Credit Where Credit is Due

Our motto here at GeneaBlogie is “Learn, Share, En joy, Appreciate!” To which we often add, “Express Gratitude!”  Today, I am grateful for the following:

In early February, I went on the site Find-A-Grave.com to update some family grave postings there.  While I was there, I thought it would be nice to add photographs of two gravesites in particular:  those of my great-grandparents, Otis Manson and Betty Sanford Manson.  I knew both were buried in Fairview Cemetery in Midland, Texas.  The only problem was that I didn’t have any such photographs.

Find-A-Grave has a feature that allows users to request a photograph be taken by a volunteer near the cemetery which contains the particular grave. Likewise, users can make known their availability and willingness to take photographs. As we used to say when I was in the credit union business, it’s “people helping people.”

I requested a photograph of the graves of Otis and Betty.   Yesterday, I was thrilled to find a message from Find-A-Grave that there was a photograph for me!   At the page for Otis Manson, I found that someone had posted this photo:

Gravesite of Otis Manson and Betty Sanford Manson, Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas

Gravesite of Otis Manson and Betty Sanford Manson, Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas

The same photo was posted on Betty’s page.   The photographer and poster was identified by the Find-A-Grave pseudonym, Knightchow.   This is the inveterate Find-A-Grave contributor and occasional GeneaBlogie reader named “Michelle.”  I immediately went to her Find-A-Grave profile page and left her a message thanking her for this kindness. Then I conitnued surfing through Find-A-Grave.   I came to the page for one Ed Featherstone, and (“Saints preserve us!”), there was this picture:

Grave of Ed Featherstone, Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas.  He apparently was born in 1911, not 1920 as the headstone says.

Grave of Ed Featherstone, Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas. He apparently was born in 1911, not 1920 as the headstone says.

Posted by the self-same Knightchow!  Indeed, she had created the entire page back in 2007, and somehow I had never come across it.   Ed Featherstone was married to Myrtle Serrita Manson (1906-1987), daughter of Otis and Betty.

I wrote her again to thank her for this photo.  I asked her to transfer the page to my ownership, which she did cheerfully and almost instantly.

This experience was just great!  So today we recognize Michelle with the first-ever Geneablogie “Gibraltar Award.”

Thank You!

Thank You!

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Craig

5 Responses to “Credit Where Credit is Due”

  • Michelle aka Knightchow says:

    Craig,
    Thanks for this! I just googled “knightchow” and found this.
    I appreciate it so much! Glad to have helped you. I haven’t ran across the other Manson you are searching for :(

  • Aptly named and well-deserved award.

    Michelle was a chip off the original rock. Find A Grave. Find A Grave is a wonderful site and so are their contributors.

    Thank you for acknowledging their work.

    -fM

  • Greta Koehl says:

    The people who contribute to Findagrave are so nice. And I love your new award – that’s a great idea!

  • taneya says:

    i love FindAGrave too for this same reason. you never know when you’ll find someone you’re looking for.

  • Craig, great news! I’ve been a fan of Find A Grave for 8 1/2 years and I continue to be amazed at the growth of the site and the kindness of strangers. Congratulations to Michelle.


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