I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the US Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30-plus years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.
I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.
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Bjornstad Family ties? Hello, My name is Astrid Fry Hussey, Ph.D.. My father's mother was Alice Sigrid Bjornstad b. 1889 in MN. Her father was Julius Bjornstad born 1841 in Norway. Her brother was Brig General Alfred William "Wild Bill" Bjornstad. I wonder if you have ever been able to trace any connection between our Minnesota line of Bjornstads to your line? It is my understanding that the Bjornstad name was a "Farm Affiliation" name. Those with the name could be related because they all worked the same farm community. I would love to see the Bjornstad book to which you referred in your bio. Perhaps there would be some clues for me there. Cheers!
"Cap" Townsend Thank you for the memorial for our Great Grandfather "Cap" Townsend. Your memorial page for our great-grandfather was our first experience with Find A Grave, we were so tickled to meet someone who actually knew him as a child. Thank you for sharing your memories, and for sparking our excitement for the Find A Grave cause. For over a year now, we have been updating and linking memorials to memorials of other family members. We have also been able to link orphaned infant graves memorials with their parents memorials. Thank you for being a wonderful caretaker, and for all your work with FindAGrave, with heartfelt gratitude and respect, Bobbi
General William Smith Did those administration fools deny General Smith? I don't know what they have against military figures. Four of my military figures from last year which were originally famous were overturned to non-famous. I don't know why they have a military figure section if all they are looking for is Medal of Honor recipients.
Martha Jane Canary She is on the 1860 census records with her parents in Missouri. Her parents are Robert Wilson Canary and Charlotte M.Burge they were married in 1855 in Polk County, Iowa. I believe her birthdate is off by four years. Martha's uncle James Thorton Canary married Delilah White. Their son William Emory Canary married Martha Evans daughter of Ratliff Evans and Melissa Jane Voiles. Robert Wilson Canary marriage is in the Iowa marriage. He is listed as R. W. Canary on the 1860 census in Missouri. I don't think Martha Jane Canary knew her birthdate.