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Re: Benjamin F. Pease Lucy Emily Coon
Posted by: Jack Sheldon, Jr. (ID *****5395) Date: July 22, 2005 at 10:14:40
In Reply to: Re: Benjamin F. Pease Lucy Emily Coon by PATRICIA HARTSUFF of 273

Hi Patricia:

I'm glad to be of assistance. The 'library' I'm referring to is one that is forever growing in my genealogical work. I've been at this since 1999, after my wife and I moved into a home that was close to the Mesa (AZ) cemetery. Visiting my grandmother's grave that did not have a headstone at that time, while on a bicycle ride one morning, I realized just how little I knew about our family history.

That sparked one of the longest-term research projects that I have experienced and know will last the rest of my life, as well as a family headstone procurement project of our own.

I was very fortunate to have found the person who had our family Bible (in Michigan), and we are also fortunate to have a Sheldon Family Association. The information in the Bible connected our information to the SFA's at my ggg-grandparents' generation. My goal has since become to assist in completing their immediate descending generations as much as possible, and to meet distant cousins along the way. I've also realized that the information that I've accumulated can be helpful to others, and as others have provided unselfish acts of genealogical kindness for me on many occasions, providing information to others has been likewise as rewarding. It's just plain fun!

Perhaps you could find a "Warner" family association and try to tie back into their database. Local genealogical societies can be of great help; I know they appreciate new members and the exchange of communication and correspondence.

OK, back to "the library." Our family is centrally concentrated in Clinton and Eaton Counties in Michigan (I was born in Clinton County), and it's good to look into neighboring counties, because crossing county lines with so many counties in the state was not uncommon. I have most of the cemetery transcriptions of Clinton County, and two important ones for Eaton County.

Included is the North Star Cemetery in Gratiot County since this is a close neighboring cemetery, commonly used by Clinton County residents. A newly found descendent of my ggg-grandparents in North Star Cemetery has caused me (with raised eyebrow) to take a new interest in this booklet, which, by it's size, tells me that it must be a large cemetery. I also have access to some books of pioneer histories of the area, and have used access to the Eaton County Genealogical Society as my right arm in their local research. I appreciate the USGenWeb project and cannot say enough about the people who volunteer their time to build the breadth of information that it provides.

We have an LDS family history center in our town, and although not affiliated, I've visited the ceneter on several occasions. However, on my last visit, I've found that they have reduced the number of printed publications, and are turing to online census subscriptions. So, I have an online census subscription and can look in the comfort of my own home.

I've also taken two trips to Michigan (in 2000 and 2004) to research and resolve curiosities, but leaving with even a greater desire to return. I love walking cemeteries, and involve my wife and son as much as possible, and have combined my hobby of photography into the mix with photos of headstones and surrounding areas.

Occasionally, I have to put this aside when work increases and when we have added family responsibilities, but then when I return to the genealogy table, I try to have a new perspective on things.

Also, take the middle name "Elizabeth" as an open door to verification, because someone could have made a mistake in the transcription. But it may be on the headstone, and that would be a pretty good indication!

Please let me know if I can be of more help.

Sincerely,

Jack


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