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BobH (#47539390)
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I found this great site a few years ago while researching family and decided to start adding local graves. Most entries are for Illinois cemeteries; mainly Bluff City in Elgin, but other cemeteries, too. If I have added a duplicate memorial, please let me know.

Most entries for deaths prior to 1995 are from grave photos. I am working to get all the photos uploaded, but this is a slow process (probably years). If there is not a photo on the memorial you are interested in, please ask (via edit/suggest a correction), and if I have a photo of that grave I will expedite the upload. Many memorials from 1995 and later are obituary based and there is a higher chance that I do not have a photo. A warning: my photography leaves something to be desired at times; if you have a better photo, please add it.

I do not generally include obituaries, but will add an appropriate synopsis; without the names of living persons. Please see the Find A Grave policies regarding this.

I am happy to add family link and extra information into memorials. I will generally attempt to confirm the information first, though.

If you would like a transfer, please request it through the Edit-Suggest a correction tab.

I take all the photos that I upload to the site. Pictures may be copied for personal, non-commercial purposes (including adding to, if desired); a small credit would be appreciated (but not necessary).

Most photos include a geotag in the metadata.
This information can be mapped by uploading the photo to Jeffery's EXIF viewer at:

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David Bensema
Photo Request
Thanks for all of the time that you have put into this, it makes research of family history that much more productive. If possible, I would like to have pictures of the 3 Bensema graves at the Bluff City Cemetery. If there is any other information that you could photo it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,

Scott Bensema
Added by David Bensema on Jun 23, 2015 7:12 AM
Helene Heine #133643314
I already created a memorial for Great-Grandma Helene #111052980 on 23 May 2013. I have her linked to her family as well.
Added by CADebenport on Jun 13, 2015 11:38 AM
Louann Sanchez
RE: Donald Simpson family
Bob, Thank you for your quick response linking the Simpson Family members, and those photos--wow! Never expected that. Kay and her daughters will be surprised and pleased to see them. Thank you for such extra effort. It is greatly appreciated!

Yes, there is a date conundrum concerning Catherine W. Simpson's birth date. Iíve seen 15 Sep 1860 on her death certificate, the listing on her grave marker as 1862 and the Simpson family history shows her birth date being 14 Sep 1859. Since the 1859 year was listed on her birth record seen by Simpson family members in Scotland on the Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths where it was listed as 14 September 1859, most family trees have used that year for her birth year. The transcription of that record can also be now found at Family ("Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 June 2015), Catherine Whyte, 14 Sep 1859; citing DUNOON AND KILMUN,ARGYLL,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516).

I also found Catherine Whyte on a 7 April 1861 Scotland census in Dunoon, Scotland, with her parents, where she was listed as a 1-year-old child, so having been born in 14 Sep 1859 and being listed on that April census would have made her at least 1 year old, though she would have actually been 19 months old. Since the birth record date is closer to the actual birth event, Iím going to continue to use the 1859 date on my Tree. (I canít explain the 14th or 15th date being used. Perhaps that is the date that Catherine thought it was and the family used it because she did.) As to the grave marker date of 1862, it will be up to the family to decide to leave it or have it changed.

Glenn D. Simpsonís birthplace has always been McHenry County, Illinois, according to Kayís family records. The family did live for a little while from 1883 to 1891 in Janesville, Rock County, WI, not Plymouth, Sheboygan County, WI. They moved in 1891 to Elgin, IL, where Frances was born and then to McHenry County by 1894 where William, Ethel and Glenn were born. So, Iím not sure where the incorrect WI info comes from. Census records from 1900-1940 also show Glenn's birth place to have been Illinois.

Anyway, I do want to say thanks for helping me, and especially for the photos.

Louann Sanchez
Added by Louann Sanchez on Jun 12, 2015 5:47 PM
Douglas Holtz
RE: Range
I added Carl Holtz and his wife Johanna Raddas Holtz to Bluff City findagrave
Added by Douglas Holtz on Jun 09, 2015 9:43 AM
Douglas Holtz
RE: Range
Thank you BobH.
I have Holtz ancestors in Bluff City as well. My G G Grandfather and his wife do not have headstones, and because of the German heritage, have many middle names and the usual "Americanized" first name. Carl Ludwig Friedrich Holz Holtz b 1832 d 1906 and his wife Johanna nee Raddas b 1831 d 1907 are the ones specifically. Hope you find their records and can add them. I can do it also if you like.
Added by Douglas Holtz on Jun 08, 2015 11:10 AM
Douglas Holtz
Bob, thanks for your work on genealogy. I have Range ancestors and see quite a bit of info on this surname attributed to you. Are you an ancestor? I noticed that William (Wilhelm in my database) b 1859 on headstone, I have 1858, death year the same 1917 Bluff City. Comments? I have many Range's from around 1800 if you want to share information.
Added by Douglas Holtz on Jun 07, 2015 12:19 PM
Linda Scham
Mildred Agnew
Bob, I think I figured it out. My cousin said that both Walter and Mildred were married several times. She did no know her maiden name. I just got off the Kane County Clerk's genealogy website and discovered that her maiden name was Haas. I figured this out by looking up the marriage record for the surname Gorecki and there is a marriage certificate for a Joseph Gorecki marrying a Mildred Haas. This was her first marriage. Her 2nd husband was named Paul Laman. Her 3rd marriage was for Walter Agnew. My cousin said they were later divorced. Mildred also has a Kane County Birth Certificate and her full name is Mildred Susan Haas. She is not a close enough relative, so I will not be purchasing any of these documents at this time as my funds are limited. Hope this helps.

The website is

Added by Linda Scham on May 29, 2015 9:29 PM
Linda Scham
RE: Mildred Agnew
Bob, I will ask my Aunt. Walter was married to her but I know they were divorced. She might remember her maiden name. Linda
Added by Linda Scham on May 29, 2015 1:59 PM
Linda Scham
Mildred Agnew
Bob, Just wondering if Mildred (Gorecki) Agnew was any relation to former Kane County State's Attorney Meg Gorecki?
Added by Linda Scham on May 29, 2015 7:41 AM
Eloise Ellis Thomas
Thanks for the transfer, Nancy
Added by Daisy on May 29, 2015 7:31 AM
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