave from near or far, then my mission is accomplished and I urge you to help others in some way.
About the peacock image: It's an original drawing by its owner, Country Bill aka Robert Lee Davis, memorial number 62369265, born named Charles G Raymond, who died with no family willing to claim his body in Virginia. He had residences and/or connections in AL, FL, VA and MA. If you have any info on "Country Bill" or if you have seen this logo anywhere, please send me a message with any information you have by leaving a message on any of my memorials or you can send an email to: countrybillvirginia [at] gmail [dot] com
Some of my memorials remain without details (ugggh!) as I have had a number of projects going at once. I'm trying to revisit the thousands I have entered to make their memorials more detailed. I try really hard to include a detailed biography on the memorials I create - majority are not my family so please don't yell at me if what I have posted isn't what you think it should be or it's incomplete - I AM A VOLUNTEER and have a life of family, work and many challenges that take my attention beyond FAG memorials. I'm guilty of mistakes and oversights just like the recorders who wrote the info down over the centuries.
I don't mind if you use my pictures for your personal use or even on your genealogy website but CREDIT FAG FOR THE PHOTO! If you save a photo to your computer from and then upload it to a website, reference and the memorial number, let others know about this website! Without the reference, I consider the image STOLEN.
If you have read this far, thank you! If you are interested in helping me with my brick walls in genealogy - I'm seeking the KUBIK family origins in Bohemia, now Czech Republic, for immigrant Frank who lived in West Springfield, Mass. memorial 76364908 and his wives Josephine and Mary. I'm been searching off and on for more than a decade with no luck.
Upon my death I authorize any of my memorials to be transferred to any FAG contributor as they are requested.[thanks to FAG Cathy Clark for this statement on her contributor page as this is my desire and agreement wholeheartedly - perfect and appropriate]

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