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A morning of volunteering

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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Thank you, Msteri!

Msteri from Heritage Happens has tagged this blog with the I Love Your Blog award. Actually. she did this a few days ago, but as I’ve said, I’ve been too busy sneezing to do anything lately.


The rules are:

1. Can put the logo on his/her blog
2. Must link to the person who gave the award
3. Must nominate 7 other blogs and link to them
4. Must leave a comment on each of the nominated blogs

So, my 7 favoritest (?) blogs are:

  • Family Matters- Denise always has the best info on anything techi that might be of use to genealogists!
  • Genealogy Roots Blog- in July of 2007, Joe posted about a database that enabled me to break through (totally obliterate!) a long-standing brickwall!
  • Genealogy Reviews Online- the best for general genealogy, Tim touches all bases.
  • Shades of the Departed- the one and only Footnote Maven runs a fascinating and energetic blog, filled with amazing images of the past!
  • Simply Susan- my cousin’s blog. Nothing to do with genealogy, but still really fun and interesting!
  • The Abraham Lincoln Blog- Lincoln is my favorite historical figure, and Geoff presents a lot of interesting tidbits that won’t be found in most histories and biographies!
  • Today’s History Lesson- an on-this-day-in-US-history-type blog. Very interesting for general American History. Stuff you don’t have time to learn about in class!