Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

I am a proud member of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) and my act of kindness involves taking digital photographs of headstones in cemeteries in Tarrant and Hill Counties, Texas. A person from somewhere besides Tarrant or Hill County (usually out of state) sends a request to me through RAOGK for photos, and I do my best to find that headstone and get a picture of it, and send it back to the requesting person. It is a lot of fun and it gives me a way to “pay back” the efforts of the many vounteers who contribute so much to the genealogical community.

So, this morning I made a trip to a local cemetery, one that is also the final resting place for many of my own ancestors. It is a quite large cemetery, so my first stop is usually at the office, to get a map for the exact location of my headstone. The ladies in the office are always very kind and helpful, and I certainly appreciate their assistance.

I also stopped by the gravesite of my Uncle Ladd, who died last September. I was very pleased to see that his permanent headstone is now in place. It is a simple headstone, containing on either side of his name the image of a cowboy holding a saddle. Very appropriate, as Ladd was the embodiment of The Cowboy. I think he may have been born 100 years too late:

Ladd Clark stone1
After paying my respects to Uncle Ladd, I then found my 2 RAOGK headstones (after I waited for a nearby funeral to conclude), snapped the pix, and returned home and emailed the images to the gentleman who requested them.


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