t_town_ks

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I found Find-A-Grave (aka FAG) accidentally, but I love the idea, I hope that it always stays free to the public. I hope everyone finds it, I have learned just how genetics/health play an important (but unknown) part of our lives, so knowing family members is very important. If there is something I've posted that you question, or are concerned about; please contact me. I dislike FAG members that do not accept messages or refuse to make changes. I'd like to get the most information possible on the memorial as correct and complete as possible. I try to use as many sources as possible (that I can get to) cross-checking so that the information is correct; such as Census, both Federal and State records, Cemetery records (FYI many stones have incomplete info), Church Records, Funeral home records, County records, State records, obituaries, & from the families; but I know mistakes can be made, from information in newspapers (especially) to families memories or in other family trees. I include all wives/ex-wives as it is possible to use that information in tracing on someone else connected to that person. I have documented my mother's family back to Revolution (so now I am a member of DAR) and further back to other countries.
Please let me know about anything. I am extremely happy to share responsibilities for memorials, so if wanted please request Transfer Memorial, I use the Virtual Cemetery option to combine my family members, as well as for Special persons who might have extensive families.
One problem that comes up a LOT, is duplication; since I work mainly from church records, I have no idea if indeed there are 2 cemeteries; or 1 cemetery with various different names that were used over years; both instances have occurred. But what is the right answer?? I have found 1 person who has two stones in 2 cemetery's in 2 different STATES (also 2 countries); perhaps one is a cenotaph; but where is the body actually?? Or a different person entirely? I can't tell you because I don't know. I have found where a person was buried to start with, then because of changes for example; dams, family wants to move them, another problem is those people who have tried to add information to; and these people actually refuse/abandoned memorial; to add information; so there is a duplication; then keep as much information, to note the 1st burial (disregarding the date when entered into FAG) as a memorial and make changes to show they were here now have been moved to here; very important for tracking family moves throughout the years.
Another problem is that because I do use so many DIFFERENT records is that I do not know if there is a stone or not, until I check that cemetery FAG to see if it has been documented; sometime it has, sometimes it has not; many times the families were so poor (or transitory) that no stone was ever put up. I do the unknown burials when there is plenty of information to show that they even existed just not where they are buried, death certificates help out a lot, because the place where to body is being sent to is listed there.
Myself? I am researching for my own inter-related family branches as well; Bahr, Baker, Hays, Keyes, Kussmann, McLaughlin, Meeker, Shaw, Visger, and Walker (up to great-great-grandparents and all their siblings so far in most lines).
I found a statement about links that is similar to my own beliefs. Myself? I believe in adding all information as found because others might not have that particular detail that will help them. I have requested of Melaney Friesen Shaum to be able to use it and with permission, here it is:

•♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥•
Let's help the next family member or researcher that visits a memorial by adding all the family links that we know. When family members are not linked, it makes the next person do the research all over again. Also, if we have the information, let's use it before it is forgotten.
I also believe that family links make this site easier to use. The easier it is to use, the more it will be used and the better it will get.
--- Melaney Friesen Shaum
•♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥•

I found Find-A-Grave (aka FAG) accidentally, but I love the idea, I hope that it always stays free to the public. I hope everyone finds it, I have learned just how genetics/health play an important (but unknown) part of our lives, so knowing family members is very important. If there is something I've posted that you question, or are concerned about; please contact me. I dislike FAG members that do not accept messages or refuse to make changes. I'd like to get the most information possible on the memorial as correct and complete as possible. I try to use as many sources as possible (that I can get to) cross-checking so that the information is correct; such as Census, both Federal and State records, Cemetery records (FYI many stones have incomplete info), Church Records, Funeral home records, County records, State records, obituaries, & from the families; but I know mistakes can be made, from information in newspapers (especially) to families memories or in other family trees. I include all wives/ex-wives as it is possible to use that information in tracing on someone else connected to that person. I have documented my mother's family back to Revolution (so now I am a member of DAR) and further back to other countries.
Please let me know about anything. I am extremely happy to share responsibilities for memorials, so if wanted please request Transfer Memorial, I use the Virtual Cemetery option to combine my family members, as well as for Special persons who might have extensive families.
One problem that comes up a LOT, is duplication; since I work mainly from church records, I have no idea if indeed there are 2 cemeteries; or 1 cemetery with various different names that were used over years; both instances have occurred. But what is the right answer?? I have found 1 person who has two stones in 2 cemetery's in 2 different STATES (also 2 countries); perhaps one is a cenotaph; but where is the body actually?? Or a different person entirely? I can't tell you because I don't know. I have found where a person was buried to start with, then because of changes for example; dams, family wants to move them, another problem is those people who have tried to add information to; and these people actually refuse/abandoned memorial; to add information; so there is a duplication; then keep as much information, to note the 1st burial (disregarding the date when entered into FAG) as a memorial and make changes to show they were here now have been moved to here; very important for tracking family moves throughout the years.
Another problem is that because I do use so many DIFFERENT records is that I do not know if there is a stone or not, until I check that cemetery FAG to see if it has been documented; sometime it has, sometimes it has not; many times the families were so poor (or transitory) that no stone was ever put up. I do the unknown burials when there is plenty of information to show that they even existed just not where they are buried, death certificates help out a lot, because the place where to body is being sent to is listed there.
Myself? I am researching for my own inter-related family branches as well; Bahr, Baker, Hays, Keyes, Kussmann, McLaughlin, Meeker, Shaw, Visger, and Walker (up to great-great-grandparents and all their siblings so far in most lines).
I found a statement about links that is similar to my own beliefs. Myself? I believe in adding all information as found because others might not have that particular detail that will help them. I have requested of Melaney Friesen Shaum to be able to use it and with permission, here it is:

•♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥•
Let's help the next family member or researcher that visits a memorial by adding all the family links that we know. When family members are not linked, it makes the next person do the research all over again. Also, if we have the information, let's use it before it is forgotten.
I also believe that family links make this site easier to use. The easier it is to use, the more it will be used and the better it will get.
--- Melaney Friesen Shaum
•♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥• *ღஜ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ஜღ* •♥•

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