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norma lewless (#47902620)
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Bio Photo I have been working on my family history for 25 years. All of my ancestors are of German descent. The majority settled in Saginaw, Sebewaing and Scio Township, Michigan, even though there are family members scattered throughout the world. Genealogy is a never ending journey. That's what makes it so exciting! IT'S ALL IN THE JOURNEY!
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Karla Louise Schairer
Hi, I called the Ft. Bliss Cemetery and was told the records show that Karla is definitely buried there in the same plot as her mother, Margaret. So the reverse side of Margaret's headstone was engraved to add Karla's name and info. Go to the site and check it out. One of the people in the office were kind enough to take the pictures of the revised headstones. So I had added them to Karla's Find A Grave memorial site. If you have any question about the headstones or the information, please call the Ft. bliss National Cemetery. They are very helpful.
Added by LC on Feb 04, 2016 8:00 AM
Karla Schairer
Hi, I went out yesterday to get a photograph of Karla's headstone. The internet VA site has her listed as buried in section A 58A. On the headstone for A 58 it just has the info for Karl with the reverse side blank. On the headstone A 58A it has Margaret's information with the reverse side of the headstone also blank. I checked many surrounding headstones and did not find Karla. Tomorrow I will call the cemetery and ask about this since the Internet VA site has her as buried there yet her info is not on the headstone.
Added by LC on Nov 22, 2015 8:05 PM
Barbara Lee Schairer Turkaly
Your listing for Barbara Lee Schairer Turkaly (154284785) maybe in a different cemetery, I see that even though the obit says Forest Lawn in Ann Arbor. Her parents are buried in Forest Hill in Ann Arbor. I have located other Schairer family in Forest Lawn Inn Dexter, but not this person.
Added by Woolsox on Oct 30, 2015 10:17 AM
M. Tietz
RE: Johann Bernhard
In regards to Johann Bernhard Titz, it's stated that there is a hotel, restaurant & bar where they were lived. Have you been there? Do you have any info on it? A friend of mine is helping me and he thinks that this is it, since it still stands today, but we aren't 100% sure.,15.6632297,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x691156bd7e2f4849
Added by M. Tietz on Oct 30, 2014 3:30 PM
M. Tietz
Johann Bernhard "Bernhard" Titz
Thank you for posting the info on my great-great-great grandfather!
Added by M. Tietz on Oct 30, 2014 1:39 PM
Bruce Colles
RE: Re: Calista Sharpsteen
Hi Norma,

I would love to learn more about your branch of the family.

My email is

I descend from Denche the oldest daughter.
Added by Bruce Colles on Jul 08, 2014 2:15 PM
Sandra Johnson Witt
RE: Bertha Grassmann Schairer
Thank you for contacting me and connecting Bertha and her family with her parents (my great grandfather and his first wife, Friedericke Wilhelmine Witte Grassmann. I have no other photos of Bertha, unfortunately. There is more information about our Grassmann family on "Gall, Grassmann & Bolzmann Families from Northern Germany" - website:

Contact me if you have any questions.

Added by Sandra Johnson Witt on May 10, 2014 9:29 AM
Ryan's @ Sacred Heart Cemetery
Hi Norma,

All of the changes you have requested have been made, except the transfers.

Both sides of my husband's family have been living in this area for over 125 years and the Surname Ryan happens to be my mother-in-laws maiden name. So for the time being I will hang onto the Ryan's. I would be glad to make changes and updates as needed. I hope you understand.
Added by MGirardin on Oct 31, 2013 6:43 AM
RE: Research
Hi! You may want to start here:

This is a private library that is free to use in downtown Chicago. You just need a state/federal ID and proof of where you reside (see site for what they accept as ID).

The library does interlibrary loans, and you may want to talk to a librarian before visiting to ensure that they will be able to help you.

The Cook County Online Database is here:

This is a no-cost site and they have never sent me an e-mail in the many years I have been registered there.

Cook County will do a search for your for $15. Many of the oldest records do not appear on the site. In general, I would say that most records for the County before 1916 are not on the website yet (although they claim that records to 1872 are there). Any county records before 1872 were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Added by Ace on Sep 20, 2013 4:12 AM
Johann Heidenreich
Hi! I went to the Will County Clerk's Office (where Peotone is) since I don' live too far away. They have no record of death for Johann. I also looked through their old record books and did not see him there. I looked at both the spellings you gave and many other spellings. A summary of what I found is:

No Heydenreich, Heidenreich, or Hydenreich; no Hie..., no Hid..., no Hed..., no Hey..., and no Heinr...; for Heiden there was no John/Johann, etc.

There was the following deaths in their books:
Hyden, John C., Oct 14, 1903 (#11072)
Heidrich, John C., Feb 7 1928 (#34695)
Hinrichs, John, Mar 4, 1901 (#9116)

There were no Papenhagen or Pappenhagens.

There were the following deaths in their books for the last name of Poppenhagen:
Amelia, May 17 1921 (#27309)
Emma Kate, Jan 24, 1936 (#44758)
Henry Carl, Feb 21, 1936 (#44946)
Louis M., May 12, 1934 (#42612)
Sophia, Mar 9, 1923 (#26989)

There were no Schroders.

There were the following deaths in their books for the last name of Schroeder:
Sophia, Nov 24, 1907 (#14151)
Sophia, Apr 20, 1933 (#41330)
Sophie, May 19, 1905 (#12449)
Sophie, Sep 10, 1928 (#35401)

There were no Johan or Johann for the last name.

There was one John Friederichs, Nov 24, 1895 (#5960) and one John Friedrich, Apr 18, 1915 (#19778).

All dates above are the dates of death and the # is the chronological order of the death in the county starting with their records in 1877.

When I started questioning them about their death indexes that are available to the public, it turns out that they are incomplete and only contain deaths up to about 1937. They then offered to look up Johann in their file room.

Even though there was nothing specifically for Johann, I hope this information might help you out in your search.

Added by Ace on Sep 18, 2013 3:16 PM
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