Friday, August 31

The BIN Presents

Briles Information Network Presents: Our family members who have passed on over the years. Set to the music of Alan Parsons Project.

Thursday, August 30

Cameron & Tosha Briles Star in Superman Returns

A Volunteer for Life...and Death!

Article by R. Trent Briles, Curator of the BIN

What is it about volunteering that brings out the best in people? Spending time helping others out and not getting paid a dime for it. The satisfaction and pleasure one receives is not measurable and has no price tag attached to it. There are many forms of volunteering and I came across one form of it a few years back. I thought it would make a good story to post here on the BIN because it’s all about helping folks and it’s all about our mission to promote genealogy research and the preservation of family history.

Find-A-Grave has been around for a while and though it started out as a web site for the famous people who had passed on it has quickly turned into a valuable research tool for all amateur genealogist. And NO, this is not a paid advertisement for their web site. In fact, they have no clue I’m doing this article about them! Find-A-Grave has million of cemetery records at your disposal, both famous and non-famous folks. People from around the world submit cemetery records, photographs of markers, family history and biographies to their large databases and access is very easy and it’s free.

But what about the volunteering part? What I enjoy most about Find-A-Grave is I volunteer my time and help fill the request for photographs of grave markers within my area here in North Carolina. If you have a family member buried in another state or country, you can simply request a volunteer to locate the gravesite and take photos to which they are uploaded to the Find-A-Grave databases for all to see. Since joining a year ago, I have fulfilled 21 requests for photographs within my area and have posted over 188 memorials. Most of the requests come to you via email and are usually within a 50-mile radius of your zip code.

Find-A-Grave has helped me out in my genealogical research on several occasions and I have given back by volunteering my time to help others who need photographs of grave markers for the family members who have passed on. Whether you are looking for a famous gravesite or looking for a cemetery, check out the Find-A-Grave web site today and volunteer your time by helping out all amateur genealogists today!!!

Paul Thomas Harris Passes

LEXINGTON —Paul Thomas Harris, 69, passed August 29, 2007. Funeral services will be on Friday at 2 p.m. at Community Baptist Church; Rev. Brian Workman and the Rev. Barry Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery. Born in Randolph County on March 27, 1938, to Charlie Thomas and Maude Lambeth Harris. Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Edward Harris. On Dec. 7, 1985, he married the former Lessie Mae Martin who survives of the home. Surviving are a daughter, Susan H. Gallimore of Denton; son, Paul Douglas Harris of Lexington; sisters, Mary Evelyn Darr, Lois Hope Sechrist, and Betty Jean Hughes (Donald), Mildred Florence Cooper (Bobby) all of Thomasville, Jessie Gray Sellers (Bobby) and JoAnn Allred of Asheboro, Linda Carolyn Owen (Dwight) and Helen Jeanette Briles (Lawrence) of Lexington; Brothers, John Lee Harris (Beulah) of Thomasville, Charles Ross Harris (Betty) of Asheboro, and Arthur Harris of Lexington; one grandchild, Susan LeAnne Gallimore; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Paige Towery; stepdaughters, Debbie Ewing (Brian) of Trinity, Shellia Hayworth (Bruce) and Susan Farnsworth of High Point; stepsons, John Turner (Linda) of Cedar Square, and Robert Turner (Scarlette) of the U.S. Army in Iraq; step grandchildren, Anthony Hayworth, Ian Hayworth, Michael Jenkins, Cheyanne Newsome; and step great grandchildren, Lindsay Hayworth, Summer Hayworth, and Jordan Hayworth.-JC Greens

Wednesday, August 29

Michael Trent Briles and the Kayak!

Mike Briles took a kayaking course at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. Mike is making his way up through the ranks as one of the youngest and brightest stars in the world of kayaking.

Wednesday, August 15

Death Notices Around the Nation

The Briles Information Network has begun posting death notices related to the Briles Surname from around the nation. The notices will be posted on the Briles Message Board located on the BIN web site. These notices may or may not be related to anyone stored in the main databases. Death notices that occur within the surrounding counties in NC and can be verified being linked to someone in the databases will still be posted on the main site of the BIN, the BLOG and on the obit page . The BIN will check the web on a daily basis for Death Notices that are related to the Briles Surname.