Pilgrims Patriots Pioneers

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Bio

Originally, my focus was exclusively on my family members, but as I visited various cemeteries to photograph headstones, I took the opportunity to take photos of older headstones, and I started adding new memorials for those not already listed.

As I research family members, I sometimes find death certificates. If there is no Find A Grave memorial and I have a death certificate showing the cemetery, I immediately create a new memorial, generally transferring that new memorial to whomever manages other family members.

A few years ago, I went on a trip to track down a great-aunt's burial place. It turned out to be in a remote, hidden cemetery, located on private property, 40 miles from the nearest paved road, and the cemetery was not listed on Find A Grave. (I can't imagine why.) I took photos of every headstone and added them all, knowing no one would happen on this place by accident.

I also have a famous ancestor in Denmark. After setting up the cemetery where he was buried, contacting those managing the cemetery, getting them to take photos of the crypt, including the casket of my great-grand something uncle, I created a memorial for him, including contemporary paintings, photos of one of his statues, and a bio. Shortly thereafter Find A Grave removed his memorial and took it under their management!!? Really?

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 immediately. I believe that memorials for someone in your family should be under your management, unlike those who create and hoard memorials.

My American family dates from the Mayflower Pilgrims, and have served in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and Indian wars. One of my ancestors once admitted to participating in the Boston Tea Party.

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 great-grandmother and grandmother told me many, many stories of their ancestors, so much so that it was like I knew them and could tell stories about 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, photos, and bios to Find a Grave. If I have it and I can add it to Find A Grave, I do.

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

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