US Census Records: The census records were instrumental in researching each cemetery member. The census gives information on where someone lives, who they live with, when they were born/how old they are, their occupation, their neighbors, property value and school attendance. The bulk of my information on each person came directly from the census records.
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 US Census Records. Ancestry.com. (accessed April-May 2011).
Ancestry.com: This website gave me the resources to connect the dots. Often I would find connections or inconsistencies within the census records and amateur historians on the website would help me find the information I needed to proceed. I was able to chart family histories, find relatives, and confirm information I had in order to put together a picture of each person’s life. The website allows you to save information to each person and create multiple family trees which can be saved or uploaded.
Ancestry.com. (accessed April-May 2011).
Fairfax Herald: The newspaper gave insights into everyday life from 1800 to 1950. You can understand the changes in technology, style, and attitudes by looking at the advertisements in the paper. I got a real understanding of how small the Herndon area was through small new stories and even found my cemetery members reported in several stories.
Frying Pan Farm: This book gave excellent insight into the local life of Frying Pan area citizens. The author uses an enormous amount of sources-many of them personal interviews. She gained most of the photos in the book from local residents.
Elizabeth Brown Pryor. Frying Pan Farm. (Fairfax County: Office of Comprehensive Planning, 1979).
Memories of Herndon: Ms. Schneider wrote this memoir about her life growing up in Herndon. It was wonderful for my research because she grew up with many of the families in my cemetery. She even makes a direct character remark about members of Frying Pan Baptist Church which helped add another layer of knowledge about the people buried there.
Lottie Dyer Schneider. Memories of Herndon, Virginia. (1962).
I would like to thank Mary Lipsey for her help with my project. She often pointed me in the right direction in research and was invaluable in helping me read my first microfilm.
I would also like to thank my fellow classmates. Some of the images used in my exhibit come directly from their research.