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Bill M (#47205149)
 member for 6 years, 17 days
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E-MAILS: {Includes personal & automated Find A Grave e-mails; Edits, Suggestions, etc.} Currently working on 01 Dec 2014 & newer. Please don't be offended if I haven't replied yet, I will get to yours when time allows. I prefer to work them in the order they were received, with some exceptions.

CEMETERIES: As I walk cemeteries, I am taken by the serenity of the cemetery itself as well as the beauty of the tombstones and often the love, respect and honor shown to those who have passed on. It is truly inspiring.

CONTACT OR CORRESPOND WITH ME: Please do not leave public messages on my Profile page if you have personal information to share or wish to request updates. If you would like to correspond with me, please utilize my e-mail address on my Profile page. Be sure to include information regarding the person about whom you wish to correspond, (Memorial Number, URL for the Memorial {preferred method}, etc.)

EDITS/UPDATES: Please use the "Edit" tab on the Memorial rather than post a public message on my Profile page. Regarding Edits; I try to keep up with these but, since no automated e-mail is sent to me, I have no way of knowing when Edits have been submitted. Please be patient, I will get to them when I can.

TRANSFERS: If you would like a Find A Grave Memorial which I manage transferred to you, please let me know by clicking on the "Edit" button and then "Suggest any other correction or addition" for that Memorial and provide your relationship to that individual. If the person is in my tree and not a direct blood relative of yours, I prefer to retain management of the Memorial as it makes it easier for me to make updates and link family members.

ABOUT ME: We lived in White Lake, Aurora, SD, USA when I was born. I currently live in Eastern Kansas. I have been active in genealogy since about 1995. I am a BIG Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC Fan! I enjoy going to cemeteries to take photos of tombstones whenever I can. Each year I take a trip to do just that. I also will visit local cemeteries when time allows.

DNA: According to the DNA test I purchased through, my lineage is (as of this writing),
100% European:

59% Great Britain
15% Italy/Greece
12% Eastern Europe
7% Scandinavian
(Plus "Trace Regions")
2% Western Europe
2% Finland/Northwest Russia
2% European Jewish
< 1% Ireland

LATER MIGRATION: Many members of my family were part of the large migration of Germans from Russia (Odessa region on the Black Sea). Some of my family settled in WI, USA (many in Dane County, WI, USA) and then on to SD, USA, most of them settled in or near the Parkston, Hutchinson, SD, USA area.

BLOOD LINES IN MY TREE INCLUDE: Aeiler/Ayler/Eiler, Badré/Badri, Becker, Beilstein, Bourg, Buckholtz, Cremans, Daescher, Dorsfeidts, Endres, Esser, Fischer, Geraths, Gerten, Guelden, Hambloch, Hartmann, Hensel, Hohn, Jung, Kannengiesser, Klein, Koltes, Koth, Kurtenbach, Lachmund, Leder, Leischner, Leoln, Liesch, Linnartz, Lkirchen, Luy, Mick/Mück/Mük, Mueller, Nitska, Pauli, Riethmuller, Scheiffart, Schieder, Schieffers, Schumacher, Sidon, Stockhausen, Weiland, Welters, Wermers, Wiedenfeld, Wirtz & Villmow to name only a few.

GOALS: My goals are to update my family tree and to link as many family members together on Find A Grave as possible, ensuring that, to the best of my knowledge, the information provided is accurate and complete. I will also do my best to fulfill photo requests whenever I am able. I do travel to several other states so I may be able to take photos outside of my local area but, only as my travels allow.

PHOTOS: Please feel free to use the photos I have taken & uploaded! They are for the families of the departed. If you upload a photo to any of the Memorials I manage that contains any information missing from the Memorial, please let me know via the "Edit" button on that Memorial so that I may update the information.

OTHER WEB SITES: I have a U.S. subscription to, and a public family tree on and also occasionally upload my tree to RootsWeb. By the way, RootsWeb gives you the ability to see your family in Ahnentafel format which is visually much easier to read and see how your family is connected!

