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I live in southeast Iowa, with my paternal roots coming from northern Arkansas and northern Mississippi, and my maternal roots coming from Davis county, Iowa, Lucas county, Iowa and Schuyler county, Missouri. It fascinates me to think that possibly some of my Confederate ancestors on my father's side fought against my mother's Union ancestors during the Civil War. |
It has been said that the study of genealogy is the "handmaiden" to the study of history, and I believe it. I have been interested by history since I was a little boy, and it was only natural for me to get interested in genealogy when I became an adult. When I was growing up, I would often read books about history, especially medieval history. So I was thrilled when I discovered during my research that I am descended from four sons of Edward III, King of England, which in effect links me to most of the royal houses of the Middle Ages. I also found out I descend from two of Daniel Boone's siblings.
I have been researching my family tree for the past 22 years, becoming infected with the genealogy bug after I tried filling out a family tree in a Bible. After realizing that I didn't know that much about my family history, I set out on a hobby that I have been doing ever since, and enjoying every minute of it!
I try to add as much family information and relationship links as possible in the memorials I manage to help others with their family research. If you feel you have more information to add to my memorials, or you feel some of the information is inaccurate, contact me through the "Edit" tab on the memorial. Please do NOT post scanned obituaries and news articles as photos to my memorials as they are against the rules. I will ask that they be removed if I find them. Send me the typed information (including source) via the edit tab and I will add it in the bio field where the information belongs.
I enjoy walking through cemeteries looking for headstones for others when I have free time, especially since so many others have photographed headstones for me in the past. I appreciate their time and effort! When I visit a cemetery, I take photos of all stones that catch my eye, and of course, any that I think might be even distantly connected to me. If I take a volunteer photograph for you, feel free to use it in whatever way you see fit.
I feel Find-A-Grave is important to help remember deceased families and individuals to keep them preserved for future generations. I have also found it to be an excellent tool for genealogical research. Feel free to contact me regarding any of the memorials I manage, since I am related to most of them in one way or another. I would love to compare information and hear from distant relatives, especially anyone who is a descendant of the Reverend Henry Dooley (1799-1856), who is buried in the Dooley cemetery in rural Davis county, Iowa.
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Thanks so much for the photo of Stella Noland tombstone.
Added by Joy on Jan 04, 2017 8:02 AM
|Mary ||Bernard & Mary Jones|
Thank you so much for taking the time to get the gravestone photos at Memorial Lawn.
Added by Mary on Jan 02, 2017 8:52 PM
|Janis Himel||Dale Hartman|
Thanks so much for taking this photo. Appreciate it!
|Karyl Bissell Jorgenson||Thomas & Alta Dial|
|Scrib & Barb Kelly||William Utecht|
Thank you so much for the wonderful photo of the his grave.
Your time and effort to fulfill my request is very much appreciated by our family.
|Beverly Dunn||Ira, Mabel and Terry Thompson|
Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Ottumwa, Wappello Co., IA. Thank you, Vern-O, for fulfilling my photo requests. Your time and dedication is truly appreciated.
Thank you so much for taking the photo of the Harold Reed memorial!
|CryptoGram||RE: Russell Crandall photo|
You're welcomed, Verno-O...almost didn't see Mr Crandall's name there so glad we looked closer!
|pamela west||Dunn stones|
Thank you so much for the photos! Do you mind if I upload to my tree?
Pamela Downes West
|IRISH EYES ARE SMILING||MALEN SELLWOOD STONE|
Thanks for trying but Memorial Lawn is wrong about him not being buried there. He is in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery book as well as a map that they sent to me a long time ago showing exactly where he and his son are buried. My cousin was going to get him a stone and was just wondering if it is there yet.
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