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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Why Did They Want to Be Found? Sentimental Sunday

Did my grandmothers decide it was time they wanted to be found? It seems unbelievable that I received photos of their final resting places in the same week, after 21 years for grandmother Poole and 19 years for step-grandmother Edna! It's been a very sentimental week, I couldn't be happier.


It's strange how things turn out, last summer I wrote two posts about my grandmothers, one "A Step-grandmother Connection" and "What Would You Do?" (as a follow up to my "Request for Help") in which I asked for help in getting photos of my grandparent's graves.


Happy ending and Happy dance, thanks to two wonderful women.


Why didn't I know where my step-grandmother was buried? Rather simple, she died 11 years after my grandfather, and moved in with her son, then moved to Florida. I simply lost contact with her, and assumed she was buried where she died...in Florida. My new found friend, Claudia, who is related to Edna was determined to find the location, and with the help of a Find-A-Grave volunteer, was able to locate her grave.


As for my grandparents, I have known since 1999 where they were buried, but there was no way to get a photo. They are in Illinois, I am in Massachusetts, quite a distance away. A few months ago, I called the cemetery to relinquished my rights to two available spots in their lot, and expressed my desire for a photo. Fortunately, employee, Jeanne Brunette, Planning Advisor, listened and within a few days, I had the photo!


It was quite a week of celebrating my grandmothers (and one grandfather). I look forward to Tombstone Tuesday, where I will be posting both of their tombstones.

13 comments:

Kristin said...

Yay! Congratulations. Now if I could just find out where my great grandmother Celia Rice Cleage Sherman is buried, I will do a happy dance.

Lori said...

Fantastic! I don't know what I would have done without so many gracious volunteers. I'm so happy for you!

Carol said...

Congrats!!! A wonderful week indeed!

Mavis said...

Congrats! Sounds like a terrific genealogy week!

Marian Pierre-Louis said...

Wonderful!

Susan Petersen said...

Synchronicity!

Deb Ruth said...

Congrats! Where would we be without our genealogy angels?

Lucie LeBlanc Consentino said...

What a fantastic event regarding both grandmothers in one week. I'm sure you were thrilled when you received each one.

Just gotta love it when we find these ancestors and loved ones.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Yeah! My toes are tapping, I'm doing a happy dance for you!

Susan Clark said...

Dancing a happy jig for you!

Brenda Leyndyke said...

That is wonderful! I would be lost with out genea-angels.

Kathryn said...

I share in your joy, congratulations. Looking forward to Tuesday.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you to each of you. It just shows sooner or later (even 21 yrs. later) you will get what you are looking for. Just keep at it.