Notes from the past…

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Does your Confederate ancestor in Tarrant County, Texas need a VA headstone?

I received this from the Fort Worth Genealogical Society a few days ago:

DO YOU HAVE CONFEDERATE RELATIVES BURIED IN TARRANT COUNTY?  If you have Confederate relatives in UNMARKED graves in Tarrant County, we’d like to help.  We will obtain headstones from the veterans administration, free of charge, and will install them, free of charge, in any cemetery in Tarrant County.

The VA will now only grant markers when a blood relative is the applicant.  We’ll do all the paperwork; all we need you to do is sign the completed application.  We will put your name, address, phone number on the application.  We will have the stone shipped to us, and will get the necessary signature from the cemetery association.

We have done this dozens of times in past years.  It will cost you nothing at all.  We can send you photographs of stones we have installed in the past few months.

If you are interested, please email Mike Patterson at   This is done as a service to the public by the E. W. Taylor Camp, #1777, of Sons of Confederate Veterans, based in Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas.

Some of the larger commercial cemeteries require fees to have stones put in their cemeteries.  We know of only two which have fees…Mount Olivet and Greenwood.  We cannot pay “setting fees” or installation charges for any cemetery that has them. They will not allow anyone but their own staff to install markers on their properties.  Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth allows us to install markers at no charge.

Contact Michael E. Patterson at

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1940 Census Saturday: Millie Alma Armstrong

Prior to the release of the 1940 U S Census, I created a list of everyone in my database who should be in that census. Each Saturday I hope to be able to introduce an ancestor and his/her enumeration sheet from my 1940 Census “Wish List”:

Millie Alma Armstrong (1869-1944) was the wife

of my second great-granduncle Albert Bennett

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #35: Genealogy Friends

Genealogy friends are wonderful people. Don’t you agree? Tell us about a genealogy friend in your life. How did you meet? Do you share any common ancestors or research interests?

Genealogy friends… I have met so many!

Rather than single out just one person, I’d rather offer my praises to the online genealogy community: those wonderful researchers and webmasters who maintain blogs and websites dedicated to family history research.

I have conversed with many online, in one fashion or another, and all have been friendly, open and willing to share of themselves. There is a wealth of genealogy knowledge and experience out there in cyberland. All you need to do to get help is: ASK!


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.