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TO ME FIND A GRAVE IS NOT JUST A RECORD OF HEADSTONES, BUT ANOTHER FAMILY GENEALOGY SITE AS WELL. I came across Find A Grave when researching my family tree and became instantly hooked.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANCESTRY'S BUYOUT OF FINDAGRAVE. Let's just hope that they DO WHAT IS RIGHT and continue to maintain FINDAGRAVE as a free genealogy research site. This site enhances their Ancestry site by adding additional information from those who may not be able to afford an Ancestry membership. This is a wonderful way to create your family tree, so make sure you link all your family members AND make copies for your personal files!
MY GOAL: is to create accurate memorials that will honor the memory of each individual.
CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please let me know if I have made a mistake or misprint on any memorial or if you have additional information by clicking on the EDIT button on the top right of a memorial.
VIRTUAL CEMETERIES: When you cannot for whatever reason actually control your ancestor's Find A Grave memorials then CREATE a VIRTUAL CEMETERY for all your various family TREES and extended families . Check out how to do this on your member page. You really don't need to maintain all your family's memorials, but you do need to keep them in their respective virtual family trees.
BE SURE TO SEND EDITS TO THOSE WHO CONTROL MEMORIALS: link children to their parents and wives to husbands. Find A Grave then automatically adds siblings if they are linked to their parents.
TRANSFERS: If I have created or am maintaining a memorial that you would like transferred to you, please use the EDIT button on the top right of the memorial page to make your request - I will do so as speedily as possible if I have no personal link to the memorial. Otherwise, remember to add them to your virtual cemetery.
TRANSFER, TRANSFER, TRANSFER - REMINDER TO ALL VOLUNTEERS: We all need to be willing to share those memorials that we have created especially those who are not directly related to us. DO NOT EVER DELETE THEM! There may be family members whether distant or close who would love to add more family information to the memorial or add an obituary.
PLEASE REQUEST PHOTOGRAPHS!! LET'S HELP EACH OTHER! If you have added memorials without headstone photos, please visit the cemetery ASAP and add your own photographs; however, in the meanwhile, please request photographs! It is my hope that there will be other Find A Grave Volunteers especially in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia who will be willing to step up and rephotograph and restore the memorials that have been mass deleted. Hopefully there are also family members out there who would like to expand on the memorials that I AND OTHERS have restored and create personal family histories. We all need to step up and participate in order to preserve the memory of our forefathers and mothers forever. You can do this in such a way as to make them easier to read by using some of the techniques that I have tried to explain below:
SPECIAL "HOW TOS" (HELPS) FOR MY FELLOW FIND A GRAVE VOLUNTEERS USING HTML CODE:
HOW TO EXPAND YOUR BIO PAGE AS WELL AS YOUR INDIVIDUAL MEMORIALS TO FILL OUT THE SCREEN LEAVING LITTLE OR NO WHITE AREA TO THE RIGHT: Just type a line across the page at some point in the bio OR add a row of characters. Just make sure to leave your EDIT TAB IN FULL VIEW. Recheck before continuing.
HOW TO CREATE BOLD TEXT:
To create bold text in your Find A Grave memorials or on your home page you need to USE SOME HTML CODING by first type < and next TYPE the letter b with no space and then type > NEXT TYPE THE TEXT THAT YOU WANT IN BOLD PRINT and at the end of what is to be in bold TYPE < no space then / then b then > with no spaces in between them.
HOW TO CREATE ITALICS TEXT:
You can also do the same thing with italics by switching out the b and replace with i (for italics) using the same procedure. Or you can do both bold & italics by adding both the corresponding HTML codes one following the other with no space. Experiment with this until you get it right. Try it!
HOW TO CREATE A LINK TO ANOTHER FIND A GRAVE MEMORIAL:
Sometimes you may want to link to another memorial especially when there is no way to normally link the memorials - use the following HTML Code:
< a h r e f = "http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid= number "> name < / a >
NOTE there are no spaces in the code except one after a before href. I had to make spaces so you can read this. Then find the memorial you want to link to, copy the number from the bottom of the memorial and paste that number where you see the word number - then delete the word number being careful not to remove any other notations. Then place the name of the person you want in place of the word NAME. Carefully delete the word name. Then click SAVE CHANGES. Always check to make sure the link has taken place and it is to the correct memorial.
MOST IMPORTANTLY Create a copy of your most important memorials to your computer hard drive especially direct family members in case something happens to the system plus save a copy to an external hard drive. Better be prepared than angry!
|Messages left for JeMM (26)||[Leave Message]|
|Michael S. Markwood||Raymond Augustus Winters|
Thank you for the headstone photo for Raymond Winters.
|Eileen Shelton||John Banks|
I asked for proof that the person buried in a county in West Virginia that you want me to link John Banks who is buried in Wolfe County, Kentucky to is really his wife. That would be a marriage certification and census information. You have to admit, those two areas are not near each other.
|S. F. Evans||RE: Bertha Evans|
Actually it isn't a family member that I know of, just a coincidence. But that is a great idea I should pursue now that the snow is starting to fly.
|S. F. Evans||RE: Bertha Evans|
Thanks, I just didn't want to lose the picture on the listing. I try hard not to duplicate - if you find another one please do let me know.
|Eddy Dodson||RE: David Fadely & Mary Fadely|
I understand and I am always happy to meet a fadely desendant. I have some information on David's service in the War of 1812 if you are interested in adding it to his memorial. I am also a member of the SAR under David Sr.
|Michael S. Markwood||Daniel Wotring|
Hi, my name is Michael Markwood, #47643470. I am looking for info on Daniel Wotring #76822279 (1776-1839). I see that you have him listed on this site and under the burial info you have: Specifically: Farm south of Aurora, Preston County, WV. I live in Eglon, WV which is right beside Aurora and would like to know where Daniel is buried. Do you have the exact location where he is? Daniel Wotring is my 5th great grandfather. Thank you for any help you may have.
|C Yocom||Indexing a death|
I just indexed a death which I believe is your Mary Elizabeth Lear Sine. It's so messed up, I think you would never find it. Death Cert Commonwealth of Virginia, #13498, listed as Sarah Elizabeth Sine. I thought with the info on the memorial you must have done a lot of research on this line and wanted to let you know. I came to find your memorial because I couldn't read her last name but her mother Matilda was fairly clear.
Added by C Yocom on Sep 11, 2014 12:53 AM
|Laura Kessler Hershey||Hints|
Just want to also say thank you for the "How TO's" of different print!! Appreciate it!! Laura
|Robert Galloway||Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!|
Thanks for putting on your bio page the method to use for bold and/or italic print on memorial records. I had wondered forever on how to do that but you explained that so simple. Thanks!
|Church Volunteer||James W.C. Hall|
Thanks again for the note. I went thru my copy of the "History of Fremont Church & School" and if I may, here is an excerpt, "When Rev. Summers became teacher he moved from Cedar Creek to the red house nearby the church, now owned by the Misses Hall, daughters of J.W. Hall". The misses may have been Myrtle and Minnie Hall, who became teachers themselves, with Myrtle going on to be a certified public school teacher. The birth date of James W.C. Hall posted at F.A.G. fits well with the James W.C. Hall mentioned in the list of the students who attended Fremont School at its opening in the 1853. The author praises Col. James B. Hall for all of his ten children being "well fed, well clothed and as well educated as circumstances would permit at that day". It's the author of this book who calls the son as Dr. James W.C. Hall, MD and whom was still living as of 1918 when the book was published. I hope these notes help, and yes, I write way too long, so please feel free to delete my notes at your choosing. Best Regards, CV.
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