Tommy Wood

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I worked as a designer of computerized control systems for high performance war-fighting machines in Fort Worth, Tx for almost 30 years. I never was interested in genealogy or family history.

When I retired, I moved back to my hometown Knoxville, Tn to be nearer to all my kinfolk.

After I retired, my cousin showed me some family history that had been written down over the years. We saw that our gg grandfather Francis Henry Bounds had fought in the Civil War (on the Union side), so we were intrigued to find out more. At that time, we only knew the name of our gg grandparents.

My cousin asked me to find out more about my gg grandfather. We did not even know his date of birth or death. An internet search found a memorial for him that had been created on findagrave.com by Larry and Edie Doepel.

It turns out Larry and Edie had walked and photographed almost every cemetery in Campbell County, which was the area our forefathers lived in the early 1800s up until the mid 1900s. Without that findagrave memorial, it would have been harder to find out about my gg grandfather, who died about 80 years before I was born.

I started looking for other ancestors and there were some on findagrave and others were missing. I was able to find everyone's burial locations for the past 3 generations with a lot of research and work. I've added other memorials as I've walked through many cemeteries as it has become sort of a hobby.

I got hooked on researching family history as I read the online historical documents, mostly from ancestry.com. The information in the historical documents like census records, birth and death certificates, etc. brought the history alive. It was very, very interesting, expecially when I came across the civil war records of my gg grandfather. And, what was even more ironic is that even though my forefathers live in the south and Tennessee was a "Confederate" state, every single forefather of mine fought for the Union army. I never would have imagined that!!!

To supplement my online searches, I would set out to explore cemeteries to see if I could come across kinfolk's burial spots. As I walked the cemeteries, I would take all the photos I could and then would add them to findagrave if the memorial didn't already exist. This became an interesting hobby.

I have no interest in accumulating memorials to manage, so if you're related by kinship or friendship, just let me know and I'd be happy to transfer just about any memorial to you. And, any of my memorial photos may be used by anyone without credit or attribution.

I worked as a designer of computerized control systems for high performance war-fighting machines in Fort Worth, Tx for almost 30 years. I never was interested in genealogy or family history.

When I retired, I moved back to my hometown Knoxville, Tn to be nearer to all my kinfolk.

After I retired, my cousin showed me some family history that had been written down over the years. We saw that our gg grandfather Francis Henry Bounds had fought in the Civil War (on the Union side), so we were intrigued to find out more. At that time, we only knew the name of our gg grandparents.

My cousin asked me to find out more about my gg grandfather. We did not even know his date of birth or death. An internet search found a memorial for him that had been created on findagrave.com by Larry and Edie Doepel.

It turns out Larry and Edie had walked and photographed almost every cemetery in Campbell County, which was the area our forefathers lived in the early 1800s up until the mid 1900s. Without that findagrave memorial, it would have been harder to find out about my gg grandfather, who died about 80 years before I was born.

I started looking for other ancestors and there were some on findagrave and others were missing. I was able to find everyone's burial locations for the past 3 generations with a lot of research and work. I've added other memorials as I've walked through many cemeteries as it has become sort of a hobby.

I got hooked on researching family history as I read the online historical documents, mostly from ancestry.com. The information in the historical documents like census records, birth and death certificates, etc. brought the history alive. It was very, very interesting, expecially when I came across the civil war records of my gg grandfather. And, what was even more ironic is that even though my forefathers live in the south and Tennessee was a "Confederate" state, every single forefather of mine fought for the Union army. I never would have imagined that!!!

To supplement my online searches, I would set out to explore cemeteries to see if I could come across kinfolk's burial spots. As I walked the cemeteries, I would take all the photos I could and then would add them to findagrave if the memorial didn't already exist. This became an interesting hobby.

I have no interest in accumulating memorials to manage, so if you're related by kinship or friendship, just let me know and I'd be happy to transfer just about any memorial to you. And, any of my memorial photos may be used by anyone without credit or attribution.

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