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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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L Evans
RE: Elizabeth Robinson
Actually, I do get the point..... but was trying to keep it short..... I think we both understand the Quakers viewpoint... as far as your other e-mail. I will write later as I have people coming to my house for dinner... as a side note... we are all volunteers here and kindness goes a long way with me :) I think you wrote me concerning other issues with her name etc.... I will look at them asap as time spent with my family is what I will be doing for the next few days.....
Blessings on Your Evening,
L
Added by L Evans on Jul 07, 2016 4:28 PM
L Evans
Elizabeth Robinson
Hello,
Thanks for writing concerning her.... Oct. would be the new dating calendar and I try to stay true to individuals time frame .... and since we can't enter numbers in the drop down boxes, I had to use months... her date is 8/9/1694.
Thanks Again,
L
Added by L Evans on Jul 07, 2016 1:42 PM
DEBORAH H DAMELIO
Jonathan GIlbert #11435753
Nathan Gilbert's gravestone pic is on Jonathan's site. No pic of Jonathan's gravestone.
Added by DEBORAH H DAMELIO on Jul 04, 2016 1:36 PM
Kat B
RE: Oops
Thank you Don for the information. I'll correct what I can and ask others who mind the memorials to make corrections. I appreciate your help! Happy fourth of July!
Added by Kat B on Jul 04, 2016 9:33 AM
Kat B
RE: Thomas Clark Thomas and Sarah Margaret Rippetoe
Yes, he does have that information in the book if you want me to look. I hope it is not incorrect, but please let me know if it is. I have also been looking on Ancestry, but you know that information also can be in error. I appreciate your help,
Added by Kat B on Jul 03, 2016 6:38 PM
Shirley
Hitchcock
Added photographs Asa Hitchcock and his wife Lucy's tombstones today. They are located in Waverly East Cemetery, Waverly, Morgan Co., IL
Added by Shirley on Jun 29, 2016 1:55 PM
Anonymous
John Parsons
Thank you Don, I have added his mother to his Memorial.
Added by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2016 7:30 AM
Mike Weeks
RE: FAG 49303477
If you wish to learn what Hugh did directly related to his military service, then if you're a direct relative, contact the Military Personnel Center of the National Archives in St. Louis. You need his military service file(s). If not, have someone who is, do so.

A quick look at newspapers.com indicates that at the time of his passing he was "assistant to the port director, 3rd Naval District." It also states that prior to the war he was "European Manager of the U.S. Lines". It also simply states he served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during World War I.

So, most likely he was on active duty in WWI, not so between the wars, and may have been (or not) during WWII. He was in the naval reserves from 1917 until his passing.

ancestry.com has multiple naval officer registers.

Hope this helps some.

Mike
Added by Mike Weeks on Jun 16, 2016 2:03 AM
Mike Weeks
RE: FAG 49303477
Hi Don -

Very nice write up. Small correction: Frank did not hold the rank of LTJG when he graduated from Annapolis. He held that rank when he earned his wings in 1940. Upon graduating his rank was that of an Ensign.

Cheers
Mike
Added by Mike Weeks on Jun 15, 2016 3:40 PM
Jordan Hill
Good morrow coz!
Hi there. I think we're related! Helen Heath Prickitt Fernon was my maternal great great grandmother. I would like to thank you for putting in all this work.

I don't know if it interests you, but I came researching my maternal line because apparently the mtDNA haplogroup is kind of rare (Iris, specifically I1a1b). You have really helped by setting all this up. Thank you!
Added by Jordan Hill on Jun 10, 2016 7:21 AM
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