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Sharon Welch (#47009998)
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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 about a 6 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 visitin 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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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
Wilford Hull
Thank you very much for taking the picture of Wilford's grave marker
Added by HBE on Jan 29, 2015 10:29 AM
Lucille Barnes Swank
Ruth Glasford
Sharon, Thank you so much for adding the obit for Ruth Glasford. I may find more to submit. Lucille Swank
Added by Lucille Barnes Swank on Jan 17, 2015 12:11 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
Lady in Red
RE: Charles and Clara Ellis
I am thinking that maybe he remarried and was actually buried with his second wife. Or there may not have been anyone to pay for the death date inscription when he died. If I do come across an obituary for him, I will add it to his memorial. Glad I could be of service.
Added by Lady in Red on Jun 04, 2014 2:33 PM
RE: Dean Rains
no I did not see another Rains nearby. If you search for the Monterey City Cemetery online...they have a website and have uploaded photos of most of the memorials located in the ground (not the columbariums though) might want to call them..very helpful folks.
Added by Montereygenealogist on Apr 02, 2014 1:08 PM
Jenae Hedman
Joseph Olson
You recently posted a photo of a stone for Joseph Olson, but it looks like there were more names on this stone, did you take photos of them also? I am thinking this is the mother and one brother I have been looking for. Names are:

Gustafa (or Gustava) Olson - Mother
Martin J Olson - Son and brother of Joseph.

If you have them also, I'd love to know. There is a memorial for Martin, but not for the mother and I'm actually hoping the father is there also. I'd appreciate any information you can give about this site and stone.

Jenae Hedman
Added by Jenae Hedman on Mar 31, 2014 10:28 AM
Suzanne Andrews
Crippen, Basil
I have taken a picture of the headstone for B. Crippen. I also found that there are three other names with his gravesite. There is a Gene Mealey buried their and two markers. The names on the markers are Litita Houser Qulliam (spelling??), and Clyde Gene Houser. The cemetery office has no record of the Litita or Clyde. Therefore we can only assume a family member may have placed the markers but it is unknown if they are actually buried there. I have made memorials for them all. If you would like me to transfer them to you, I will be happy to do so.
Added by Suzanne Andrews on Mar 20, 2014 10:27 AM
Leah wiebe
RE: Effie Hammer
Mandi Hammer is darrans mother. Sean Hammers Daughter.
Added by Leah wiebe on Jan 23, 2014 12:41 PM
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