People sometimes ask me how long I’ve been doing genealogy. I often reply with “I’ve always been interested.” It’s true — I’ve had an interest in my family’s history for about as long as I can remember. I was so lucky to have been able to spend time with my grandma Johnson. She was the Keeper of Stories and Labeler of Family Photographs. She even wrote her memoirs. (Yes, my Grandma wrote her life story.) So I come by this “genealogy thing” pretty honestly.
We also used to take drives. Lots of drives. It wouldn’t be unusual for us to end up at some family-related location, like a cemetery. (Ever have a tailgate picnic in a cemetery? I have…. and I thought it was normal!)
But I didn’t realize quite how young I started in genealogy until I found this photo.
This was taken at Locust Grove Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio, where Grandpa’s parents (Linton and Margaret (Kingery) Johnson) and grandparents (Eber and Ann (Stephens) Johnson) are buried. This was probably Memorial Day weekend.
That’s my grandma Adah (Young) Johnson in the blue dress, my mom in the white dress, my grandpa Stanley Johnson… and 4-year-old me.
I started young with my genealogy.
I am a registered genealogist and have been in business for 38 years. I’ve traveled throughout Ohio and found several unusual graves. In Marion city cemetery is buried a gypsy queen. Also, in Bedford city cemetery is a wealthy qypsy queen. Her maily took over downtown Canton with her funeral and wake. (Which was enough to wake the dead). She is buried on a blanket of gold coins presently estimated to be worth in excess of a million dollars ! Her grave is right up in the first row. Friends and I have given much thought to extricating the gold coins over the years.
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