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Vern-O (#47261693)
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Bio Photo 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 20 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. It is my goal to make finding the past easier for whoever comes after me. 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.

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.

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!
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Nina Thomas
Darner photos from Brooks Cemetery
Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo requests for Etta May and John Darner. The photo is wonderful, thank you again, Nina
Added by Nina Thomas on Jul 23, 2014 9:22 AM
Evalene Paxton
Verle Paxton's grave marker
Thank you very much for finding and taking the picture of Verle Paxton's grave marker. I appreciate all of your effort. Keep up the wonderful work.

Evalene Paxton
Added by Evalene Paxton on Jul 23, 2014 7:40 AM
Lisa Kennedy
Hannan sisters at Mount Olivet
Thank you so much for going on to Mount Olivet and taking the photos of the Hannan sisters' headstones. I had been wondering where they were for years, and then a friend mentioned that nuns were usually buried with the other Sisters in their orders. Knowing that, it didn't take me long to figure out which cemetery in Wapello County it was. I appreciate your taking the time to get the photos. Thanks again!
Added by Lisa Kennedy on Jul 22, 2014 9:13 AM
karen ahn
Mary Stewart
Thanks so much for taken the photo of Mary. Appreciate you taken the time to go find it as is a large cemetery.
Added by karen ahn on Jul 19, 2014 5:31 PM
Lobberecht @ Highland
THANKS, Vern, for the clear, readable pic, Bill
Added by WMVAN on Jul 18, 2014 8:41 AM
RE: Henry Rhoades in Ottumwa Cemetery
His wife was Margaret Christine YOOST Rhoades 1868-1969, so that is her. Do appreciate your efforts in trying to find his marker. It is so unfortunate that markers are either missing or misplaced, but fortunate that we have people who are willing to do as you have by searching the area. If you could take an area shot by his wifes memorial we could mark the photo as no headstone.

Again thank you for taking your time to try to find his marker.
Added by Patsy1945 on Jul 17, 2014 6:29 AM
RE: Walter Six Jr. 122269563
Thank you very much. I appreciate your efforts.
Added by Khopper on Jul 14, 2014 7:14 PM
Sandra Burtness
Estes Graves - Memorial Park
That was fast! Thanks for the great photos. I like that you did a memorial for the infant daughter, also.
Added by Sandra Burtness on Jul 14, 2014 8:53 AM
G Peterson
Thank you for adding pieces to my family puzzle.
Added by G Peterson on Jul 13, 2014 11:42 AM
Buzz Piersol
Charlotte Dorman Hawke photo
Vern-O, thanks for the photo of Charlotte Hawke!

- Buzz
Added by Buzz Piersol on Jul 11, 2014 3:00 PM
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