Pilgrims Patriots Pioneers

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Originally, my focus was exclusively on my family members, but as I visited various cemeteries, I took the opportunity to take photos of older headstones, and I started adding new memorials for those not already listed. (I even found a cemetery not previously listed on Find A Grave.)

If any of the memorials I've added happens to be for a member of your family (and not mine), please let me know and I will transfer it to you promptly. I believe that memorials for someone in your family should be under your management, unlike those who like to create and hoard memorials.

Generally, when I create a new memorial and can link it to other existing family members, I automatically transfer that new memorial to the person(s) managing those linked memorials. The exception is for those who already "manage" thousands of memorials.


My American family dates from the Mayflower Pilgrims, and have served in the Revolutionary, Civil, and Indian wars. Many of my pioneer ancestors crossed the plains in wagons. My grandfather served in WWI and my father in WW2. I am descended of true pilgrims, patriots, and pioneers. I am also descended of two Crusaders, one of whom lived through the Crusades. Isn't family history interesting?

My great-grandmother interviewed her pioneer family, including some who had crossed the plains. She wrote their histories and accumulated their genealogy. I have most of her work, along with what other members of the family have given me over the decades. As a child, my grandmother told me many, many stories of her ancestors, so much so that it was like I knew them and their lives. That was my introduction to family history.


Rather than just take from other sources of accumulated information and keep everything to myself, I started sharing, including adding names, dates, and bios on Find a Grave.

Lots of graves have nothing more than headstones with birth and death years. Whenever I have family names to connect, along with detailed dates and birth sites, I add them, along with any photos I may find.

While some say Find A Grave is not a place to research your ancestors, I know better.


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