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Bill M (#47205149)
 member for 4 years, 8 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo [Updated: 31 Jul 2014]

GOALS: My goals are to update my family tree and to link as many family members together on Find A Grave as possible.

E-MAILS: Currently working on 06 Apr 2014 & newer. Please don't be offended if I haven't replied. I will get to you eventually. I prefer to work them in the order they were received, with some exceptions.

FIND A GRAVE EDITS: I try to keep up with these but, since no e-mail notification is sent to me automatically, I don't know when Edits have been submitted. Please be patient, I will get to them when I can.

ABOUT ME: We lived in White Lake, Aurora, SD, USA when I was born. I currently live in Eastern Kansas. I have been doing genealogy since about 1995.

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") Western Europe 2%, Finland/Northwest Russia 2%, European Jewish 2% & Ireland < 1%.

LATER MIGRATION: I believe that some of my family were Palatines who emigrated to Ireland and eventually came to America and others were part of the large migration of Germans from Russia (Odessa region on the Black Sea). Much of my family came through the Great Lakes with some going to Canada and most others going to 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.

CURRENTLY WORKING ON: The cemeteries and families who settled in the Parkston, Hutchinson, SD, USA and surrounding areas.

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 a few.

OTHER WEB SITES: I have a U.S. subscription to, and a public family tree on (15,800+ people so far) 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!

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.

EDITS/UPDATES: Please use the "Edit" tab on the memorial rather than post a public message on my Profile page. If you wish to correspond, please utilize my e-mail address on my Profile page.

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.

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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Parkston Cemetery
A BIG Thank you for all the wonderful photo's in
the Parkston Cemetery, Regards Blumokitty
Added by BluMoKitty on Jul 30, 2014 10:38 PM
Suelflow memorial
Many thanks for the photo!
Added by Becky on Jul 17, 2014 1:19 PM
Gary Lee Peters
Thanks for the monument photo.
Added by pomnik on Jul 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Elmer Edwin Bogenhagen
Thanks for the Edits and the Monument Photo's. They look Great.
Added by pomnik on Jul 17, 2014 8:07 AM
Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Marvin Carl Steffen
Hi Bill - Thanks for Marvin's headstone photo and the suggested corrections. They've been made. As a heads-up, there is no cemetery photo on file for Trinity Lutheran. You might take and enter one the next time you go there. Thanks for your fine efforts. Sincerely - Doug Sorensen
Added by Douglas Kirk Sorensen on Jul 17, 2014 1:52 AM
Norm Prince
Bill, I returned the date of birth to match the seven census as to the one date on the stone. Thanks for mentioning the difference.
Added by Norm Prince on Jul 16, 2014 3:12 PM
Thank you for taking the photo of Katherine Leibrich's headstone. I really appreciate it. I also changed the spelling of Katherine's name on her memorial to match her headstone.
Added by PENNY on Jul 14, 2014 7:19 AM
Peter Hein
Thank you vey much for taking the time to volunteer for Find a Grave and for taking this photo for me.

Much appreciated,
Added by NY2SB1973 on Jul 13, 2014 11:18 PM
Robert Westendorf
I took the headstone photo for Robert Westendorf. It is a "joint" headstone with Lorraine but I didn't find a memorial for her. You can contact me at if you would like the "zoomed" picture I have of her side of the grave. Also, the cemetery provides a map of their cemetery and a plot map. I can also send you these if you'd like.
Added by jcaacs77 on Jun 18, 2014 3:07 PM
Karen Canfield
Photo Request/Pietrusky
Hi Bill, I was out at Grace hill Cemetery in Perry. I took lots of pics and started getting hot. I run out of time. I will be back in area again and will give it one more try.
Karen Canfield
Added by Karen Canfield on Apr 23, 2014 4:11 PM
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