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G Giebner (#47161525)
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Bio Photo I am a local cemetery research volunteer working with a small team from the Fairfield County (SC) Genealogical Society. We specialize in locating and identifying the "lost, abandoned, forgotten, small, family" cemeteries. Fairfield County and portions of contiguous counties are our "hunting" areas. Members of our team have found more than 100 tiny cemeteries in this very rural county and remain focused on finding more. It's been estimated that there may be as many as 200 of these forgotten burying places scattered out there in the boondocks. It's satisfying and (we feel) useful work. It can be a little dangerous because of reptiles and other natural conditions so we do not venture into the outback singly. It isn't unusual to be a mile from the nearest habitation and help.

Fairfield County, South Carolina, in particular, was a pathway westward for hundreds, if not thousands, of people from the latter 1700s to the latter 1800s approximately; a good "stopping off place" for those wanting a better, or perhaps somewhat easier, life in that era before electricity, cars, and paved roads. It was a good route southerly and westerly, bypassing the Appalachians with their wagons and the family cow. They came from all points north, tired of the cold, harsh, long winters. People came and settled because the winters were milder, there was good game hunting and fishing, plenty of good water, flowing streams, and the growing season was long. They stayed for a generation or two (or three) and tried farming. They buried their many dead babies, young children, young wives from childbirth, their old folks near where they homesteaded. Then they died out themselves or moved on and their burying places were then lost, abandoned, forgotten. To this very day much of Fairfield County is still a low population area. The primary crop is timber management for large corporations and wealthy individuals the very same areas where the settlers had their brief stays. Now only forestry-type people, game management, hunters, loggers, and a few old time residents, have knowledge of these little cemeteries, often just one or two graves. This research and identification of grave sites is our contribution to the future. It isn't uncommon to get e-mails from someone who discovered our posts on Find-a-grave and who are excited to find their long lost 4x-grandparents. Of course, we take pleasure in that but the real satisfaction is in finding, mapping, recording, and photographing the hundreds of burials for posterity.

Someone wrote that Find A Grave is not a genealogy web-site. I couldn't disagree more. It's a great resource. Should my efforts help someone, anyone, find some of their family members or ancestors, then my work is well worth it.
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Samuel A./Eliz. Lewis McCants
I am speechless. (And my family will tell you that rarely happens.) Of all the FindaGraves I have managed and created, of all the relatives I have tagged to my family tree, somehow seeing the photo of my 3g grandparents' graves touched me beyond measure. Seeing this tangible evidence of them made them more real to me.

Many thanks for all you do.

Glenna Kinard
Added by GBK on Oct 06, 2014 2:38 PM
Fairfield Cemetery Committee
Mr Giebner,
Thank you so very much for your dedicated work on the Cemetery Committee. Your local access to these family cemeteries contributes to the genealogy files of the many out of state and often out of county researchers. Keep up the fantastic work.

Curry Walker
Frankfurt am Main
Added by GermanMagnolia on May 04, 2014 11:48 PM
Mike Kelly
Dennis Crosby Cemetery
Thank you so much for your message and for pointing me in the right direction to get the grave appropriately listed. I have moved that to the Crosby Family Cemetery that you mentioned. Please let me know if I have done this incorrectly. Based on the photo of this cemetery, I'm assuming it would be impossible to identify where Dennis is buried?

Thanks again for your efforts, it means a lot to people like me who may never have the chance to travel to these places.

Mike Kelly
Added by Mike Kelly on Apr 29, 2014 10:48 AM
Mary Adeline Walker
Thanks for the good photos and also for the info on Fairfield County. Happy hunting.
Added by DGW on Apr 28, 2014 1:43 PM
janine mcquiston
Cuthbert Price
I have added this person to a different cemetery and I know the information came from a cemetery book. You have him added to a different cemetery and I think your entry may be correct. My memorial is #55400727. I have information that may need to be added to your memorial before I delete mine. If you will let me know when to delete it, I will do so. Thanks, Janine
Added by janine mcquiston on Apr 22, 2014 1:25 PM
Charline Herring Ryan
James Stevenson Family Cemetery
Thank you so much for recording this cemetery. My 4XGreat Grandparents are in it. I would not have known where they are buried if you had not taken the time to record it.

Thanks, again!
Charline Herring Ryan
Find A Grave# 47470883
Added by Charline Herring Ryan on Mar 30, 2014 3:46 PM
April Lynn Wood James
Thank you
Thank you for the pictures.
Added by April Lynn Wood James on Mar 10, 2014 7:56 AM
RE: L Langford memorial @ St. Marks Luth./Fairfld Cnty, SC
Oh ok. I was wondering about that. Thank you for letting me know.
Added by Kent on Feb 10, 2014 11:51 AM
Diana Cannon
Elizabeth Martin
I tried to send you an email and it was returned. I have a question about your Martin family tree. Would you please email me at Thanks..Diana
Added by Diana Cannon on Nov 21, 2013 9:03 PM
diane elkins
james family
I want to thank you for adding the James family to find-a-grave. I had heard the James cemetery was too grown up and hard to find. I knew I had family members buried there. D.T. (David Thomas James) is my great-grandfather and his wife if Frances "Fanny" Kesiah Colvin James. I am assuming the 9 you posted are the only James family buried there. I have not been able to find where Paul Woodward James was buried. He is the husband of Minnie James buried there.
Added by diane elkins on Jun 04, 2013 10:01 AM
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