I live in Tucson, AZ, which is very far away from my area of interest...mostly Carroll County, IL. I've been working on my family history only since 2009. I picked it up where my late brother left off. He started it ages ago when there were no computers to rely on. Everyone he found was through old family records, interviews, libraries, and cemeteries. He would buy headstones for family members who were buried in Potter's fields or who had only a rudimentary marker. The surnames I'm most closely associated with are White, Woodruff, Rahn, and Miller, all in Illinois but in various counties: Schuyler, Knox, Carroll. My info on the Whites and Woodruffs is sketchy, so I'd really like to find more about them, starting with their graves. My Dad passed away when I was 12 years old, so I never got to ask the questions about his family that have arisen since I began working on genealogy.
I am not in a position, unfortunately, to be able to be a photo volunteer--at least not yet--but my gratitude for these selfless folks is immeasurable. You perform such an invaluable service for this site and your hard work is much appreciated.
***I would also like to thank the caring people who post flowers on my family's memorials. It brings tears to my eyes when I find that someone has visited a member of my family on their birthday or angel day...or anytime. It is so touching and always tugs at my heart strings when I come across these tokens. If I can't thank each of you individually, I at least want you to know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness.***
4/16/2015: Today is a very sad day for my son and his girlfriend who lost their precious, beautiful Maeve. She had a wonderful life and was loved very much. She was very special. I fell in love with her the moment I met her.
My thanks to D. Frederick Birely on this site for teaching me how to link family members on my bio page!
Alice Jane Ward Eastabrooks Alice Jane Ward Eastabrooks born August 1846 in Waybridge, Addison County, Vermont to William D Ward and his wife Mary L. Wadleigh. Lived in 1920 Sheridan, Wy and 1930 Newcastle, Weston Co, Wy. Most of her life in Milledgeville, Carroll County, Illinois. A directory in 1935 says she lived in Streator, LaSalle County, Illinois. Had a son that lived in Florida and at end of her life, a Florida Death Index indicates that she died in 1940 in Orange County, Florida. Her Husband is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville, Carroll County, Il but she is not buried there according to a cemetery person who has the records on that cemetery.
Carroll County Expert If you haven't already discovered her, Caralee Aschenbrenner, of Lanark, IL is the expert for connecting anyone to their Carroll County roots. She was associated with the Library, the Museum, and the "Prairie Advocate" newspaper.
There doesn't seem to be any verification that "Pete" is buried in Mountain View. His parents are in a columbarium niche and I believe, his spouse is buried in a local cemetery. If you believe that his remains are with his parents, I will attach a photo of their niche.
RE: Raymond & Leona Schoonhoven You're welcome. I looked at your photo requests and realized that you had one in my county, a cemetery I'd never been to. (I thought I knew all Ogle County cemeteries, but this was a new one on me.) What a well-kept, lovely little cemetery! I have relatives of my own in Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, so next time I'm there, I'll try to get those photos for you.