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Dona McPhillips (#47087008)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo I started the genealogy trail back in 1967 but got sidetracted by work etc. Only with my retirement,(2008), did I restart this passion. I trace my family, paint, write. In 2011, I traveled from state to state visiting the family graves. In spring of 2012, I finally made it to Ireland.
I am particularly focused on doing findagrave biographies with photos of relations and getting them all linked.
My surnames are;, McPHILLIPS,LYNCH, SULLIVAN, McCABE, BOLSINGER/BALSINGER, ARMSTRONG, KERNAHAN, FISHER, CRAFT, HIGGINBOTHAM, KEENER, CANTRELL, CHASTAIN, HAYES/HAYS, and WHITEHEAD. I've been helped by so many seasoned genealogy hunters across the states. What a great bunch of people do this!!!

If someone wants to copy my pictures I would like credit as being the source for them and it would be nice to have a heads up so I can check the facts that are presented about them. These people are my family so I appreciate this coordination and teamwork. Thank you.

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Megan S.
RE: Joseph, Anna, Gerald Scheef photos
You are very welcome, I am always happy to help. It is absolutely fine with me if you add the photos to your Ancestry tree. Have a great day!
Added by Megan S. on May 12, 2015 10:42 AM
Photos, A.J. Bolsinger?
I ran across this listing on Goodwill and googled the name. Would this be your family?

Amanda Batla
Added by ambatla on Apr 18, 2015 1:23 AM
RE: Re: Anna Jackson
Guess we don't connect "yet" :) I'll let you know if I run into any of your names and I would welcome you to do the same. Nice chatting with you about our families. By PA county was Bucks.
Added by Susie on Mar 26, 2015 8:34 PM
Karen Thompson
RE: Barbara Macdonald
Hi Dona,
I would like to be in touch with her children. My sister and my mother's cousin are working on the family tree and have a lot of questions about what happened to Barbara's father Franklin. Thanks so much for responding and for posting the lovely memorial.
Added by Karen Thompson on Mar 20, 2015 7:56 AM
Re: Anna Jackson
Hi Donna: Do you know where in Pennsylvania? I'm always interested in anyone from there to see who if anyone, some of my ancestors may have emmigrated to WI with in the 1850's.
Added by Susie on Mar 15, 2015 12:19 PM
Karen Thompson
Barbara Macdonald
Hi Dona ,
I believe that Barbara Macdonald was my mother's first cousin whom she thought had moved to California as a girl. My mother is Helen Joan Macdonald Thompson and her father was Wallace Macdonald Franklin's brother. He died when my mother was 3 and she was raised by her mother Helen Hunniford Macdonald. We were close with Franklin's mother Jean Grasse Tobin and his other siblings Jean, Dorothy, and Minna. Are you related to Barbara?
Karen Thompson
Added by Karen Thompson on Mar 10, 2015 4:17 PM
George McDonald
Holy Assumption
Dona- The name of the church/parish WAS Holy Assumption. The land was more or less donated by John Smith who was from County Monaghan, Ireland as were the majority of the Willow Springs Irish. He sold it to the Dioscese for the amount of one dollar to make it legal. Smith came to the area early and eventually bought up quite a bit of land. When the Great Hunger occurred in Ireland many of his relatives and their neighbors came from County Monaghan, and quite a few of them bought their land from Smith. As to where the church sat, if you imagine the layout of the cemetery, it is in the shape of an inverted "L"...the church sat inside the lines of that shape. I don't know when it was razed, but I never remember it.
Added by George McDonald on Mar 01, 2015 7:41 AM
Talitha Cloud
Greetings: I am working on a family tree for a friend, and have collided with an apparent controversy regarding the marriage (or not!)of Talitha Cloud and Isaac Thornton Cantrell. At Talitha's find a grave memorial, I saw a post by you where you mentioned marriage records that showed they indeed were married. I have been unable to find anything on this. If you have a moment I would appreciate information where to find such records, or if you could provide a link or best of all copies? I'm just striving for accuracy and it seems plenty of opinions abound on both sides of this controversy. My contributor # is 48472676. Thanks much for any help!
Added by robstreanderjr on Jan 05, 2015 12:13 PM
Sam Dibert
Dibert memorials

I noticed you added and manage a lot of Dibert memorials. Thank you very much for all your work on those. Many of them are my relatives. (Jacob Charles Dibert is my 2nd ggf, Samuel Dibert is my 3rd, and others).

You don't list Dibert as a surname. Would you be willing transfer management of some of these memorials to me? If you do have a family connection, I'd be very interested to hear about it. Feel free to contact me at


Added by Sam Dibert on Dec 16, 2014 8:24 AM
Kaleb Williams
James Henry Hays
Dear Dona

My name is Kaleb Williams I have recently started chasing my tree again and came across your contribution for James Henry Hays. He is my 3rd Great grand uncle. I would like to use your bio for him on my tree. I will obviously give you all the credit. I just wanted to touch base with you before hand. Thank you for the valuable information. You are a great find! Keep up the fantastic work.

Best Regards,
Kaleb Williams
Added by Kaleb Williams on Sep 23, 2014 7:51 AM
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