Wednesday, April 06, 2005

READERS' FEEDBACK: Files, photos &
help from friends

-- Civil War Pension Files

-- Tombstone Photographs

-- Godfrey Library's Mailing List

-- 6 Genealogists Accept Challenges from Myrt

-- Clothing of Various Time Frames


From: Sharyn Hay <

RE: <>


Just a comment regarding your mentioning "complete" Civil War pension
files. If the person died in the war, or shortly afterwards, and the widow or
children received the pension, there may NOT be a file on the soldier in
question. The file on the spouse or children does not necessarily have the
original papers filled out by the soldier.

I have three of them that have lots of details on
how the soldier died, the marriage, and the births of the children, but not a
word about the soldier's parents. There is no file on the soldier himself in all
three cases. On the other hand, some people have found strange things in their
soldier's files, including birth certificates and deeds to property, so anything
is possible!


From: Fred MacKay <>

RE: Tombstone Photographs are NOT an invasion of Privacy <>


I read the message from 'Carla Leber', about the concern about invasion of
privacy. If one lists data upon a tombstone then that person wishes another to
be able to read it. Also since it is in a public place it is by default 'Public
Domain', then photographing the stone isn't an invasion of privacy. Usually the
info on a stone is minimal in the first place, but is enough to allow someone to
go to the registration authority for confirmation of the event, always
remembering that if you are family relative, you will be considerate of the

From: Teresa Elliott <>


Oh yeah. See the link in my signature below. <G> I have been told to leave
the premises on more than one occasion. In my case, the person was a descendant
and the land owner so I had to do as asked, since I am not usually a descendant
or land owner. But for the most part when I tell the land owner why I am there
(which we try to do before we photograph) they are always so nice. And often
tell me the history of the family, and where to find other close by cemeteries.
But more and more we are seeing this in cemeteries that are owned by large

Also might want to point out that all names on a
tombstone aren't necessarily of the deceased. My parents bought their stone when
my dad had cancer, so my mom and brother's names are on the stone, and they are
very much alive. It was cheaper to have as much information put on the stone at
one time as possible.

Teresa Ghee Elliott

Rutherford Co., TN cemeteries:


From: Mary Finley <>

Re: [DearMYRTLE] Godfrey Library's Mailing List <>


Tom Kemp...wonderful, generous...I had a question some months back, long about
midnight. He answered me within minutes!! WOW! is right.


From: < >

Re: 6 Genealogists Accept Challenges from Myrt <>

I have 13,000 family group sheets, in over 30 large 3 ring binders. Have death,
birth,immigration, emmigration, books, at least 20 of them. I will never put
them in acid free paper. It would take me 20 years. Fondly, Delorid.


From: Sally Rolls Pavia <>


Here is a great site for clothing of all time eras. Not only are they depictions
BUT she actually makes the patterns herself. Spent the longest time just
'wandering' from one clothing design to another. <>

See also:


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