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Lynn (#47138895)
 member for 7 years, 3 months, 24 days
Sandy Vandertol
RE: William O'Neil
I always look at the informant on the death certificate to see if the info is going to be credible. In this case, it was someone at the hospital who didn't know him like a family member would. If a father is giving info on a child, he usually can name the birthday but not get the year right. A second wife usually won't know the maiden name of her husband's mother, and some families just don't pass a lot of info down the pike to their kids. So I've learned that the only thing you can usually trust on a death certificate is the date of death and you need other sources to find out the truth or to back up all the other lines on the form. I always make sure I add my research findings to my bio because you know there are people who have gotten wrong info passed down in their families and refuse to believe something even when it is in black and white. I tried to get one contributor to link a wife to a man who turned out to be her great grandfather and she refused because no one had ever known he was married before, even though the document proved he had. So Lynn, thanks for writing and considering what I found on William O'Neil to be credible. :)

Added by Sandy Vandertol on Sep 30, 2016 12:01 AM

Patricia Leonberger Hooper
RE: McDonald Cemetery
Lynn, Thank you so much for the location. I will try to locate it next week. Patricia Ann

Added by Patricia Leonberger Hoope... on Sep 27, 2016 7:37 PM

Rebecca Splain
RE: Adding graves of still living people
Thank you for your help! I have fixed up the bio to not include the names of the living. In the bio for Jennifer, which I have just transferred to you, I have listed the names of three grandparents. I manage the pages for Keith and Dolores Valentine. Someone named Mr. Tom manages the page for Carl Raymond Vogler.

Added by Rebecca Splain on Sep 27, 2016 6:21 PM

Patricia Leonberger Hooper
McDonald Cemetery
Do you know the location of the McDonald Cemetery in Calhoun County Illinois? You have memorials there so I thought you would know. Thank You, Patricia

Added by Patricia Leonberger Hoope... on Sep 27, 2016 10:28 AM

Rebecca Splain
Adding graves of still living people
Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your recent help! Tomorrow I plan on visiting Jefferson Barracks where my sister is buried to take a picture of her grave. I now manage her page here on Find A Grave. My parents will be buried with her when they pass. Is it kosher to create a page for a still living relative? I probably wouldn't upload their grave marker yet, since a death date obviously hasn't been chiseled but it would allow me to link to Jennifer and my grandparents, and already have control of their pages. What do you think?

Added by Rebecca Splain on Sep 26, 2016 10:13 PM

Rebecca Splain
RE: Millie Berger
Thank you so much, Lynn. Since this is my first memorial page, I'm learning the ropes. I've just added my maternal grandparents and requested a transfer for my younger sister who passed as a baby. This coming week, I've got time off of work, so I'm going to go visit some cemeteries and take picture of their graves.

All the best!

Added by Rebecca Splain on Sep 25, 2016 10:16 AM

Rebecca Splain
RE: Millie Berger
Thank you so much! I've only used FindaGrave for research up until now, but I've just been transferred Walter Berger's grave so I am working on fixing it up now. All the best!

Added by Rebecca Splain on Sep 24, 2016 11:23 AM

Bev Mundy
William Lindsey
Thanks for catching my dupe. I have removed it.

Best to you,

Added by Bev Mundy on Sep 23, 2016 1:17 PM

jason bricker
Lynn, let me ask you this did Kathleen E. McCain have any children from her marriages? Trying to find family of the McCain family. Josephine had a picture of J.B. vanPreter and family sitting in a old car taken in East Alton. I wanted it for the East Alton book

Added by jason bricker on Sep 21, 2016 12:43 PM

jason bricker
josephine McCain
Lynn do you know what happen to Josephine"s daughter? I think her last name was walling. you can email me at

Added by jason bricker on Sep 20, 2016 8:59 AM

Connie Schoenecker
RE: Charles Black
Thanks for updating the records. Charles Black was married to a Schoenecker cousin.

Added by Connie Schoenecker on Sep 20, 2016 6:57 AM

Richard Knoll
Pearl Ritchey
I just transferred the memorial for Pearl to you. Pearl is not in my family so glad to transfer to someone who is. BE SAFE !!!

