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I came across Find A Grave when researching some family genealogy and became instantly hooked.
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.
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.
MY RECENT ENTRIES AT TOMS BROOK CEMETERY AND OTHER SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VA CEMETERIES:
With the recent mass deletions of so many memorials from our Shenandoah County cemeteries, I have attempted to restore a small portion of these but fully realize that I cannot restore them all alone. There are many cemeteries that have had mass deletions. Some people have added memorials back in in bulk but have not added photographs. It is my hope that there will be other Find A Grave Volunteers 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 family members out there who would like to expand on the memorials that I 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 on this page.
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 NO WHITE AREA TO THE RIGHT:
Before you begin to type your bio or do a bio for a memorial just type a row of APPROXIMATELY 35 characters such as ~~~~ or **** MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EDIT TAB IN FULL VIEW. Type and 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 that 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.
Hope this helps!
REMINDER TO ALL VOLUNTEERS: Do not become overwhelmed by adding so many more memorials than you can properly maintain. The goal here is not to see how many memorials you can add, but how many you can create that are accurate and that you can properly maintain. If you have added more memorials than you feel comfortable with properly editing and updating then please ask another FAG volunteer to take them over or contact a Find A Grave staffer who will find someone else to maintain the memorials for you. DO NOT DELETE THEM.
My advice is to TRANSFER, TRANSFER, TRANSFER!
DO NOT DELETE THOSE YOU HAVE LABORED SO HARD TO CREATE! There may be family members whether distant or close in relationship who would love to have them in their control. Don't worry about Ancestry's buyout of Findagrave. Let's just hope that they will do what is right and continue to maintain this site as a free genealogy research tool which to me it is - it is not just a record of headstones.
May you find joy in making all your FAG memorials special! This is a labor of love for all of us and a unique way to share and preserve our heritage!!
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|Carol Hardman||Alexander B. Clinedinst|
Thank you so much for the edit, the transfer, and your info on creating bold and italic type. Your volunteer work is much appreciated. Carol
|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!
|Jennifer Stone||RE: Elwood Blamble|
You are very welcome! Elwood's wife is my husband's Grandma's sister. His Grandma is Pearl (Simmons)Moats.
|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.
|Church Volunteer||Maj Daniel Wotring|
Thanks again for the note. Here a follow-up with a little more info. There are 3 written references which I've used for posting the info relating to the Hall family descendants. The first one, Norris, is quoted on the Wotring memorial page 107641522 The 2nd is Cartmell, "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers" pg 440 which not only details the Hall & Clowser & Rosenberger families, but he had actually written about them in the same order that their homes were on Rt 600. The 3rd is from the book "History of Fremont Church & School" where many of these families attended both activities. The author, Asa Richard personally knew these families and he is the source which mentions Dr. James W. Hall. Some of his excerpts are posted on the Summers memorial 108969564 who was once tutor/teacher of them both. I also have a (fair) photo of the old Hall place if you're interested. It's no longer standing however. And the Wotring place burned down not so long ago; it being vacant for decades. I know you're familiar with these sources, but I hope putting them all together here helps. Best Regards, CV.
|Church Volunteer||Hall Cemetery Location|
Thank you for the note. The cemetery consists only of the four graves that are listed. It is on a very private homestead today; which was once a part of the Hall place. The location "Rosenberger" actually no longer exists. It was a reference to the Rosenberger Post Office which closed in the 1950s. The old P.O. was on the same road which a section of the Hayfield community is, Rt 600. Whomever posted the cemetery to F.A.G. may not have had a chance to actually visit the location, and might have been doing their post from text. I've only provided the photos of the headstones as requested. I hope this helps. Best Regards, CV.
|Karen Brown||Helsley Cemetary #2|
I'm trying to find location of this Cemetary. As far as I know it should be around Columbia Furnace VA
I need to go out to this cemetary and take pictures.
I'm with the Local Daughters of American Revolution Chapter located in Woodstock VA
and we have been by family of George Jacob Helsley to mark his grave as a revolutionary war vetern and to start the process we need to locate his grave. Any help you can give would be wonderful.
|Patrick Mahowald||How to create Bold text?|
I notice you do a fine job of writing bold text on your Find-A-Grave entries. How does a person code those things? (I have done plenty of programming, but not in this type of HTML language).
|John Reaser||RE: John Christopher Helsley|
You are correct. I have separated John Christian Helsley(1874-1913) and John Christopher Helsley (Apr 1871-1913) and have found that John Christian had two wives and not John Christopher as shown on the headstone on Find A Grave. Thanks for the updated info. So, Minnie D. Estep(Apr 1870- aft 1930) & Claranda Combs(11/22/1872-2/22/1907) is the 2 wives of John Christian Helsley. Marriage to Claranda was on 8/16/1894 and to Minnie on 5/21/1908.
I hope this is correct as per ancestry.com.
I am not related to any of the above but is real good friends with Larry Helsley, which is the
GreatGrandSon, etc of the Helsleys.
|John Reaser||John Christopher Helsley|
I have additional information from ancestry.com on John Helsley #71300029. He was born Apr 1871 & died 1913 both in Shenandoah Co., Virginia. He married Claranda Combs(11/22/1872-2/22/1907) and his 2nd wife was (Minnie D. Estep(Apr 1870- unknown).
His father was Aaron Helsley(1830-1870) both in Shenandoah Co., VA. His mother was Martha Ellen Warner(8/4/1833-11/14/1900) in Virginia & Died in Shenandoah Co., VA.
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