I have been researching my family for over 45 years. It was slow going at first. Then came the computer and things got faster. Then came Find-A-Grave and doors opened. I have accomplished more in the last 10 years than before. After seeing how FAG helped me, I think it is important to record all cemetery records. Not just for the genealogy benefit, but also history. As one said, the headstones will wear, but the on line record will serve the test of time. I'm amazed how fast FAG is growing. I will create a memorial; go to create another and record numbers will have increased 30 or 40 in just a few minutes. I have heard folks say some are just entering memorials for the numbers. I disagree with that because the more we do; the faster the information is available.
First, I would like to thank all contributors that have helped me with my family records. With your help I now have over 16,000 names in my tree. I feel real blessed for your help.
I read somewhere, "If you don't have time to do it right…. When will you have time to do it over?" We are all trying to honor those who came before us, so let's do it right. If you find a mistake in my records, or just want me to add information, please use the "edit" tab so I'll find the record quicker.
I grew up in the Virginia Tidewater area and have since moved west and now in the Tri City, Virginia area. If I can be of help, please let me know.
"Life should not be just a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming woo hoo what a ride!" (thanks Suzy)
OVERBY GRAVE PHOTO Just wanted to let you know that the photo you have posted for William Epps Overby the CW soldier is not correct. His is the military marker and flag above the photo you posted. The photo you posted is for William henry Overby 1876-1951 also at Blandford. Please check the name through the search so you can remove the wrong one so as not to confuse family or others wishing to locate his grave.. Thank you. SM
RE: Frances L. Blankenship Thank you for checking on Frances L. Blankenship. We have her parents as Harvey Dyer Blankenship and Linda Lee Laffon. Harvey's father was Adolphus Blankenship, but I do not have any further ancestors.
RE: Blandford Cemetery Looks like that's the case. Two different ages at the time of death - Robert Sr. (age 42) is in plot W 1/2 center, Robert Jr. (age 45) in W 1/2 2ND SW Corner - so two different burial plots. Must have just been a tragic coincidence that the son died on the anniversary of the father's death.
RE: Blandford Cemetery Hi Rudy, hope all is well with you! Since there were no headstones, I probably got the information from the burial records. The same death day (not year) is awfully suspicious. I can't access Blandford's site at work, but I'll check it again when I get home to make sure I didn't make a mistake!
RE: John Vaughan This is the John Vaughan I asked you for the transfer on a while back and you said he was in your wife's family and couldn't transfer but I am sure he's the same one you transferred to this Dottie Meadows. I am closer in line than she is but she's not a nice person. Anyway, just wanted you to be aware she might be trying to get more of my Vaughan family from you. Save one for me if you're transferring. Thanks, SM
John Vaughan Caroline Co I just checked your wife's family line and that is not the Vaughan family we are related to so I doubt that my John Vaughan of Caroline Co. is the one she is down from. he is in my Vaughan tree if you want to transfer him but if not that is your decision. John Vaughan's line stayed in Chesterfield Co. mostly, Petersburg and Matoaca. However, I did have a very good friend who was Patricia Jean Dunnavant along with her twin sister Pamela if her Dunnavant's are related to them. Pat has since passed about age 50 sadly. I appreciate your reply and also if you change your mind on the transfer? SM