Side note - I have a great picture of my grandfather (Floyd Jr.) and grandmother standing next to the photo, but because I've been SOOOO lax in scanning in my photos for a digital archive, I can't find it! Grrrrr me.
Moving on. Now I know where this marker is and that my GGfather is mentioned on it. But what if I didn't; could I find out if any family members were on an historical marker? This one was my test.
Spoiler, the answer is yes. And it's opened my eyes to some little known (to me) resources. A search for "historical markers" in Google led me to The Historical Marker database. This is a site loaded with historical markers listed by type, by location; you can search based on title, location, number, etc. It's great. But...my test marker wasn't there. Even when I did the most generic search possible it didn't come up. Still an awesome resource.
Next I tried the Historical Marker Society of America. You can click on a state and county to drill down. Or you can go straight to the site search. I tried this first, because you might as well find out if the easy way works! And it did. All I put in was my great-grandfather's name "Floyd Allen Bash." It took me to the one link for Central Christian Church (and a lot of paid links that I ignored). It referenced the text where my great-grandfather's name (my search term) was listed. Problem was, the link to the marker didn't work. Bummer. BUT I could now do another search for "Central Christian church San Antonio historical marker" and find many links, from photos on Flicker to San Antonio points of interest, that would show me the historical marker I now knew I was looking for.
Not the most direct route - but a great test. I doubt I have many (if any) more relatives whose names appear on historical markers, but now at least I know how to look. There are also all manner of local and regional historical marker websites to search through if you know the area you want to target. By the way, there might be other awesome ways to do this search that I'm not aware of. Please enlighten me if you know!
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