Granddad Daniel Grant Varner

Granddad Daniel Grant Varner
Daniel Grant Varner (front, far right) and siblings with spouses

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New family members found in my Cobb and Smith lines - Continuing Find A Grave research

This past week I continued my research using Find A Grave.  It was a very fruitful week with several new leads and a few photos found.  Find A Grave has again proved to be an invaluable source.

In the Cobb line I was able to confirm the birth and death dates for one set of GGrand Parents (Catherine Bird Means and William Burnston Means).

I also located the burial location (and birth / death dates) for several extended cousins.

  • William Zachariah Bird Sr
  • Eliza Ann Derrick Bird
  • Margaret M Bird Brown
  • William Zachariah Bird Jr
  • William M Billy Means 
  • Missouri A Cox Means
  • Estella Means Holley
  • James Alvis Cobb
  • Edwin Cobb
  • Mary Francis Bishop Cobb
  • Martha Catherine Warren Cobb
  • Henry Franklin Cobb
  • Mary Elizabeth Hogg Cobb

For the Smith line I located the burial locations (including birth / death dates for this grand uncle and aunt and a first cousin.

  • Fletcher Lindsay
  • Charles F Lindsay
  • Mae L Lindsay

In all I found nine tombstone, two individual and one family photo.  Fortunately the photographer granted use permission on their Find a Grave profile page.

This past week I also continued my arbitration of indexed records for Family Search.  There is finally a project being worked for Missouri obituaries.  So far this month I've submitted slightly more than 2,000 records.

I've been keeping up with sourcing my information in my Roots Magic database but I've not been updating my trees on Ancestry and Family Search.  I've got quite a bit of work to do there.  Plus I just looked at Ancestry and I now have 508 new un-reviewed hints (plus a lot of older ones as well).

I may need to consider stopping the arbitration and concentrate more on my research and updating various trees.  Once the Missouri Obit project is completed I'll stop for awhile and try to get everything caught up again.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More Find A Grave research for the Varner line in Pennsylvania

Another hectic week has passed.  Now that I'm caught up with the Vansant Road Cemetery records I have been able to spend some time in other areas.  We did have a cemetery board of directors meeting this week and that went very well.  Things are starting to turn around at the cemetery.

I did some indexing on Family Search.  I was actually arbitrating the indexed Obituary's.  Didn't do a lot just enough to keep fresh.

It has not been a real productive week for research.  However, I was able to work some time in.  I was working primarily in Find A Grave,  I found memorial pages for nineteen family members.  Four of which were new people that had to be added to the file. Within the memorials six of them had tombstone photos and four of them had enough information to lead me to the death certificates.  I added two new surnames to the file (Bacon and Bell).  The Bells are Sarah Varners family.  They were mostly in the Juniata County, PA.  The Bacons are through the Anna Varner Dunkel line.  This family had skipped all over the country (mostly in Colorado, Montana and Missouri).

I have determined that Find A Grave is an extremely valuable resource for genealogical research.  Even though it cannot be considered primary source material the information is there to lead you to primary documentation.