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John Peters (#47667840)
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Bio Photo The research into our family tree began with my 2nd cousin Oliver (Timmy) Ystesund who was successful at tracing our Norwegian roots back a few hundred years until his death in 2003. Through my research, I was not only able to validate his findings, but have also been able to greatly expand upon his research. The family tree now includes over 8,000 people with literally hundreds of documents, records, and photos. My prized possession out of all of this was the discovery of an 1887 journal written by my Great Grandfather George Robert Harrison's journey from the U.K. to Quebec, Canada that was hidden in an old book. It's been a journey of discovery, of family secrets, of meeting new people through sites like, Family Search, the Finland, Canadian, and Norway National Archives, among many others. As I have gained knowledge of my family tree, I have begun to add unrecorded memorials of my ancestors on this website and have volunteered to assist those who request photos of the headstones of their family members. This site and many others on the internet are invaluable resources not only for individuals looking for information on the history of their family, but simply to locate where their family members are buried. Find a Grave is also a valuable resource for those wishing to create a memorial for their lost loved ones. As I add memorials, I am working to add in information that will assist others in their research into their family roots.
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Ed Metesh
T Saxbury
No record of her husband at this time.
Added by Ed Metesh on Oct 01, 2013 6:06 PM
MN Headstone Hunter
RE: More Beckstrands
If you find any that are your family, just hit the edit tab and enter your member number for a transfer. I'll be out for photos today and on later tonight an tomorrow doing editing and uploads on the site.
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on Sep 15, 2013 10:39 AM
MN Headstone Hunter
More Beckstrands
I've found and more Beckstrands while wandering through cemeteries this summer. Feel free to view them at my profile page under contributions area by last name. Thanks again for the note - whenever I see them, I stop for a moment and wonder if they are someone you are searching for. MHH
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on Sep 15, 2013 7:45 AM
MN Headstone Hunter
RE: Elna Johnson
Just put two Beckstrand on in Acoma Zion cemetery in McLeod county, please check and see if these are related.

I'll check for the correct number on the Johnson's for you and get that to you. Not being family, I don't know if they'd take me seriously, but would be happy to capture the image!

Online tonight...
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on May 04, 2013 6:43 AM
MN Headstone Hunter
Elna Johnson
Take good care of Elna! If I can help with searching in the area, please let me know.
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on May 03, 2013 6:56 PM
RE: Ancil Joseph Ystesund
Ancil was my dad. He was the baby. I never got the chance to meet Uncle Tim. I'm hoping your the John I just ask to be friends on Facebook.
Added by cindy on Apr 22, 2013 11:42 AM
RE: Ancil Joseph Ystesund
Hi John,
Ancil is my dad but I messed up trying to update some info. I think that means we might be related.

Added by cindy on Apr 20, 2013 7:54 PM
Duane St. Mary
RE: Peter Thomforde
I have transfered Peter Thomforde memorial to you. Most likely there are others buried in this cemetery. If you send me a message in late Spring I will check it out. Snow to deep now.
Added by Duane St. Mary on Feb 11, 2013 1:43 PM
MN Headstone Hunter
RE: Ingar and Gustaf
Oh, yes! I was trying to locate Ingar and Gustaf for you, wasn't I? It just seemed odd that there was nothing around in the exact spot except for an Elnar and silly me couldn't read the language, Norwegian or Swede?, on the stone, other than the name. Otherwise, it sure matched the plot and lot. I wonder if Ingar and Gustaf are in a church cemetery in the area.... There just wasn't any indentations in the ground to indicate anything in the area. I didn't see any sign of a flat stone. But, the way Elnar's stone was a little ajar on the base made me wonder if there was another that had been broken.

Gosh, if I can help any more, please let me know. Thanks so much for the update on how Elnar fit into your family - a piece to the puzzle! Such fun! If you'd like me to transfer her account please let me know - be happy to!!

Thank you for such a wonderful present, too.
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on Dec 26, 2012 7:01 PM
MN Headstone Hunter
RE: Ingar and Gustaf
I found just one Johnson stone in the area ( it was rather isolated as if stones were missing) for Elna Johnson, wife of Gustav A. Johnson. I created a memorial for her and added the stone if you'd like to check.

This is an older part of the cemetery - when I was at city hall, the gal mentioned that some stones had sunken into the ground and they don't know until someone inquires. I found the same problem when fulfilling another request in Litchfield, but that stone had a sliver visible right at the sod level. I hope the City can be of more help.
Added by MN Headstone Hunter on Sep 07, 2012 2:56 PM
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