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Don Blauvelt (#46932939)
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Findagrave is a wonderful avenue in which to present one's ancestors in a free environment coupled with an image of the ancestor's final resting place. Given the nature of life, this is the closest one can come to putting life back into a long deceased ancestor or loved one.

But the greater part of the current Findagrave system reflects someone adding a name from a cemetery list, the date of death, no biographical information, no image of the person's gravestone if it still exists, or no transcription of what the gravestone does or once said.

By virtue of FAG modernizing and upgrading its functionality, linking a spouse or just one child to his/her parent creates a family genealogy beyond Findagrave's original purpose of simply registering an individual gravestone. The linking function has turned Findagrave into a rich and evolving genealogical database and allows correction of longstanding ancestral errors as well as elimination of downright bogus genealogy.

That an ancestor died long before genealogy became popular, and either does not currently have a known place of interment or gravestone, does not diminish the importance of their life to living descendants. For example, according to a well-respected (now deceased) New England genealogist, during the American Rev. War Hessian mercenaries employed by the British used a Hull, Mass. cemetery as their campground, pushed all of the gravestones over using them for personal purposes or target practice. What a shame! No wonder there are no gravestones there prior to 1790, but the people are still interred there.

My maternal ancestry in America began in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass. Rev. John Robinson, pastor of the core Leiden, Holland pilgrims, is my ancestor. The painting that memorializes Rev. Robinson's famous send-off sermon aboard the Speedwell at Delfthaven, Holland hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capital building. Three pilgrims who landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Edward Fuller, Edward's unnamed wife, and fellow passenger George Soule, are my ancestors. My surname ancestry in America started in 1639 when Gerrit Hendrickszen (Blauvelt), a 15 year old Dutch shoemaker, arrived on the Kalmer Nyckle with the first Swedes that settled Christiana near present-day Wilmington, Delaware. By 1642 Gerrit had settled at present-day New York City. Part of my children's ancestry also began with ancestors who were occupying North America before Europeans knew North America existed as a land mass. My eldest child is a descendant of Nanye-hi (Nancy Ward), the last Beloved Woman of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.

The memorial pages I have created, may create in the future, or ask others to transfer, reflect either a direct ancestor, part of the extended ancestral family, or of particular interest as having been associated in some meaningful way with my children's ancestors. A transfer request from me of an unrelated person is the result of personal research that corrects or extends the basis of the existing memorial. Any biographical presentation is also not intended to glorify, only present who the people were.

I am more than willing to transfer a memorial I have created to a person's descendant when not specifically associated with my core ancestors. I have no desire to control or manage someone else's ancestry, or ask a person requesting a transfer to prove his/her deceased ancestor is within three generations of themselves. An ancestor is an ancestor regardless of when they died.

Corrections or suggested additions are always welcomed.
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RE: Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
No hurry...thanks for keeping it on your radar!!

Added by Sara on May 29, 2016 7:10 PM
Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Please send an explanation to Find A Grave...if you haven't already...explaining that Old Scotland Cemetery North is Hale's Old Scotland Cemetery and 511-1...and that New Scotland Cemetery South is Hale's New Scotland Cemetery and 511-2. I think that Find A Grave would be more receptive to you since you originally posted the explanation on the cemetery pages. Perhaps you can even take out the North/South names as the cemeteries are correct in the Hale Listings names and the town knows them as just Old/New Scotland Cemeteries.

You could explain that Old Scotland Cemetery is on a very steep hill and is north of New Scotland Cemetery etc.

Contributors are getting very confused as to which cemetery is which. They read your explanation on the cemeteries pages and think that Old Scotland Cemetery is not at all in the Hale Listings...but it is as 511-1.

Plus this erroneous information is on some memorial pages but the photographers who have been up to these cemeteries know that what is presently on the cemetery pages is not true.

Now new cemeteries are being created...with just one burial but nonetheless just plain Old Scotland had to write to that person as to the correct explanation/Hale Listings. So I think this solution would prevent any further confusion.

Thanks so much and hope your family is doing well. Let me know if there is a problem.
Added by Sara on May 29, 2016 3:56 AM
RE: Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Wow...what a mistake I have made...must pay closer attention to the names/details!!! Will put the photos on Abigail Robinson's memorial page and delete my erroneous page under Thomas' name.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention,
Added by Sara on May 24, 2016 1:04 PM
Old Scotland Cemetery North Scotland CT
Here's the photos from this cemetery...
John P. Gager d 1871
Elizabeth Bingham d 1780
Asa Robinson d 1811
Mary Robinson d 1808
Thomas Robinson d 1783
Annah Robinson d 1769

and I found a new Robinson..not sure if you are related...right next to Mary Robinson d 1776..

Thomas Robinson d 9 Nov 1799 age 76 years

Added by Sara on May 24, 2016 9:02 AM
New Scotland Cemetery South Scotland CT
The following gravestone photos have been uploaded:
William Brigham d 1981
Doris Brigham d 1997
Margaret Robinson d 2006
Russell Robinson d 1974
their son Glenn Robinson d 2015
and close up photos of:
Frederick Willoughby d 1956
Alice Willoughby d 1957


Added by Sara on May 23, 2016 6:01 PM
Exeter Cemetery
Hi Don,
I went to this cemetery today and fulfilled your PR for Rebekah Abel d 1758(?). I can see why it was difficult to find..her gravestone is leaning forward facing the ground. I was able to push it back so I could read/photograph it. Then I put it back in its former position of facing the ground because that's why the carving is easy to is not subjected to our CT weather elements. I also took a photo of her footstone.

I did take a close-up of her death date...but the year is extremely difficult to read and the 3rd number in the year is pretty much gone.

The Barbour records are not of any help as her death was not recorded.

There is another memorial page...I believe for this cemetery #36084078....with a death date of June 28, 1738 and no gravestone photo.

I also took some gravestone photos of Soloman Abel d 18 Nov you stated that this is probably her grandson.

Added by Sara on May 12, 2016 1:48 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Philena (Ranney) Norton
No Don, I wasn't requesting a transfer. Just asked that the memorials be linked because I was working on the family.

Added by Janet Muff on May 08, 2016 12:38 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Philena (Ranney) Norton
You're welcome, Don.

Added by Janet Muff on May 07, 2016 11:14 PM
Shari Hanson Frey
Samuel Fuller: 148803845
Thanks for the catch! Oddly I have the right info in my tree, but somehow transcribed it wrong on Find A Grave.

Best regards,
Added by Shari Hanson Frey on Apr 29, 2016 7:53 PM
RE: Jeremiah Fitch
Can't wait - especially since what you question is what I currently carry for Ann as well. Neither Winslow nor Fuller are one of my 8 directs. I see Caleb Johnson now carries the yDNA haplogroup for all Mayflower Fullers, as well as mention of the Leiden document you want to investigate. I don't have any Dutch resource contacts but with many New Amsterdam directs, I was about to go to the Holland Society (NYC) if not the New Netherland Institute (NY State Library). I'm signed up there this fall as part of the NYGB 3-day program for intensive NY research (Smith, Jones no less) the last of my interminable brick walls. Give them credit and they'd love to help I'm sure. . . . .

Philip in NYC
Added by pkarchs on Apr 24, 2016 4:08 PM
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