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SWVA Genealogy Searcher (#47214926)
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Bio Photo I began my genealogy researching after my father mentioned that he wanted to know what happened to one of his aunts on his father's side. He didn't know his father since he passed away in 1935 just after he was born. He didn't know a thing about his grandparents on his father's side either, so my search began. I wanted to locate information, any information that I could gather for him.

After I received marriage and death certificates for some of the relatives, names started fitting into place. I found it interesting and intriguing. The journey has taken so far 3 years and I still have a long way to go.

I am now searching for locations of graves/headstones for many of my relatives so that I can let my father know where they are resting.

I am hoping that this site can help me find the relatives long lost. Maybe some of the family headstones that I add can help others in their search, as well.

Family names include: Thompson, East, Roope, Roop, Rupe, Hudson, Wolfe, Loftis, Lewis, Wilbourne, Wilburn, Wilborn, Nance, White, Bond, and many others.

I am having difficulty in locating graves for many relatives. I know where they passed away but where they are resting is a mystery. Maybe some day they will no longer be mysteries.
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Carol VA
RE: Memorial 135621886 Gary Brunner
Thank you very much.
Added by Carol VA on Oct 15, 2016 9:43 AM
Carol VA
RE: Memorial 135621886 Gary Brunner
Thank you very much.
Added by Carol VA on Oct 15, 2016 9:43 AM
Carol VA
Memorial 135621886 Gary Brunner
Please remove the photo of the grave marker. Gary is my brother and died from a tractor trailer incident. I placed the memorial for him and the grave marker is distressing to view. Thank you.
Carol Brunner Otocka
Added by Carol VA on Oct 13, 2016 7:29 PM
RE: Gladys Irene Haynes
I did find a Gladys Irene Haynes in Franklin County in the 1930 census...she was black, and 3 years old at the time. This might be her.

I feel badly that the obit didn't tell of any relatives etc. and that she was not buried where it said. Maybe the funeral home can release the information on where they actually took her.
Added by efberry on Sep 19, 2016 7:37 PM
Michael Dean
Death Location for Walter E Allen
Find A Grave Memorial# 77871504 - Walter E Allen and Beulah Delores Dean - Census records indicate that the couple lived their entire adult life in Bristol, Sullivan, Tennessee. There is a City Directory on Ancestry that is mistakenly indexed as Bristol, Virginia in which the Allen's are listed multiple times. The street address for the Allen's in the Directory is exactly the same address as listed in the 1940 Census, Bristol, Sullivan, Tennessee. Also, the Find-A-Grave entry for Walter E Allen indicates the death place incorrectly as Bristol, Virginia. The hospital he died in (Bristol Memorial Hospital) is located in Bristol, Sullivan, Tennessee.
Added by Michael Dean on Sep 07, 2016 1:23 PM
Rocky Mount Baptist Church
I noticed that you have added a grave to this cemetery in mecklenburg, va. This cemetery is listed twice with the other entry having about 46 entries and the one you used has only 3 graves entered.
Added by Michele on Sep 02, 2016 6:07 AM
Angie M
RE: Lora Francis Whiitaker
Pretty sure it is sunrise memorial
Added by Angie M on Aug 27, 2016 3:59 AM
Pat W.
RE: Wanda Duncan
Thanks. I hope I gave enough justification!
Added by Pat W. on Aug 20, 2016 3:40 PM
Pat W.
RE: Wanda Duncan
Good afternoon,
Wanda Evelyn Duncan Hayes is my cousin's aunt (his father's sister).

Her brother Eugene Roscoe Duncan was married to my mom's sister (Emma Lee Denny Duncan Nimmer) and her cousin Richard Lee Hayes was married to another of my mother's sisters (Dorothy Elizabeth Denny Hayes).

I do all of the family research for my mom's family - including all of the various branches, my dad's family, and my husband's family.

I'm one of those "annoying" researches who likes to keep research accurate and support everything with documentation - the more the better.

Because Find-a-Grave is free, I like to provide researchers with the most accurate information without violating privacy of the living and copyright laws. I was going to enter information about my dad's sister one day and discovered that an entry on Find-a-Grave has been recorded before the funeral service was held. That was upsetting.

I hope I answered your questions.

Pat W.
Added by Pat W. on Aug 20, 2016 12:09 PM
Don Bedwell
Connie. of course I will always give close relatives memorials to their family, I just wish to do edits, family links ect. myself. If you need any help with your Bedwell genealogy let me know. Thanks for all your work on Find A Grave.
Added by Don Bedwell on Aug 14, 2016 10:34 PM
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