Find A Grave is a great tool!

Love findagrave! Okay follow me on this: my great grandmother (on my father’s side) who is Nellie, was married twice. Nellie’s first husband is William M. Murphy and they had William Murphy (my grandfather). Now Nellie marries Henry Giles, 2nd husband. Nellie and Henry Giles has two children; Johnny and Ethel “Irene” Giles. Irene marries John Albert Sewell and they have two children; Milton and Anna Sewell. Irene marries a 2nd time, to Clive Doty, they don’t have any children, Irene marries a 3rd time and has more children. I just got off the phone with Irene’s grandchildren from the 3rd marriage! Now, why do I love findagrave? Because one of the grandchildren, the youngest posted a note in 2008, on findagrave saying “RIP Uncle Milton, we miss you”. It was located way at the bottom!

The cousins didn’t know about the other marriages of their grandmother. I will be packing up my information to share with the family. One had memories of hearing about their grandmother’s brother was a minister, which my grandfather was in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. We will be sharing lots of information.

Bingo, my first lead on this side. Yes, genealogists, we find the living- not only the dead! We all share the same great grandmother, Nellie! I am happy.

Have you had a good experience with FindAGrave?

About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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1 Response to Find A Grave is a great tool!

  1. MsLadyJae says:

    That was such a fun learning, the way you take us with you as you write is both exciting and informative. You inspire us to run to our computers! I too have found numerous family members through find a Excellent site! Thanks Shelley!

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