16 July 2012

Journey to the Past: Skipped Sections?


Although Section U was right next to V, I decided to skip it. For Columbus, it was getting extremely hot. I was feeling fatigued and I had additional sections to visit. Section U had one of those distant cousin's parents. Although I really wanted to get the photo, I felt best to skip it. Sorry Marion George BUSH, someone else will just have to visit you later. 

Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio
Section L

I visited Section L looking for the father of my great-grand father Andrew Nelson SMITH's second wife Marietta Webb SMITH. The couple is buried in Section 35 and I have photos of their stones. However, I wanted to complete Marietta's story with a photo of her English immigrant father William WEBB (1816-1905). I was confused when looking at the map, so I knew I had ANOTHER map to take into the office.

The reasons this bothered me was because I didn't think the staff at Green Lawn would be accommodating with a long list of names to look up. I also really didn't want to pay the $3 per name for the information I sought. Call me cheap, but I didn't. I was confident that they would be happy to help with one or two names. The more names I had, the more irritated they would be with me. HOWEVER, I had tried to make this trip go smoothly by planning ahead. I guess I really should have realized that some section maps had numbers that were nearly impossible to read early on. Additionally, I should have known I would need some significant reference points for section maps, like those found on Section map S. Nevertheless, I would ask them to at least help me read the unreadable maps. And then perhaps help me orient myself with the ones I just didn't understand. Hopefully that wasn't asking to much. We'll see.

I wasn't about to give up hope on Section L, but I would be skipping U. But if I didn't find some family members again soon, I was going to feel very discouraged. So much for the highs of the day before and earlier this morning.


This is another installment in a lengthy multi-series post about the fantastic research trip I took to Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. If you're just joining the this series, you'll be able to see every post under the label Research Trip.

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