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Remember Me

Remember me in the family tree  --  my name, my days, my strife;
Then I'll ride upon the wings of time and live an endless life.


The following (in no particular order) are useful online resources:

If any of these links fail - please search for them using Google.

Behind the Name:  Etymology & History of First Names

Preserving/Dating Old Photographs

People Search The Virtual Vintage Image 
Tombstone Birthdate Calculator Roman Numerals
Historic Pittsburgh Project (temp offline) Archaic Medical Terms 

Civil War Web Ring  /  Civil War

Revolutionary War Resources
City/Town Associations Story Preservation
Inflation Calculator Julie's FTM Genealogy  Home Page

Making of America - social history

Pennsylvania GenWeb

Butler County, PA GenWeb

Allegheny County, PA GenWeb
Westmoreland County, PA GenWeb Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

Michigan Resources

DearMYRTLE - LOTS of info!


National Genealogical Society

Scanning Tips

Documenting ONLINE sources Genealogy Forms to download/print
National Archives & Records Admin. MI Vital Records
Deciphering Old Handwriting Grill Your Granny / Paper Tree
Perpetual Calendar Oral History Questions
Association for Gravestone Studies 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


Sharing Your Family Data Online


Lighthouse Heritage - Historical Preservation Project

From Family Tree Magazine’s e-zine ~  December 6, 2001 ~ tip from Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Cemetery Calling Cards

Before a recent family history trip to Kentucky, I went to a bargain/closeout store and purchased several inexpensive bunches of silk flowers, the average price being 79 cents or less. To each one, I attached a short poem that I printed & laminated. On the reverse side, I included my name, home and e-mail addresses, and encouraged whoever may come across this grave to contact me.

Dear Ancestor,
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You do not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone.
Dear ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

On the flip side:
The grave you are visiting in one of my beloved ancestors. I am trying to create a family tree for this family. Please contact: [insert contact information here].

From Family Tree Magazine’s e-zine ~  December 6, 2001 ~ tip from Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.

Something to Think About


His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish

farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his

family, he heard a cry for help coming from

a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.


There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a

terrified boy, screaming and struggling to

free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what

could have been a slow and terrifying death.


The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the

Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed

nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the

father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved

my son's life."   "No, I can't accept payment for what I did,"

the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.


At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door

of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" the nobleman

asked. "Yes," the farmer replied proudly. "I'll make

you a deal. Let me provide him with the level

of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything

like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we

both will be proud of." And that the nobleman did.


Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools

and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital

Medical School in London, and went on to become

known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander

Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.


Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved

from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.


The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.


Someone once said:

What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

Sing like nobody's listening.

Live like it's heaven on earth.

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