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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 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.

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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Tom Pottenger
Mary Lillus (Reinier) Gallespie in Memorial Lawn
Thanks so much for letting me know what you learned. We've found out she's actually in Shaul, and we're working on getting the duplicate removed. Thanks again!
Added by Tom Pottenger on Apr 28, 2016 7:10 AM
Tom Pottenger
RE: Hazel E. (Gallespie) Deiters in Memorial Lawn
Man, you're on top of it aren't you. I have contacted some in the family from Iowa who has more famil history records and asked about Mary Lillus Gallespie - I'll look for her response.

Thanks again.
Added by Tom Pottenger on Apr 26, 2016 12:55 PM
Thank you for your time to find, photograph and post photos of their markers.
Added by AnitaKilburnPowers on Apr 26, 2016 8:47 AM
Tom Pottenger
Hazel E. (Gallespie) Deiters in Memorial Lawn
Thanks so muchn for your efforts, and what you've done to aid me with the family tree. Thanks a million.
Added by Tom Pottenger on Apr 26, 2016 7:59 AM
Richard Soash
Thanks for the photo of Lora Bird's grave. It is much appreciated.

Richard Soash
Added by Richard Soash on Apr 26, 2016 5:24 AM
Angela Kinner
RE: Homer DeFrates photo
It makes me so happy to know that I have helped you! I only wish I could have helped everyone with their Block 21 requests, but so many of the stones are missing.

Glad to have been of service!
Added by Angela Kinner on Apr 20, 2016 4:38 PM
Jackie L. Wolfe
for C. Harrington
Thank You very Much. jackie
Added by Jackie L. Wolfe on Apr 12, 2016 8:08 PM
Ralph Brown
Koett Grave Markers
Thank you so much for your photos of the Koett grave markers in Ottumwa.
Added by Ralph Brown on Apr 12, 2016 6:53 AM
Karyl Jorgenson
Bertha Bissell
Thanks very much Vern-O!
Added by Karyl Jorgenson on Apr 06, 2016 9:41 AM
Mottet's of Calvary Cemetery in Wapello
Thanks so much for adding grave marker photos to their memorials, they look great!
Added by Fawn on Apr 06, 2016 7:29 AM
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