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Shirley Stewart Milford (#47645504)
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Bio Photo I live in Memphis, TN. Both my parents were born in the area around the very small town of Finger in McNairy County in West Tennessee. I became interested in my ancestors in January 2010, when a church friend sent me an old family photo which was taken about 1892. Her great grandmother was in the picture and she thought one of the younger brothers in the photo might be my grandfather. He was!

The photo was my great-grandparents and their 10 children (before the 11th was born) and all the names had been written on that old photo! That photo really got my attention and I wanted to find more about each one of my grandfather's siblings. Sadly, I did not get to visit with my grandparents very often and I am the only OLD person left in my family : ) so there is no one to remember, no one left to ask questions. So I started researching. I am so thankful someone had the wisdom to write all the names on that old photo. Without those names I would have had no place to start.

It is so important to write names and dates on your photos!! I have tried to do this through the years – regretfully I have missed many and have had to estimate or guess about them. I am in the process of scanning all my pictures to make a ‘family photo journal' CD so each of my children and grandchildren can have a copy. Now I will add our family genealogy records so they will know about their ancestors.

I was excited to learn about Findagrave where I can make lasting memorials to my ancestors so they will not be lost and forever forgotten to the ages. I am thankful for Findagrave and Family Search especially, and all their wonderful volunteers who have helped so much in my research.
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RE: photo request
Thanks, I will check out the Facebook page. Wasn't aware of it!
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Apr 02, 2014 1:01 PM
RE: photo request
I emailed a lady whose name I have seen frequently on St see if she will be claiming yours. She already knows the cemetery, presumably.
I hope I hear from her. If not, I will claim your requests and work on them. Its cold and rainy today...I am anxious for sun so I feel like getting out with the camera!
I am working on entering memorials for Westlawn cemetery, which is a "black" cemetery historically. I think it is important to work on it because there is so little ancestry info out there to begin with for African Americans. So I am doing what I can! Many of the cemetery records only record the burial date so I am sure it makes it more difficult to find relatives without birthdates.
Have a great day.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Apr 02, 2014 12:00 PM
RE: photo request
I went thru St Patricks and took photos of all headstones, so any graves without photos don't have a headstone.
I would be glad to take photos of the plots anyhow.
I have not worked the St. Johns cemetery but nothing says I can't! It's just a matter of finding the person who has the maps and lists.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Apr 02, 2014 8:00 AM
RE: photo request
I haven't seen any requests come through from you about the new plots I sent a pic of.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Apr 01, 2014 9:15 PM
Springer gravestones
Hello Shirley,

You are most welcome. I have added the uncropped photo and also added the photos to Lolo and Velma's memorials. It was my pleasure. They are only a few graves away from my grandparents so I knew right where to find them. I hope the pics help you if you ever get a chance to visit.

Added by Marie on Mar 27, 2014 9:24 AM
fonda flamingo
Carl Springer‏ / Oakwood Cem. Milan Tn
I have linked Carl to his wife per your request. Thank you for sending the information. Are you related to these folks?
Added by fonda flamingo on Mar 25, 2014 8:04 AM
RE: John J Tracy in the Galvin tree
You are so very welcome! It is so interesting and fun.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Mar 23, 2014 7:43 AM
RE: St Patricks Plot Map
I just found on a "family tree' which shows John's death as March 31, 1921 in Osawatomie. It shows St Patricks as the place of burial so the "owner" of the tree thinks it is the same person.

I went through the 1920 census for Osawatomie State Hospital and found a "John J Tracey", widower, whose age was 57. I will send the census page to your email.

And I found a family tree with a photo of Frank Tracy's gravestone. Will send that as well.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Mar 22, 2014 9:22 AM
RE: St Patricks Plot Map
I'm glad to help.
It is a small cemetery so its no problem and the office staff are very nice.
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Mar 22, 2014 8:20 AM
RE: St Patricks Plot Map
I added the photos. Looking at my map of the cemetery, it looks like the plots next to the Galvins are family also, their kids I think. I will have to get back out to the cemetery and take close-up photos of their map of those plots for you.
Do you belong to
Added by LADONNA SANDERS on Mar 22, 2014 7:59 AM
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