I began my genealogy "career" (hobby, avocation, obsession, "disease," whatever) in April 1974, when my older son was 3 months old. During that period, I have trekked through many a cemetery, always armed with my camera (and frequently with several yards of pellum and charcoal pencils for gravestone rubbings).
I ended a somewhat dormant period of my genealogical pursuits a couple of summers ago when I subscribed to Ancestry.com and have been fairly active since then. Although I would love to have the international version to explore in Europe, especially some of my Irish roots, I subscribe to the domestic version only at present. Ancestry.com is really amazing.
Since becoming a contributor, I have come to learn what a wonderful resource the Find-A-Grave System really is. I will not be in the same league with those whose contributions number in the 6 figures, but I do plan to be a very regular contributor. I look forward to working with all parts of the system to further my own research but also to assist others who might request my assistance.
With Regard to Memorials which I may add on individuals not within my own family: I am happy to make appropriate corrections or add details via the "Suggest A Correction" button on the memorial. I will also be pleased to consider any appropriate transfers of management for such memorials. To document the date and reason for transfers, and hopefully prevent possible deletion of memorials and/or family squabbles, in requesting transfer of a memorial, please leave a message here including the memorial name & number, and your relationship, name & member ID.
I have no intent of commercial or financial gain from posting information on this site. I do this solely for my own enjoyment and for non-family additions I might make as a service to others searching for family burial locations for personal or genealogy purposes.
If I have created a memorial for a family member of yours, please feel free to request a transfer.
Any photo I have posted on Find a Grave is intended to be used.... Please feel free to use them for personal, non-commercial use and in the documentation of your loved ones.
Thank you! Gerald
"Our greatest treasure is our family, not only the warm circle around the Christmas tree, but all those whose lives gave us life, and those who will carry our love into the future." (Anonymous)
Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby, continues as an avocation and in the last stages, is an incurable disease.
My primary areas of genealogical research are on the following surnames:
1. My Paternal Lines: BARTLESON, HUFF, GREEN, KENNEDY, KINNARD, MEDEARIS, RENO (RENEAU), SMITH, LANKFORD, MILLER, POLLY, ROSE, WARDEN
2. My Maternal Lines: BURKE, COLLINS, CONLON, GARDNER, GUEST, HALL, HARKINS, HENNESSEE, KELLY, LeFLORE (LeFLEUR), McINERNEY, O'RILEY, RICE, ROACH (DeROCHE), RUSSELL
3. My Wife's Paternal Lines: CRISSMAN, FLECK, HAWKINS, HILL, HINKLE (HENKLE), HOLLINGSWORTH, KENNEDY, STACEY, STINNETT, STUYVESANT, THETFORD, THOMPSON, WENDT
4. My Wife's Maternal Lines: BRUNSON, BURDESHAW (BORDAJEAU), BURNETT, BYRD, COCKE, DUKE, FARRIS, KUYKENDALL, McCARTNEY, McPHERSON, MORRISON, ROBERTSON, TRUITT