We are indeed very fortunate to have the resources we do. "We" meaning
the genealogists and history buffs that aren't able to travel to WV, and
those that do travel the many miles to be able to further our research
and to help others with theirs.
All the resources you mentioned in the article are among the top three
that I have used for many years. Linda has one of the most comprehensive
web sites I've seen for genealogy research, and I've seen more than a
few! Norma's web site is great, too, and I read the Hur Herald every
morning with my coffee.
The Herald has not only been an asset to my own
research as I've met many cousins I didn't know I had through the
website, but the history, photos, and up to date news keep me in touch
with what is current in the area and has taught me much about what was
current when my kinfolk, long since gone, walked the paths of Calhoun
county. My heartfelt thanks to you, Linda and Norma for all you've done
for the genealogists and historians that can't go home.
The ladies at
the library and the folks at the courthouse have always been so very
helpful. Calhoun county researchers are very fortunate to have all these
I've been doing my family research for over 10 years but it's only been
the last 6, going on 7 years, that I have been able to travel to Calhoun
county and I make the trip several times a year. Most of my family still
live on both sides of the Ohio (and a few are still on the banks of the
We moved to California when I was a small child. I lived there until I
was in my 40s. All my life I yearned to go home. I couldn't have
explained that to you as I was growing up. It was only after I moved to
Tennessee and was able to go home that I began to feel that a part of me
had been returned, and understood that for what it was. The moment we
cross the VA/WV state line, I feel the excitement and the serenity that
going home gives to me.
As I said, I've been doing my own family research for over 10 years.
Since moving closer to home, I've been able to further that and to give
back to those that have helped me over the last 10 years. What started
out as simply a place on the web to store and protect my own family
photos soon became a website dedicated to helping those who aren't able
to get home.
My own web site, "Calhoun, Roane, Braxton & Clay Co., WV
Tombstones" now boast 435 members (many of whom come to the site every
day), 16,972 posts and close to 9,000 tombstone photos from the counties
mentioned in the site name. No, it's not a "conventional" website,
where one simply goes and gathers information that has been posted by
the owner of the site, but rather, is one that allows interactivity
among its members.
I can't tell you the number of folks who have met new
cousins and found information they might not have found for many years,
if at all, because of the interaction allowed. We share so much and have
built relationships we might not have been able to, without the
interaction. It is a 'by invitation only web site' and open to anyone
who has an interest in the documentation of the death of their
We also have a sister site now where the history of the
people and the places is our primary focus. Launched only a couple of
months ago, the 'Calhoun, Roane & Wirt County WV Cousin Connection' has
115 members with new members being added weekly. I hope you will inform
your readers of these sites as well because they are truly a wonderful
resource for Calhoun co. researchers. Anyone desiring an invitation to
these sites can get a sneak preview at
The Tombstone Site
and contact me via the e-mail link there. (or simply contact me at
My heartfelt appreciation to all who have contributed so much to Calhoun
county researchers. I'm proud to be a part of it all.