Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
 from all of us here at
Granite-in-MY- Blood

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Follow the Map!

Bird's Eye Map of the Gallup Burying Ground by Brian Zoldak,  2014

By clicking on the link (above) under the photo you can go to the copy (and zoom it) of this amazing birds-eye map that Brian Zoldak made for our project. Is it great? 

This is above and beyond what I expected him to do for the project. 

Because of the holidays, it is best to wait until the new year (2015) to start blogging about individual gravestones in this cemetery.  In the mean time I will post some of my favorite post from the past. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Project Based Gallup Cemetery Collaboration 2

Photo by Midge Frazel (2014)
Project Based Gallup Cemetery Collaboration
(Part 2)

I like my workspace to be neat and to have things at my fingertips. I have my own home office, but I often work in my living room or in my kitchen. 

For this project, I purchased a light flexible brightly colored three ring notebook and in it I have placed some printouts of the Hale Cemetery Index and some printouts of records about the Gallup family that I may need to refer to. The next thing I have done, is to think about how I wished I'd organized my cemetery research in the first place. Since I am not allowed to go back in time to 2006, I decided that there is no time like the present to develop a plan for this big project. 

The goal is to have a 5x8 card for each gravestone. So, I purchased both white and colored index cards. The colored ones I got at Office Max. The white ones are cheaper and can be bought at Walmart. I like the lines but the backs of all cards are un-lined.

The card file boxes come in a set of four, snap firmly shut and are available at for $11.99. They are lightweight. I bought tape flags, a pencil case and some heavy duty elastics. All of it fits in the yellow plastic handled basket. For now, I just need two card file boxes to work with so I put two boxes away for another project.

I am still developing what needs to be on each card but I wanted the option of adding more information as needed on a second card. I will be adding a date of the blog post and noting if this person is in my family tree. Realizing that the spouse or parents of each person may not be buried in the same cemetery, I will need a place to add that. Any ideas you have are appreciated.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Project Based Gallup Cemetery Collaboration 1

Photo by Midge Frazel, 2014
Project Based Gallup Cemetery Collaboration
(Part 1)

In my opinion, being organized is part of a genealogists job and I manage that in many ways. I promised that I would give the readers of my blog some ideas on how a group of people, who do not live near each other, can work collaboratively on a cemetery project.

The first thing we did was agree that we needed a place to work so Carmen created a private (by invitation only) Facebook group for us to share ideas and help each other with our research. We aren't excluding you as anyone can join. Just let me know if you would like an invite.

Brian volunteered to go drive to the Gallup Cemetery and take all of the photos. That's a huge job but he did it with gusto and flair. He has shared his photos with the group and I am backing them up to my person Flickr account. As you can imagine this takes time. While he was doing that, Carmen dug through her family genealogy records and loaned me a copy of the 1966 printed genealogy so that I can compare the information in all editions of these genealogies. 

Brian has developed a gravestone numbering system and has created a gravestone map of the cemetery. Soon, I will be posting this with a link so you can look at it as we go along.

We discovered that some gravestones are broken or too shady, so together we have added to our collection of photos.

I am starting an Excel spreadsheet of the basic information and I have been developing a cemetery card system. I will be taking photo of that as I go along. 

In case you don't know about project based learning in a genealogy setting, I have explained it some time ago and it is linked here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mayflower Ancestors: Got Pilgrims?

Top of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, MA, photo by Midge Frazel
Got Pilgrims?

At this time of year, all of us who have Mayflower Ancestors get questions about how we proved that we are related to them. It is a lot of work to do so. I learned so much about proof by researching mine. Each step of the proof from my parents back taught me how to send for vital records, how to take gravestone photos and how to stay organized.

Many New Englanders have ancestors who came over in the years after the Mayflower and it is important to remember them too! 

I gathered the basic resources into a tab on my blog called "Our Mayflower Ancestors" so I thought I'd remind you that this is there to help anyone. I have listed mine and hubs too (as we are Mayflower cousins) and below that are several good site for information on them.

