Brandon Ray Kirk

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I am a history professor at SWVCTC and the author of "Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy" among many other titles. I have collected cemetery information in my region since 1988. I visit, maintain, and preserve local cemeteries and interview elderly residents to determine burial locations. I also procure headstones for veterans (mostly War Between the States) through the U.S. government or for others via grant funding. The primary reasons I contribute to Find A Grave are: 1) I enjoy helping others with their genealogical research and 2) I have observed an unbelievable number of errors by (generally non-local) FAG contributors for cemeteries located in my region. I recommend VISITING a cemetery before making entries at FAG; using online death records is not adequate (most commonly, non-local persons use online death records to create entries for a cemetery that is named for a particular surname without realizing that many DIFFERENT local cemeteries are named after the same surname). If you see my name attached to an entry, you can be reasonably certain the entry is correct, mostly because I visit every grave. A few persons (particularly Norm Nelson) have robbed my information and photos from past websites and shared it without my permission at FAG; I can't vouch for their use of my work.

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