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Mike & Nancy Ridgdill (#47585642)
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Bio Photo My philosophy about F/G is really simple. Treat me like you want yourself to be treated. Very simple. If I see a memorial that I'd like to have transferred to me, I'll simply ask for it. Likewise, if you see a memorial I've submitted that you'd like to have transferred to you, just ask for it. I could care less if the person is related to you, or not. If you want it, and there's no reason for me to keep it, you can have it. It's just that simple. I do this because I love it. A lot of people just don't have the time to do this. In reality, I have no connection to at least 90% of the memorials I submit. I submit them because no one else has.

I know, there are those out there that claim they adhere to all rules, and will make no exceptions for anyone for any reason, whatsoever. You know the ones I'm talking about. We've all had to deal with them at one time or another. Guess what, they don't adhere to all the rules, either! I guarantee if you look at their totals, most of them manage a lot more memorials than they've ever added. I find it hard to believe all those extras adhere to the rules for relationship.

That, my friends, is why I'm not about numbers, and I really don't care about the persons relationship to you. Look, every memorial I create then transfer to someone else, will forever have my name as the original creator. So, don't be so possessive of the memorials you create. This is not a competition folks, as much as some try to make it be. This could be one of the best sites ever for genealogical research if only everyone would work together, show a little understanding, a little courtesy, and throw in just a little bit of good old common sense.

Like all of us, there are some memorials I won't transfer. But, the only time I won't transfer a memorial is when the person is in one of my direct ancestry lines, my aunts/uncles, a few cousins, and a handful of friends I hold dear to my heart. As for the information I post, feel free to use any info I submit. You do not need my permission. That's why I put it on there in the first place.

Now, since I've been so nice to you, I expect the same considerations given to me. If I request a memorial to be transferred to me, it is usually a direct ancestor, or a very close aunt, uncle, or cousin. On rare occasions, I may even request a memorial of a very dear friend. The only deviation from this is that from time to time I may request the memorial transfer of a Confederate soldier, if it's apparent the soldier is probably not related to the submitter. But, no matter who's memorial I request, I always stipulate, "unless this person is your relative." However, if you don't want to make the transfer, at least give me a good reason why you won't. Don't just keep putting me off, and don't start ignoring my requests completely. Common courtesy is all I'm asking for, and expect. But, don't come on here and complain about things that just don't matter. If you absolutely can't help but complain, then complain about things that really matter, like elder abuse, children having to go to bed hungry, or our returning military personnel having to live on the streets. Please, complain about those things, LOUDLY!

Now, that said, I do have one pet peeve on F/G, but it's only a common sense thing. Please, if you're going to take the time to create a new cemetery, make sure you have the correct name, provide the complete address, accurate written directions, and the correct map. It doesn't take much time, and can ensure future submissions are added to the right cemeteries.

Otherwise, I have been researching my family genealogy for over thirty years. I have published three books so far, Confederate Graves of Emanuel County, Georgia, in 2009, a color edition of the book in 2010, and The Ridgdill Genealogy, in 2011. All are available online.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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RE: Blanche Stewart


I did not receive a request for Lemuel Stewart's grave, but you can copy this one to your computer and upload it to his memorial.

The grave for both of them is located in a very nice area of the cemetery under a lovely tree.

In kind regards,

Added by R.Albo on Jan 24, 2014 1:34 PM
Robert Thompson
Edits on the Find a Grave system
On your personal findagrave home page there is an edit tab at the top of the page. If you click that tab you can choose to accept or reject any corrections all at one time which makes it easier. This was new to me a couple of months ago. It might be new or I just didn't see it. Unfortunately you do not get any email notice that corrections are there other than a number showing up next to the edit on the tab. You just have to know to check it every now and then.
Added by Robert Thompson on Jan 24, 2014 3:31 AM
Mary Rose
RE: Paul Ridgdill
You are welcome. Happy New Year.
Added by Mary Rose on Dec 29, 2013 7:19 PM
Tony Middleton
Re: John W Sherrod
Hi Mike,

Thanks very much for your response. I was very interested in the relative positions of the two markers, and you've enlightened me on that.

I want to give a more considered response, but before doing so I want to revisit my tree entry for John William Sherrod, the husband of Elvira L. Martin. And before I revisit my notes etc, I am doing a road trip today to Emanuel County to bury my nephew in Swainsboro City Cemetery. It may be that I have time to scoot over to Cross Cemetery #2 and see things firsthand.

My gut tells me it's two markers for one grave. But I'm puzzled by why they'd be so far apart.

When I return tonight I'll do some more study of Mr Sherrod and give you a shout within a day or so.

Added by Tony Middleton on Dec 28, 2013 5:02 AM
Tony Middleton
Question for you
Hey Mike

In your listing of CSA soldiers buried in Emmanuel County you list a John W Sherrod who is buried in Cross Cemetery #2. Yet when I look at the five interments on Find A Grave for that cemetery, there are TWO John W Sherrods attached to that cemetery! Would you mind looking at their pages and tell me what your opinion is? Are there actually two separate men buried there with identical names? I have a vested interest in solving this. One of these men (of this man) is the brother of my 2nd GGF.

Thanks for your time sir

Tony Middleton
Added by Tony Middleton on Dec 27, 2013 7:03 AM
William Mills
RE: Virgil Joyner
Mike, Thank you for looking into the rank of Virgil S. Joyner. I think you are right that he was possibly promoted to Brevet Captain. I provided the middle name "Stuart" on his FindAGrave memorial via the "edit" portion yesterday. I found that name in an interview that his daughter had given in a local newspaper in 1975 (when she turned 100 yrs. old) ... among other family lineage info. I appreciate all of your efforts to help preserve the memory of these soldiers. Thanks
Added by William Mills on Dec 24, 2013 2:47 PM
Margie Daniels
Love your statement
I feel the exact same way. I keep my relatives and don't even think of asking for my CSA vets they are all my relatives and most are within 3 generations. I do this because I love it. I would much rather a relative manage the memorials. They should want to manage them. That's how you connect families and continue your research. I am so thankful to everyone who has put my relatives online especially when I had no clue where they were.

To those Find A Grave hoarders, we all know who they are and they know who they are. One even put my mother's memorial online before we had the funeral service it seemed and at first refused to transfer her to me. Find A Grave fixed that quickly.

I say transfer the folks to their families and what is the number game all about anyway. Get a life.

Added by Margie Daniels on Dec 08, 2013 9:25 PM
lillian gregory
Henry Kemp
Looking for my third great grand father born 1820 ,died 1859,Emanuel county Ga.son of John A Kemp.
Added by lillian gregory on Nov 23, 2013 6:05 AM
RE: markin
I appreciate this proof from DeKalb but no one knows anything about this person,i suggest looking at the 1920 census and see if they are recorded in Lithonia at this time,i firmly believe that is is hard proof of a burial,maybe searchomg obits from that area also.usually all this information is available at your local library I will continue to help you. D.J.
Added by D.J. on Nov 19, 2013 4:02 PM
there are o markers with this name but there is a lot that has unknown family could this be this family its in the oldest part small cemetery but 500 feet from my house,i could ask the church,they may know,even in franklin garrets necrology they are not listed here can you post a copy of the certificate.D.J.
Added by D.J. on Nov 19, 2013 5:24 AM
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