Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery at FindAGrave.com

This Memorial Day I honor my maternal and paternal ancestors (veterans and non-veterans) virtually with the launch of the – Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery– at FindAGrave.com! [1]

Click to visit virtual cemetery online now!

I actually established this “on-going” virtual cemetery New Year’s Day of this year, but did not want to release it online until –

1) I had 20 or more ancestors listed
2) I had a chance to verify each ancestors’ connection to me and my family

The purpose of this new virtual cemetery is to link the interments of all my maternal and paternal ancestors together despite the geographical location of their graves. Those of you who have been following me for a while know FindAGrave.com  is one of my favorite online resources to use with my family research. I started creating virtual cemeteries last year with the launch of my “on-going” Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery and when I see the number of visits that post has received via my blog’s Google Analytics dashboard widget and Feedjit live traffic feed, I hope that this post about this new virtual cemetery will do just as well too!

According to the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, on May 5, 1865, Decoration Day was established for our nation to decorate the graves of veterans with flowers. The first observance of this federal holiday took place at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. But by the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 across the United States. By 1971, the US Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday and it was at that time that it would be observed on the last Monday in May.

With so many Americans honoring the deaths of love ones who were not veterans on Memorial Day, in December 2000 Congress passed and the president signed in to law — “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” — so that veterans are particularly not forgotten on this national day!  [2]

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.”

To my family and friends, have a wonderful Memorial Day and if time allows, visit a local cemetery today! If you cannot make it to an actual cemetery, then I invite you to take a virtual stroll through the Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery by clicking the link or the graphic above; feel free to leave virtual flowers if you like!

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Source Citation:

1.   Taylor-Harris, L. (2013, May 25). Claiming Kin Virtual Cemetery. Find A Grave – Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. Retrieved May 25, 2013, from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr

2.   U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. (2012, November 30). Memorial Day History. Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. Retrieved May 25, 2013, from http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

Happy New Year, Claiming Kin turns 2!

Happy New Year 2013

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Happy New Year everyone! Not only is today the first day of 2013, it is also the 2 year anniversary of ClaimingKin.com . . . woo-hoo!

Time really does fly when you’re having fun . . . for it doesn’t seem like I’ve been blogging about– all things genealogy — for two years. But I have, and I’ve loved every minute of it!

Special thanks to my family for their contributions to our family tree and this blog! Then I send virtual (((((hugs and well wishes)))) to all my genealogy friends who stop by to read and interact with me here on a regular basis. THANK YOU! I appreciate your friendship, guidance, and support very much and wish you and yours a — Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year, Claiming Kin turns 1!

Happy New Year 2012

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Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for your friendship and support throughout 2011! Today is the first day of  2012 and it is also the one year anniversary of Claiming Kin . . . woo-hoo!

Can you believe I’ve blogged about all things genealogy for one full year?! Yes indeed! Launching my family history blog first at, LiveJournal.com -claimingkin.livejournal.com, and then here at my very own place in cyberspace, has been a great learning experience! Between the two blogs I have a total of:
50 post (including this one)
106 comments
371 subject tags

Not bad for a beginner genea-blogger if I may say so — LOL! But this just means that there’s more interesting family history to share with you this year!

So how do I plan to celebrate this one year milestone?

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I plan to kick-off this celebration by delving into Genetic Genealogy. That’s right! I ordered my mtDNA – Universal Female Test kit from Family Tree DNA, which happens to be based right here in H-town. This test strictly checks the maternal line (all women) with no influence from any of the men along that line. Both men and women receive their mtDNA from their mother. Once my test is complete, I plan on ordering the Y-DNA Universal Male Test for my oldest brother. The Y-DNA test strictly checks the paternal line (all men), with no influence from any of the women along that line. Y chromosomes are passed down from fathers to sons, not from fathers to daughters. So if you’re a female and would like to know about your paternal line, you will need to have a brother or a male relative from that line tested. So I will keep you posted about my family’s genetic genealogy journey and more throughout this year.

Are you using genetic genealogy to complete your family tree? If yes, share your thoughts with me!

GeneaBloggers.com

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I want to send some special (((THANK YOU))) vibes to Thomas MacEntee, the Founder of GeneaBloggers.com, and all the excellent genealogists from that online community who stopped by say hello, or who connected with me via Google Friend Connect this weekend!

This blog along with 18 other newly-discovered genealogy and family-history related blogs were featured at Geneablogger.com for May 21, 2011. Can you guess who topped the list? It was ClaimingKin.com! I am very excited about being a part of this community!

So to all the wonderful new friends I’ve made at Geneablogger.com this weekend (be sure to check out these great genealogists below) . . .

Diana Ritchie @ Random Relatives

Gini @ Ginisology.com

Greta Koehl @ Greta’s Genealogy Blog

Dr. Bill @ Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

Elizabeth O’Neal @ Little Bytes of Life

Jasia @ Creative Gene

. . . THANK YOU so much for the well wishes and taking the time to connect with me online. I will be visiting your blog communities very soon!