Debra Richards (Irishgirl355)

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For the past 30 some years, I have been researching my Paternal family (Richards of Ireland to Cambria / Clearfield Counties Pennsylvania; Bishop and Witherite of Pennsylvania and Steel Family from Scotland to Iowa). Along with my Maternal family (Biles, Langley families of England and Germany to Pennsylvania). In addition, I'm also researching my daughters paternal grandparents lines, Lair, Poto, Vourron, Shirk, Murray. As well as my grandchildren's paternal families of Disanto, Sgro, Porter, Phillips, Kramer and Black. This site has been a great deal of help during my research. I appreciate all the volunteers who have helped along the way.
I am more than willing to reciprocate in photographing headstones for others in my area.
Eastern Cuyahoga County Ohio has been and is currently where I call home.

I do transfer memorials in and out of the guidelines. Please don't hesitate to ask for a memorial to be transferred as long as it is not one of my families.

The use and value of an obituary. This week I made a correction suggestion to someone who posted the incorrect parents to one of my relatives. The woman responded with "that's what the obituary states and if I didn't like it, contact the funeral home". Clearly the woman is not a researcher. Let me make a point, an obituary is an emotional statement made by a grieving family. It is not a document! It can be a helpful guide, but never used as a stand alone claim of genealogy. Even though I provided two census records with the individual listed as a son with his birth parents, and the people she had listed with no children, she referred back to that incorrect obituary as her documentation. Getting no where with a person who is not at all reasonable, I simply made a notation on my online tree that the site contains incorrect information.

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