Chasing Fireflies

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This has turned into a family endeavor. We are on a journey to find our past and the past of the ones we love. Sometimes, though, it's like “chasing fireflies”, beautiful and awe inspiring, but elusive. To those who have made memorials of our ancestors, we want to thank you for finding and remembering the people our family cherishes.

My immediate family is from the Pulaski County, Missouri area but before that their ancestors were pioneers, pilgrims and colonists that ventured through the rough, tough and untamed world of America-from Massachusetts to Maryland to North Carolina to West Virginia and beyond. My husband's family is mostly from Michigan and Canada and are more newly immigrated to the United States from Europe after immigrating across that continent to cross the ocean and try their luck in America. They were a strong and proud people.

Our children help us out with this too. I guess you could say it’s a family affair. We are all in North Carolina now. Some (but not all) names we are researching are Snoderly, Houston, Cotten, Sharp, Gan, Vaughan, Garwood, Gasta, Jeffries, Golebioski, Dowber, Howard, Taylor, Carmichael, Bond, Goforth, Peebles, Norton, Newman and their allied families.

If we manage a memorial and you would like to have it transferred please send a message through the memorial’s “Suggest Other Edits” link stating your exact relationship to the person, and if you are more closely related than we are, we will gladly transfer the memorial to you. For those memorials we manage due to cataloging cemeteries, etc., again, please send the request through the memorial’s “Suggest Other Edits” link stating your exact relationship. In general memorials will be transferred according to Find A Grave guidelines, but we are willing to make exceptions.

Please feel free to use any of the headstone photos we have taken, a shout out would be nice but not necessary. But if it is a personal photo of family please give photo credit to ChasingFireflies. As another volunteer so eloquently put it “the Find A Grave website “is the next best thing to the real cemeteries when people are too far away or are unable to travel”. Please check out the “virtual cemetery” function of FAG for creating your own virtual cemetery of loved ones. It really is a handy tool.

We do try to use obituaries on our memorials. If you find an obituary or have a bio for a memorial we manage please send it to us through the edits of that memorial. Obituaries act as quiet, long lasting reminders of the lives of those who have passed. Yet, for those who have recently experienced the death of a family member or friend, an obituary means so much more. If you have recently lost someone you love, we hope that you will accept our condolences. If you would like any information in an obituary redacted or corrected send a request through the “Suggest Other Edits” link on the memorial.

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