Added by Richard Knoll on Sep 18, 2016 11:25 PM

jason bricker
lynn, Upton Smith had a daughter name Julia Ann. She married Ralph Douglas. Julia is buried in Wanda Ceme. She died in 1922. Lynn, are you related to the families you listed? Iam trying to find a picture of Julias husband Ralph Douglas. He was the mayor of East Alton 1907-1909 1913-1915. city of East Alton wants a picture to hang in city hall and iam also doing a history book on East Alton. Money made from book goes to East Alton museum. My email is

Added by jason bricker on Sep 16, 2016 8:31 AM

Barbara Ann
RE: Lynn-could you answer this
Words cannot adequately express my deepest thanks for your help. Lynn, you are a true friend and I thank you for the wonderful information.

Added by Barbara Ann on Sep 12, 2016 8:25 PM

Susan Fudge-Will
RE: Judith Polley
Thank you so much for your help:)

Added by Susan Fudge-Will on Sep 12, 2016 12:01 PM

Barbara Ann
Lynn-could you answer this
Hi Lynn: As you know because I have told you before, I love to read your memorial pages. They bring the person's memory to life and help all who read them to know the person beyond the marker. I would like to improve on my memorials since I am now totally retired. What sources do you use to get your information (other than me now and then-ha!). Thank you Lynn for all you do for find a grave.

Added by Barbara Ann on Sep 10, 2016 12:29 PM

Penny Jackson
Estelle Cotton Rowen Mortz Jackson
You have that her husband Wash died in 1939. He didn't die until 2004. So they must have divorced and she just listed herself as widowed. Seemed to be the thing to do back then to say widowed instead of divorced.

Added by Penny Jackson on Aug 27, 2016 4:18 PM

RE: Larry Clendenny
You did that today? I had those articles and didn't even think to send them to you. Thanks for all your hard work.

Added by Cheryl on Aug 23, 2016 6:36 PM

RE: Larry Clendenny
You're welcome, I was comparing any Clendenny burial in F.A.G. Calhoun county against my family tree and Genealogy Trails where my cousin has been contributing. Trying to sync everything. Insanity at it's finest.
Thanks for updating today.

Added by Cheryl on Aug 23, 2016 6:26 PM

L Moses
Pvt. David Moses
Find a grave memorial 57978815

Hi Lynn,

In the memorial for David you have Jesse Moses listed as his father. This is wrong. Jesse and his wife, Emiline Sarah Putney, were the parents of Orinda and the Uncle and Aunt of David. David's parents were Joseph Moses and Mary Piper of Epsom, NH.

Thanks for all the work you do!

L D Moses

Added by L Moses on Aug 23, 2016 1:10 PM

Penny Jackson
Estelle Cotton Rowen Mortz Jackson
Hi Lynn,
Estelle Find A Grave #44305381, is my Great aunt. She was my grandpa Hernander Cotton's sister. She was born to David Bruce Cotton and Dora Young Cotton.
In 1908 her parents divorced, David had abandoned his wife and children so Dora filed for divorce. In 1909 James Calvin Coggins and Mary Francis "Fannie" Davis Coggins (Hernander and Estelle's great great grand parents through Dora) petitioned the court to adopt the two siblings because Dora had left them with their gggrandparents, taking only their baby brother Oscar with her. There her brother and Estelles name was actually changed to Coggins. Even though when grown Hernander changed it back to Cotton. However on Estelle's marriage license to Wash Rowen it list her as Coggins.
The W C Coggins you found them living with in 1920 was their great uncle and still their gggrandmother. James had died just a couple years prior. Estelle only ever had the one child Henry Hernander Rowen. Estelle and my Grandfather were very close even though they lived far apart. If you could transfer her to me so I can update her story.

Added by Penny Jackson on Aug 03, 2016 11:37 PM

Jim Bohn
Mary Scrogham

Your kind words and encouragement mean so much to me and makes all the efforts that all of the Find A Grave's do worthwhile. Thank you for the updates to Mary's memorial that you provided.


Added by Jim Bohn on Aug 03, 2016 7:43 PM

RE: Phoebe M. Baldwin Kaegi
Yes, that is correct!! I did mis-speak when I said they were brothers!! Opps! I do have both of their families genealogy if you are intersted? Thanks

Added by Gibbens/Gaeta on Aug 01, 2016 8:20 PM

RE: Caroline Brannam Dewey
Thank you for checking,

Added by Scottie6305 on Jul 31, 2016 6:13 PM

Donna Erdie
Kratzer family
Samuel Sr., Samuel and Stella Skora-Kratzer are my uncle his wife and their son, I was wondering if you can transfer their find a grave memorials to me.
Samuel Sr. 100419946
Samuel Jr. 100420048
Stella 100419946

thank you

Added by Donna Erdie on Jul 29, 2016 11:56 AM


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