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Sharon Welch (#47009998)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo Hello To All...Finding our ancestors has become a passion in our lives and we truely enjoy it. It all started a few yrs ago when my husband and I realized we hardly knew anything about our family history. We were soon on a conquest....

We also soon found out how important it is to have people out there who can help us find our families stones that we ourselves are unable to go visit and see. Thank all of you for what you do! Becoming a photo voluteer is our way of helping others as much as they have helped us.
My husband and I, along with our beloved little dog Sassy, truely enjoy galavanting around the countrysides visiting cemeteries and finding stones of our loved ones and adding to this wonderful site.

We try and do the best we can to fullfill all and any photo requests for Mahaska County, Iowa and have a great time doing it! At the same time we have tried to make sure that there are pictures and maps of all listed cemeteries for Mahaska County along with others we visit in other counties. We have recently relocated to the Marion County area so visiting the cemeteries in the new county will be our mission.

Our closest immediate family lines are Welch, Knupp, Knedler, Barnett, Rains, Saylor, Eakins, Brown, DeWitt and Ellis. We do most of our exploring in Southeastern Iowa and Northern Missouri.

We do add "non" family names from time to time that have not already been posted, so that people can more easily find their relatives.
I am more than willing to add any personal info or link relatives for these memorials if they are not your "DIRECT" relative within the 4 generations per the find a grave guidelines. I firmly believe in following the rules set by find a grave (due to some very unpleasant prior circumstances in the past)so I do my best to comply to them for transferring memorials.
So...duplicating an entry to add your own information or adding biographical information in the flower sections (which is a no-no!) will not be necessary.
Please see the Find A Grave guidelines for this type of activity!!!

I have found that requesting to manage a memorial is "NOT" the important issue here in Find A Grave....its getting information put on our family memorials that is important!

If you want multiple monuments photographed, please take the time to request a photo for each person rather than attach a message to one request asking for multiple photos or "everyone else in that cemetery with the same surname." Its easier "not to miss" names by printing a list and saves on gas by not having to go back because you missed someone!

I also give permission for any of my pictures to be used for geneology purposes. Not for recreating and duplicating memorials.
Good Luck To All Of You!
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A Butterfly
Nellie Ettleman
Thank you ever so much for the lovely photo of her marker! The family is most appreciative!
Added by A Butterfly on Sep 22, 2015 10:53 AM
Danielle Goddard
Issa Benigar Hawkins
I'd love any info on Issa's line. Her daughter Lucy married George Hoover. They had two daughters. Their daughter Melva married Henry Welch. They had 3 daughters. Their daughter Virgina Louise Welch married James Alfred Black. Louise and James' daughter Dorena is my mother.
Added by Danielle Goddard on Jul 27, 2015 9:57 AM
Kent Kooi
Harry Awtry Photo
Hi Sharon,

Thanks to you and your "crew" for the photos of his headstone. I appreciate your time and efforts.

Added by Kent Kooi on Jun 27, 2015 7:00 PM
Sandra Shaw Branz
David & Mary Fiedler
A belated thank you for the headstone photos of my husband's cousins. How interesting they had a private cemetery. I was able to add another generation to their family tree using the memorial. Again many thanks, Sandi Branz
Added by Sandra Shaw Branz on Jun 16, 2015 5:19 PM
Shannon Agee
Cornelia VanderWilt photo
Thank you so much for the photo, it is an impressive stone. Such a wonderful thing to have kind people like you to get these photos for us!
Added by Shannon Agee on Jun 08, 2015 9:16 AM
Allison (Barnes) Gibbons
Peter Loy
Thank you so much for taking the wonderful photos of my relative's grave. I greatly appreciate the time you took to do this. Thanks again,

Added by Allison (Barnes) Gibbons on Jun 07, 2015 10:20 AM
Jan A
RE: George Knupp
Sharon, I can't recall off hand but when I go back to do the next round of photos I will try to remember to check closer. However, don't always believe what is on the stone, I have seen many mistakes on stones BY family. Glad I could be of help...................Jan
Added by Jan A on Apr 05, 2015 6:44 PM
Hi Sharon: I have sent you some edits on the George Winchell Longaker family. It all comes from official birth, death & marriage records, plus census.

If you are family, I have found some others in other cemeteries which need to be linked, but I need to solve a mystery about one of his daughters. Are you familiar with the entire family?
~Shirleen (history4sure)
Added by history4sure on Mar 24, 2015 7:06 PM
Carol Lynn White
RE: William Moore
I read the note about their son on his memorial page.
Could you add that in most of the census and directory records, he used the name Clifford J.

Thank you for all the editing, I appreciate it.

Carol Lynn
Added by Carol Lynn White on Nov 25, 2014 3:38 AM
Pat Kiser
Hazel Bonnett #42559348
Pringle cemetery Mahaska co IA. I put an obituary on her memorial, if you want to type it in I will delete what I put on.
Added by Pat Kiser on Nov 18, 2014 9:40 PM
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