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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 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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|karen christy meeker||Herbert Orman|
Thanks for adding tombstone picture to his memorial.
|IRISH EYES ARE SMILING||CALVARY CEMETERY|
Thanks for taking the pictures at Calvary Cemetery yesterday~~
Thank you for the great photos for Russell's memorial, I truly appreciate your contribution. Did you see a stone beside him for his wife, Dorothy? If so you can add the memorial for her, I do not know where she might be buried. Cathy W. in MN
Added by cathy w on Aug 26, 2014 6:06 AM
|IRISH EYES ARE SMILING||CALVARY CEMETERY OF OTTUMWA|
Most of the burials in the OLD ORIGINAL SECTION are not in the WPA records and lots of stones are buried. Some of my LANIGAN family are buried there but just found one stone for James Lanigan & Mary Davis Lanigan; brother to my great grandparents John and Mary Burns Lanigan. I would guess that thy are buried near by. Any help would be great. I have walked this section a few times with no luck.
|Catherine Renschler||Newell Stones|
Thank you very much for photographing the stones of Margaret and William Newell in Burns Cemetery. Your help is greatly appreciated.
|Beegee57||John Henry Tharp|
I see that you left a photo of a newspaper article stating that John was killed by his stepson. However, I don't have anywhere in my records that this particular John Tharp was married more than once. It seems that his wife Nancy outlived him. Perhaps this could be another John Tharp that this article is for?
What do you think?
Added by Beegee57 on Aug 23, 2014 2:08 PM
|Sandra Burtness||Calvary Cemetery Photo|
It was a surprise to see the photo of Joseph Elsensohn. Find A Grave didn't notify me. I really appreciate you going there. It was awesome to see this. I know that Find a Grave has been having problems with notifying people of grave requests to photograph. They told me you have to go to the cemetery listing to actually see the requests. I hope this gets fixed soon. I don't get many requests where I live! Thanks again.
|Geniereese||Clifford E. Allen|
Thanks once again for a great photo of a relatives gravestone. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated!
|IRISH EYES ARE SMILING||PICTURES|
Thanks again for the great pictures.
|Gary Bonney||Sammons, Photo|
Thanks for the photo. It is great
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