I am thankful to all of those who helped me with mine.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembering Our Gallup Veterans

Remembering Our Honored Dead

Gallup Hill Burying Ground, Ledyard, CT, 2009

Vet's Names on Rock, 2009

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Buried in the Gallup Hill Cemetery

List of Veterans 

in the Gallup Cemetery #10

 in present day Ledyard, CT

Midge and her DAR Patriot Ancestor, Col. Benadam, Gallup, 2004

For this early Veteran's Day posting, I'd like to show you the valuable resource in the Charles R. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions that are now available at

The listing of each person buried there (as of 1932) is my current focus, but there is also a listing of those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. There is also a Vietnam vet buried in this private graveyard. I will be blogging about each one as time goes on.

The list so far:

Landsman Christopher W. Gallup, US Navy, Civil War
Capt. Jacob Gallup, War of 1812
Luke Gallup, War of 1812
Andrew Gallup, Artillery, Revolutionary War
Maj.or Col. Benadam Gallup, Revolutionary War
Dr. Benadam Gallup, Revolutionary War
Henry Gallup, Revolutionary War
Col Nathan Gallup, Revolutionary War
Col. Nathan Gallup Jr., Revolutionary War
Capt. Isaac Gallup, Revolutionary War
Sgt. Nehemiah Gallup, Revolutionary War
Pvt. (Capt.) Ebenezer Gallup, Revolutionary War
Elisha Lloyd Gallup, LTC, US Army, Vietnam

List of Veterans (as of 1932) in the Hale Collection
 for Gallup Hill Burying Ground
Source: Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: The Charles R. Hale CollectionHale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions.Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut State Library.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Kindred Folk Shop Together

Shopping and Lunch in Garden City, Cranston, Rhode Island, 2014

Last summer, I enjoyed a trip to my hometown in Rhode Island where I met with fellow genealogist Diane MacLean Boumenot of Warwick, RI. (Warwick is the city that abuts my old neighborhood)

We didn't talk much genealogy but we had lunch and a bit of shopping delight in Garden City. One of Diane's daughters met up with us and shares my love of makeup and nail polish so that really made it  fun for me. Shopping is a Rhode Island delight.

Today, Diane released her wildly popular shopping list for genealogists. I hope this will be a yearly adventure for her and I plan to get on the lookout for great items that make for great shopping for us kindred folk.

It is my pleasure to re-post Diane's, 50 Gifts for Genealogists, 2014.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Mile Marker

Mile Marker, 1768, photo by Midge Frazel, 26 Oct 2014

Found outside the Wayland Historical Society in Wayland, MA an intact "mile marker" indicating that from that location to Boston is 19 miles (by horseback). This is the GPS of its day!

The back of this marker is rough and it looks a LOT like a gravestone that was never used. I think the letters have paint on them. The person walking ahead of me laid their umbrella on it while they opened it up. I almost screamed.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Meant to Be

 Successful Cemetery Adventures

Sometimes, the mood for a cemetery adventure can be set the moment you find the cemetery. That certainly was the case for our first time here finding this cemetery. 

We didn't know it is easier to find this place by going though "Old Mystic". We went all the way around on the highway into Groton. We stopped at a gas station and then proceeded slowly (with a few stops to look at possible entrances) until a woman came out of her house and told us where it was located. We had not gone far enough and we almost missed it because the gate was open and the "lawn guys" were parked there cutting the grass.

I remember looking at the locked gate and thinking that it might be my only chance to get inside. I took these two photos on our way out. It was May and it was quite hot in the direct sunlight.

The men who were working, took a break from mowing so I could take what I still consider to be the most significant gravestones in this place. My husband took my photo with my Revolutionary Ancestor's gravestone and it was so good, I had it framed. I took it to a DAR workshop and almost caused a riot. Most of them had not been looking for gravestones in their lines. 

I was so impressed with the guys who were mowing. One told us they would take a 20 minute break and that "someone should photograph here" because the deer in the area have leapt over the wall (in the back) and broken gravestones in the past. I thanked them and we got out within the 20 minutes. I know now that the Gallup Association pays for the grass mowing.  

The gate being open was significant for me. I am sure it was a sign that this was meant to be. I was on my way to being a "real" genealogist after so many years! (This took place in 2004)