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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 21 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.
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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|William Croghan||Manro Family Pics|
thanks so much for the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
|Book Lady||Willie Ryals Memorial|
Thanks you so much for the new info for this memorial. It is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for filling my photo requests!
Much appreciation and best wishes,
|Bob Orr||Memorial Lawn Cem.|
Vern-0 - Thanks for the tombstone photo of Joseph Norman Pearson.
Added by Bob Orr on Apr 11, 2015 5:26 AM
|D.E. Losey||Donald Hampton Losey|
Thank you so very much for your time spent in taking and posting the photo of Donald Losey headstone for me. It is greatly appreciated.
|Kari Olson||Jessie Goudy photo|
thanks so much!!
|Juanita Chrz||Lenora & Owen Potts|
Thank you the wonderful picture of their headstone. Juanita Chrz
|Sandra Burtness||Eldon Cemetery|
Thanks for the Seitz gravestone photos. You must have taken a short road trip! I have a lot of relatives buried in Leando and other Van Buren County cemeteries. My grandpa liked to go to Eldon.
Thank you so much for the headstone photo on Charles Moore. It means a lot to our family!
Added by Kara on Apr 07, 2015 5:38 AM
|Cindy Elschide||Hester Brooks|
Thank you for taking and posting a photo of her stone. I loved reading your bio too. It is nice to find someone as interested in genealogy as I am.
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