A BIG "Thank You!" to all those willing Find A Grave volunteer members for working with me to accomplish our goals, and happy hunting!

Bill M
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Cemetery Scavenger :)
Re: Gackle request
Hello there,
I was able to fulfill your photo request today for a Daniel Gackle in Kulm. I took pictures of any other Gackle grave I saw in that cemetery (LOTS of them), and have photos of the following individuals who currently DON'T have grave photos on their pages:

Gackle, Barbara B 154069852
b. 1912 d. 1998
Gackle, Dean 106865346
b. Jul. 12, 1943 d. Feb. 25, 2004
Gackle, Ervin 122138359
b. Sep. 12, 1912 d. Nov. 30, 1976
Gackle, Henry G 154069829
b. 1909 d. 1989
Gackle, Linda Kalmbach 106865352
b. Dec. 12, 1947 d. Jun. 3, 2004
Gackle, Martha 106865245
b. Jan., 1897 d. Mar. 5, 1973
Gackle, Nora Brost 100886952
b. unknown d. Dec. 16, 1995
Gackle, Robert O. 106865275
b. Mar. 26, 1925 d. Jan. 1, 2005
Gackle, Roy D 106865317
b. Sep. 5, 1926 d. Jul. 23, 1982
Gackle, Ruby Miranda Mogck 117678634
b. Jul. 19, 1914 d. Sep. 22, 2013

I had to add Barbara and Henry Gackle as they were not listed in that cemetery, as well as "John J." who shares a stone with Nora but didn't have a page. I also have a photo of a military grave for a "James Gackle" who died in 2008 and I didn't even find a page for him. I need to search alittle more because I think he's probably in FindaGrave somewhere.

Anyways, if you are interested in photos of any/all of these individuals, please put in the photo requests and I would be delighted to upload them too!
Added by Cemetery Scavenger :) on Oct 21, 2015 7:08 PM
Cynthia Dawn Higgins Page
Georgina Garvis
I visited the find a grave memorial and saw your notation regarding the maiden name of Georgina Garvis, and according to Ancestry, your hunch was correct about her maiden name being Richer. Her Father was Israel Richer born 13 May 1859 in Kankakee, in Kankakee County, Illinois; died 13 Feb 1930 in Vermillion, Union County, South Dakota.
Added by Cynthia Dawn Higgins Page on Aug 07, 2015 12:21 PM
Shirley Bradley
Photo Requests - Scobee
Hi Bill - thank you for the excellent photo for Lula Scobee. Also thank you for your extra work in adding the wide-angle shot of members of her family.
Shirley Bradley
Added by Shirley Bradley on Jun 19, 2015 3:52 PM
Katherine Healy
photo for Mary King Tull
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my photo request. I truly appreciate your dedication in helping myself and others to put the family "puzzle" together.
Kathy Healy
Added by Katherine Healy on Jun 17, 2015 7:29 PM
Dan Shane
Leta Atwell photo
Thanks for taking the pix for me.
Added by Dan Shane on Jun 17, 2015 7:12 PM
Hill - Green Lawn
Leroy Hill has the only headstone on this family lot.
Added by Patty on Jun 17, 2015 1:10 PM
thank you!
Sincere thanks, Bill for the photograph. Nellie was beloved little sister of my grandfather. I am so happy to have 'found' her and see this tribute.
Added by ellen on Jun 17, 2015 7:40 AM
Cherokee Rose~1
George & Sarah Hayward
Thank you ever so much for your time and help with my tombstone photo request. Your time and contributions to Findagrave are really appreciated by those of use unable to travel that far. Thanks again.
Added by Cherokee Rose~1 on Jun 17, 2015 6:30 AM
Deborah Hufford
Irva Clark
Thank you for finding the stone! It was such a joy to get the message on the computer this morning! Bless you! Deborah
Added by Deborah Hufford on Jun 17, 2015 5:42 AM
Blytha & Donald Ellis
James Gilmer
Thank you so much for the photo of James Gilmer's tombstone! It is very appreciated!
Added by Blytha & Donald Ellis on Jun 16, 2015 12:02 PM
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