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Cliff Blanchard (#47954981)
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Bio Photo Long before the computer my mother wrote letters tracing our families. It's been over 40 years since I started working on our tree/branches. Currently tracing: Blanchard, Lanham, Carson, Carter, Coleman, Ashby, Williams, Taylor, Lindsey, Bough, Allen, Bogusz, Boyd, and Grant. Now that our daughters are married, I help with the Yocom, Batchelor and Wallace trees. I've walked cemeteries in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. I'm a member of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society and its' Cemetery Committee; and the Clay County Genealoigal Society. I recently became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and as a newspaper and a portrait photographer, I have no problems taking photos.

When I walk a cemetery, I will photograph every headstone in a particular area. Later when I find a memorial has already been established, I delete my photo preventing any duplication. If no memorial has ever been established, I research the person using census records,, obituaries, marriage records and cemetery indexes. Usually this confirms what the headstone reflexes, and helps fill in missing information. If a memorial has been established without a photo, I will add my photo thus allowing family living elsewhere to know the condition of the headstone.

I also link family members, which allows locating other relatives easier. Remember, siblings can be linked to parents not the reverse. It's a simple procedure. If I've posted something wrong, please let me know. I'll correct any mistakes in a timely manner. I can't EDIT a memorial I've transferred, and I will transfer memorials that aren't family. Check FAG guidelines.

I realize the census and obituaries are excellent source of information, however, like anything else they contain errors. Whenever human hands are envolved, mistakes occur. I've found errors in names, dates of birth/death, and locations. If you want me add something to a memorial from an obituary, it's MY policy not to add living relatives for privacy reasons. Please respect my preference.

As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, I will always honor a fellow servicemen.

Recently my daughter, grandson and I took a trip to Ohio County, Kentucky guided by my Find-A-Grave friend, Helen McKeown. Our goal was to find more family connections, and we did. We visited: Milton Taylor Cemetery, Morton Cemetery, Sunnyside Cemetery, West Providence Cemetery, Centertown Cemetery, Waltons Creek Cemetery, Carson Cemetery and Beulah Cemetery. I saw where my father went to school in Centertown, and lived. (Both are now gone). We found several Revolutionary War connections.
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Messages left for Cliff Blanchard (182)[Leave Message]
Patricia Berry
RE: William Allen Carson
Dear Cliff: Yes Margaret Della Carson born February 19, 1880 is my grandmother and Edward Green Cook is my grandfather. Their son, Marvin Hill Cook is my father. He married Roberta Elizabeth Bryant. Is your grandfather Christopher Kell Carson born November 6, 1871? My records show he had a daughter Ethel E. Carson. Was Ola another daughter? If this is your great grandfather then he was a brother to my grandmother Margaret Della Carson. I have a couple of pictures of him from a visit to Kentucky. I have information of Margaret Amanda Kell's family back to the first Kell in America. Do you have that? Also I have a book from the Denver Library about the Carson family. How do you do a Memorial? Pat
Added by Patricia Berry on Sep 30, 2014 8:28 AM
James Archer
THANK YOU very much for taking the photo for me!!!!
Added by Grasser on Sep 25, 2014 7:12 PM
Jeff Thomas
Ronald Thomas
Thanks for the grave pictures. I always appreciate your help.
Added by Jeff Thomas on Sep 24, 2014 9:53 PM
Barbara Goggin Brann
Ann Robson

Thank you so much for taking the time to go out and take such a nice photo of Ann Robson's gravestone. The cemetery looks very old, and very interesting.
Added by Barbara Goggin Brann on Sep 24, 2014 9:27 PM
Claire Ehrhart Abel
Sarah and Wm Allen
Strange one set of dates for 2 people

Thank you so much for the great picture!!
Added by Claire Ehrhart Abel on Sep 24, 2014 9:08 PM
jim gillis
RE: Webster Cemetery Parke County
I would be happy to transfer the memorial over to you. Get on find a grave on his memorial and send a request and I will transfer it.
Added by jim gillis on Sep 24, 2014 7:33 PM
RE: Destiny
Yes,we found out and it was very heart warming to find out. Thank you again!
Added by Coda on Sep 21, 2014 9:49 AM
Thank you!
Destiny's mom wanted me to write and tell you thank you!! We both appreciate everything and boog will always be miss and loved not a day goes by that we don't think of our angel!! Love you baby girl
Added by Coda on Sep 19, 2014 6:17 PM
Billie (Morris) Barushak
Thank you for all of your hard work! I really appreciate you getting the photo and posting it. I am not sure where Anna fits, but thank you for letting me know about her stone and taking the photo. I will have to try and figure that one out. :)
Added by Billie (Morris) Barushak on Sep 18, 2014 6:36 PM
Jeff Thomas
Carolyn M. Thomas Neese
Thanks for the picture of Carolyn's headstone.
Added by Jeff Thomas on Sep 18, 2014 5:01 PM
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