Family history is so fascinating to me. It is where we all come from, good or bad. My grandmother "Mutti" loved family history and had the family chain letter mailed to all ancestors. In 1991, I was watching 6o minutes about The "Infamous" Tennessee Children's Home Society with Georgia Tann. Georgia had illegal adoptions in cahoots with the Judge! They destroyed or falsified records that destroyed many peoples lives. The adoption records were sealed and changed names, DOB and states. Nightmare to find out the truth in a web of lies. They stole children off the streets, took advantage of young, poor, uneducated girls/women taking their babies. When I was watching the TV show, a light bulb went off in me, knowing my dad was adopted and wondering if he was from that adoption home since he was born in Tennessee. Sure enough he was. My late-husband was an attorney and this started the quest of records. It was not easy and we were told "no" a lot but we kept at it. The sealed adoption record was unsealed. My father has two birth certificates from two different states with different dates and names. Do not give up! This opened the flood gates for my family history research on my family and my husband's family. My tree has 25k on it. I believe it is so important to document where we come from, for all our future generations. Proud to be managing all family memorials and some friends. If any information is incorrect please let me know. My pet peeve , On Find A Grave is not linking immediate family members as a group. I try to link parents, siblings , spouse and children together as a family. It would be nice if everyone would link family members as a group on here. I have made suggestions to some people on here and they don't add suggested family members on a memorial. Why manage a memorial on someone if you can't add their family members together? Especially in death- let them all rest in peace as a family. Please link parents to their children, please. It's beyond me that in death you aren't listed with your immediate family members. **Try to add someone's full name with nick names, knowing many ancestors couldn't afford headstones or didn't have room to put their entire name.
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Biggest Joys about Findagrave:
--Personal satisfaction when my entries are researched, entered correctly, linking relatives and nicely presented;
--Discovering burial and genealogy info on my own extended family;
--Helping others in their research; and
--Connecting with other Findagravers.
** We all end up in the same place, enjoy the ride.