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About Me

Hello and Welcome to the Southern Graves blog! My name is Stephanie Lincecum, and I am the author. My vision for this blog, as well as my main website is to share with you my experiences in researching the history of, appreciating the art found in, photographing, and preserving cemeteries of the southern United States. To get a good, but quick overview of who I am please visit my about me profile. Come back here to learn a bit more about my level of commitment to this project.

For what seems like quite a long time, I have considered my passion for cemeteries to be a hobby. And to much degree, it still is. I do not get paid to blog or build websites. It is a labor of love.

Recently I decided I wanted to increase my level of knowledge in this chosen niche subject of the research of cemeteries in the southern United States. Essentially, I have made the commitment to further my education. I plan to absorb as much as I can in the subject of cemetery research, of course, and also genealogy, history, and writing in general.

As I complete such classes, join societies, attend conferences, seminars, webinars, lectures, and the like, I will post my progress here. I hope you will take my effort as a sign that I am serious and "know of what I write" when reading articles on this blog.

I am now enrolled at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  Completed courses include Methodology Pt 1, US: Land Records, Methodology Pt 2, US: Vital Records, US: Religious Records, Research from Family History Centers to New FamilySearch, and US: Census Records.

Memberships:
- Association of Gravestone Studies
- Association of Graveyard Rabbits
- FindAGrave
- Georgia Genealogical Society
- Georgia Historical Society
- Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation
- History Channel Club
- National Genealogical Society
- National Trust for Historic Preservation

Conferences:
- 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo

Specific Classes, Lectures, Webinars, etc,...:
- Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy by Bernie Gracy @ the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Building a Family From Circumstantial Evidence by Judy G. Russell
- Building a Research Toolbox by Thomas MacEntee, 6 April 2011
- Campaigns Forgotten: American Wars after the American Revolution & before the Civil War by Robert S. Davis @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Cemetery Art (Tombstone Iconography) by Ellen Miller of Midwest Genealogy Center
- Cemetery Records by Kory Meyerink @ the 2007 BYU Computerized Family History & Genealogy Conference
- Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG from the APG Professional Management Conference
- Cloud Computing: What it is & How it Has Been Used by Brian Pugh @ the 2011 RootsTech Conference
- Digital Photography for the Family Historian by Tom Underhill @ the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage by Berry Ewell @ the 2011 RootsTech Conference
- Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink @ the 2012 RootsTech Conference
- First Steps: Using Death Records @ Family Tree University
- GenealogyBank.com by Thomas Jay Kemp
- Georgia Land Records by Arlene Eakle @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Georgia Research: the Basics by Robert S. Davis @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Helping Unlock the World's Records -- An Insider's Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing by Jim Ericson, Product Marketing Manager, FamilySearch.org, 6 October 2010
- Historical Research Methodology by Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF @ the 2012 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
- Inferential Genealogy with Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
- Juicy Family History: 25 Ways to Write Compelling True Stories by author M. Bridget Cook @ the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Local Logic - Using Local & County Histories by Ann Mohr Osisek @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Many Facets of the National Archives Websites by Kerry Bartels @ the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
- Obituaries: Clues to Look For. Tips for making sure you get the full benefit from an obituary notice. by Thomas Jay Kemp
- Personal Archiving & Primary Documents by Brewster Kahle @ the 2011 RootsTech Conference
- Plan Your Way to Research Success by Marian Pierre-Louis
- Power of PDF (The): Tools for Every Genealogist by Josh Taylor @ the 2011 RootsTech Conference
- Researching in Atlanta, the Gate City of the South by Robert S. Davis @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Sections, Ranges, & Townships by Roberta King, July 2011
- Social Media Q & A @ the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Special Sources for Confederate Research in the National Archives & Records Administration by Robert S. Davis @ the 2011 Atlanta Family History Expo
- U.S. Vital Records Overview by David Dilts @ the 2010 Atlanta Family History Expo
- Virtual Presentations Roundtable Moderated by Thomas MacEntee @ the 2011 RootsTech Conference

Short(er) Videos on Various Topics:
- Becoming a Genealogist (Interview with Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS) by the National Genealogical Society
- Approaching the Truth (Interview with Thomas W. Jones, pHD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA) by the National Genealogical Society
- Empathy and the Analytical Process (Interview with Thomas W. Jones, pHD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA) by the National Genealogical Society
- Genealogy is History, Up Close and Personal (Interview with Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA) by the National Genealogical Society
- How Geology Made Me a Better Genealogist (Interview with Willis H. White, CG) by the National Genealogical Society
- Study Your Ancestors Community by Angela Walton via Roots Television

In the interest of full disclosure, I will also state here that there are affiliate links on this blog. I'm sure you can spot them easily. The way they work is if you click on one of these links and end up making a purchase at the advertised location, I get a small (very small) commission. I do not use tricks or other tactics to try to get readers to make a purchase, nor do I underestimate my readers. You are of your own mind, and I am quite sure you are capable of deciding whether or not something you see will benefit or enrich you in any way. That being said, I sincerely thank you for any purchase made that sends a small commission my way. It goes directly to the upkeep of this blog, my research projects, and furthering my education.
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