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CIVIL WAR PENSION FILES
From: Sharyn Hay <storknurse7@earthlink.net
RE: <http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0401.htm>
DearMYRTLE,

Just a comment regarding your mentioning "complete" Civil War pension files. If the person died in the war, or shortly afterwards, and the widow or children received the pension, there may NOT be a file on the soldier in question. The file on the spouse or children does not necessarily have the original papers filled out by the soldier.

I have three of them that have lots of details on how the soldier died, the marriage, and the births of the children, but not a word about the soldier's parents. There is no file on the soldier himself in all three cases. On the other hand, some people have found strange things in their soldier's files, including birth certificates and deeds to property, so anything is possible!

TOMBSTONE PHOTOGRAPHS
From: Fred MacKay <fmackay@blueyonder.co.uk>
RE: Tombstone Photographs are NOT an invasion of Privacy <http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0322.htm>
DearMYRTLE,

I read the message from 'Carla Leber', about the concern about invasion of privacy. If one lists data upon a tombstone then that person wishes another to be able to read it. Also since it is in a public place it is by default 'Public Domain', then photographing the stone isn't an invasion of privacy. Usually the info on a stone is minimal in the first place, but is enough to allow someone to go to the registration authority for confirmation of the event, always remembering that if you are family relative, you will be considerate of the family.

From: Teresa Elliott <cheasa@bellsouth.net>
DearMYRTLE,

Oh yeah. See the link in my signature below. <G> I have been told to leave the premises on more than one occasion. In my case, the person was a descendant and the land owner so I had to do as asked, since I am not usually a descendant or land owner. But for the most part when I tell the land owner why I am there (which we try to do before we photograph) they are always so nice. And often tell me the history of the family, and where to find other close by cemeteries. But more and more we are seeing this in cemeteries that are owned by large corporations.

Also might want to point out that all names on a tombstone aren't necessarily of the deceased. My parents bought their stone when my dad had cancer, so my mom and brother's names are on the stone, and they are very much alive. It was cheaper to have as much information put on the stone at one time as possible.

Teresa Ghee Elliott
Rutherford Co., TN cemeteries:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rutherfordcemetery/

GODFREY LIBRARY'S MAILING LIST
From: Mary Finley <marmfin@comcast.net>
Re: [DearMYRTLE] Godfrey Library's Mailing List <http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0323.htm>
DearMYRTLE,
Tom Kemp...wonderful, generous...I had a question some months back, long about midnight. He answered me within minutes!! WOW! is right.

6 GENEALOGISTS ACCEPT CHALLENGES FROM MYRT
From: <FROGAZ1@aol.com >
Re: 6 Genealogists Accept Challenges from Myrt <http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/0324.htm>
I have 13,000 family group sheets, in over 30 large 3 ring binders. Have death, birth, immigration, emigration, books, at least 20 of them. I will never put them in acid free paper. It would take me 20 years. Fondly, Delorid.

CLOTHING OF VARIOUS TIME FRAMES
From: Sally Rolls Pavia <sallypavia2001@yahoo.com>
DearMYRTLE,
Here is a great site for clothing of all time eras. Not only are they depictions BUT she actually makes the patterns herself. Spent the longest time just 'wandering' from one clothing design to another. <http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/patterns/index.html>

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