Family history is important to me. Most of those loved ones have passed, but knowing the past and keeping their memory alive is how I've continued on in their absence.
I have been conducting genealogy research since the 1970s. I am happy to share my information with others as requested. Nearly all information gathered by me has been compiled the hard way, from libraries, court houses, historical centers, and by walking through cemeteries.
I have shared much of my research with many cousins over the years. I am pleased to share it. There are some however who claim my research as their own without lending me credit for the hard work. I have flown and driven many miles, interviewed many people, expended countless hours in libraries and courthouses. If you use my posted information or photos, please lend to me the credit instead of using my data as your original information.
I do my utmost to respect and protect the privacy of the living. I have assisted many others in obtaining local information. Please place requested information within the subject line of emails. Sorry but I do not participate in social mediums such as facebook and twitter.
I own most of the original pictures that I have posted here. These photos and associated biographies may be used by anyone with this restriction: no money, profit or gain is to be generated from my photographs, no one is allowed to copyright my photos or material. All rights are reserved. I grant the right to use listings on these web pages and in these databases for an individual's research project, but no commercial (for profit) publishing is allowed without written consent.
I am not so concerned with how many memorials I manage. That is not important to me. What is important to me is depicting the person as accurately and as respectfully as possible from all historical records and resources available. I have written many biographies and provided other pertinent data to thousands of these memorials at this website.
If there are memorials I have created or maintain who are your family members, please send me a message and I will be happy to transfer them to you, unless they are my direct ancestors.
Nothing makes our ancestors seem more real than to walk where they walked and to stand where they finally came to rest. They all had a heart and soul and lived and loved. Their lives were so much more than a birth date and death date with a dash in between.
I thought this was a great quote: "When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart. For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost."
From the 1970s television series Kung Fu:
Caine: "Master, of mans roots, which is the stronger?"
Kan: "It is the Shaolin belief that the paternal line controls."
Caine: "What is a man without roots?"
Kan: "What is a tree without roots? The deeper into the earth the roots reach, the stronger the tree."
Caine: "A name, a face in my mind, a place, it is all I know of my father. One half of myself an emptiness, a mystery."
Kan: "Seek to discover it, for it is this thread which holds you to the past and binds you to the future, to fix your place for all time in eternity."
and in another episode:
"At the end what remains is not riches, not structures of stone, but remembrances of those few people we have joined spirits with."
Lastly...these thoughts on genealogy:
The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. . . Herbert Spencer