Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sandspurs and headstones

Well Saturday was a trip to Shady Rest Cemetery in Holly Hill, FL to look for 5 headstones for a Find a Grave request and also to look for the headstone of Bolton Smallwood who was my great grand uncle.

Success on all fronts! It turned out to be a long afternoon. I found Bolton fairly quickly within maybe 15 minutes. The Moore and Fisher headstones were another issue however. My wife and I wanered the whole cemetery and were about to give up. We reached the last section and there they were. I received a very nice thank you email from the requestor so that was very nice. It made the hundreds of sandspurs worth the effort.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sardis Church Cemetery

Tonight I was working my listings at . The cemetery I was working on was Sardis Cemetery in Jefferson County, Florida This is a cemetery that I came across with my wife when we went to Tallahassee to see a Florida State football game--GO NOLES. We were staying at a KOA outside of town and on the way we passed a small church and the cemetery was behind it.

Saturday morning before going in to town for the game we stopped to have a look around. Turns out the cemetery wasn't too big so my wife and I each took a camera and photographed the whole thing. It was already getting hot but I had a good time. There were large numbers of certain surnames including Armistead, Cooksey, Hatchett, McClellan and others. The cemetery included everything from veterans to infants to those almost 100 years old. Truely a local church cemetery.

I was so wrapped up in the cemetery portion I never did get a photo of the church. We're going to another game later this year and staying at the KOA again so I'll stop by and get a few photos of the church.
So far I haven't quite listed half of the photos I took so please check back as I will be adding more names and photos.

Friday, October 17, 2008

There's always a first time

Welcome one and all to my new blog. Mostly I hope to make this about my major interests of genealogy, cemetery research, and the Civil War. I may talk about what I am reading, cemeteries I have been to to photograph and interesting things I have found, or maybe the latest in my own family tree research. I'll mention new things I've learned that may be from other sites or books. Of course I'll try to include links to anything I talk about so that you can read then yourself. Really I hope to just have fun and maybe occassionaly entertain you for a few minutes every now and then. For now take care and I'll be posting again soon!