|My account for update my Find a Grave info|
F.A.G. is the acronym for Find a Grave. Find a Grave is a website that was originally started to identify burial places of famous people, (usually movie stars).
I discovered Find a Grave through a tip from my cousin Tim Tipton who, like me, made numerous trips to graveyards searching for information on our common ancestors. Tim told me that I could go to the Find a Grave website and probably find a lot of information about our ancestors.
I went, I saw and I was hooked! Over the years I had taken many pictures of graves and their headstones. Now I had a place to put them. I joined the Find a Grave community (which ironically has the acronym of FAG - oh the irony since I am gay) to share my information and also to fulfill photo requests. Many a time Bill and I searched and visited nearby graveyards to fulfill a photo request for a far flung relative or friend of the deceased.
|Me at my great-grandfather's grave in Limestone, Tennessee|
Since joining Find a Grave, I have made many friends in the FAG community, most of whom are straight (again, the irony). Like my genealogy research, sometimes I'm hot and heavy into it and then sometimes I take months off and do nothing because I'm caught up in other aspects of my life in "retirement". More irony, I have never been busier in my life than I have in my retirement but I've also never been happier. No irony there, just contentment and happiness and much to look forward to each day that I wake up and see the morning light.
Over the past two years I have taken hundreds of photos of grave headstones that I haven't posted to FAG. A couple of weeks ago when I was fulfilling another photo request for a FAG member, I noticed that I now have competition down here in Lower Slower Delaware for Find a Grave contributors. In fact, I have discovered that someone else is posting pictures they have taken of gravestones! I have dallied too long. So for the next couple of months, I'm going to try and post my backlog of pictures to Find a Grave.com. I may not have as many blog postings so if you're all wondering what happen to Ron, it is just that I am shifting priorities. Just so many hours in this retiree's days.
Before I leave, one more irony. About a year into my membership of Find a Grave I discovered who founded Find a Grave. It is a man by the name of :
|Jim Tipton, Find a Grave Founder|