President's Message - June 2017By the time you read this, summer will be upon us. A number of our readers have already left for cooler climes, what are your plans?
My summers usually involve traveling, visiting family, and seeing the sights in some of the forgotten corners of our country. One my favorite things to do in a new town is to stop at a small cemetery and check out the headstones. I like to record these visits using the BillionGraves app (http://www.billiongraves.com) and use the same photos to make sure the headstones are also memorialized on the Find A Grave website. (http://www.findagrave.com).
While doing this, I have found some interesting headstones, some that have raised interesting questions. In Missouri, a few years ago, I found headstones for what looked like an entire family. It appeared to be a father, mother, and several children. I took photos of the headstones and posted them to both BillionGraves and Find A Grave. Last year, I got an email from one of the familyís relatives asking me to update the information on the Find A Grave memorials. It seems the family had contracted influenza, then pneumonia, and both parents and three of the five children succumbed to the diseases. The surviving two children had been placed with family members. I updated the memorials and transferred management of them to this family member. See http://tiny.cc/17z6ky
Sometimes, you get lucky and stumble across the little forgotten cemetery that no one has documented, http://tiny.cc/59z6ky
So, what are you doing this summer? Whatever it is, I hope it is enriching your family and your memories. Just donít forget to share those memories with those around you.
Richard Young, FHSA President 2017-1018