I watched my aunt spend decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's so easy now to do ancestor research online. And so easy to make errors by clicking someone else's unproven data!
I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo, link or bio. So I am adding as many headstone photos, links, and bios as I can to memorials from cemeteries from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's.
I work from actual headstones first, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records, old newspaper articles, and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been thoroughly researched.
If you send me an edit, please cite the source of the edit information.
On new memorials that I post, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of headstones.
If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost pre-1824 Penna. Shaffer kin and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.
Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve our past.
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