Steven Houghland

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Good evening to whomever reads my message.

Admittedly, records and pictures are scarce, often non-existent. When my ancestors, without realizing, moved to the backwoods or crossed the Alleghenies, they created more problems, not just for me, but for most, by not leaving a paper trail. Consequently, I have to use what I have and speculate as to the rest. I often have to take a strong set of circumstances as evidence, even when I do not have a document and picture to support the connection.

It's a great hobby to keep searching and visiting the graveyards (that's if I know where they are); somewhere, there is that shred of hard evidence that will make several strands of confusion suddenly form a pattern.

There are some gaps in my charts/pedigrees. Inaccuracies, incompleteness, and often just plain guesswork can be easily corrected with the help of people thru the Internet. I notice that there are families who lost contact with their parents or don't bother pursuing contacts. Andrew was 3 and Albert was a fetus when their father died. No role model around. His brother went east and my grandfather went the opposite way, in the flurry, after 1 divorce and 2 divorces, respectively. They only talked to each other over the phone. Once my aunt overheard them arguing about how their last name should have been spelled – Hoagland or Houghland. This is the generation when many of us lose the thread in the fabric of our genealogy.

When sites are transferred to me, the purpose is to add bio info (if possible) & family links so that others may find/read about them.

As per rules no links will be made to "unknown burial sites".

Some believe that "family links" are distractions but I strongly disagree. Our families all meant a great deal to each other during their lifetime and so not to "join them in death" would be most uncaring and would not respect their lives. We all have tough lives; why make it harder for them.

"In every conceivable way, the family is our link to the past, our bridge to the future." Narrated by Alex Hailey, "Roots"...

Many early ancestors were buried in unnamed cemeteries on private land. If the death is recorded and burial is listed as "private land", this means that it is a "known burial". I believe that this site is for finding graves, not finding tombstones. Sadly, many known headstones may still contain incorrect data due to drunkard engraver or sexton. At four places I went to were demolished by vandalism and/or environmental deterioration called "Climate Change" and his/hers were there! Three Civil War veterans got their marker applications approved but.....

I don't bother about being a "number person". What amazed me is that I admire those of the F.A.G. volunteers who attempt to handle more than 4000 sites, 20,000 sites, even some are way beyond 100,000! Unbelievable, I don't see how you/they do it. I emailed to one guy in Indiana with 30,000+ sites and we swapped pictures. He doesn't care about the numbers, too, but labeled himself "ADDICTED" and got time for it.

I know how important it is to bridge the distance between ourselves and our ancestors - anything I can do to help others, I will do it - for fun. Every entry made deserves it be included/edited and posted; so that there won't be skeleton in the closet...

Best of all, I thank God for the Internet. You and I can easily get connected and we shall keep on searching.

All the Best, Steven

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