I love Find a Grave! This website has been more helpful with tracking ancestors and motivating me to learn more about them than I had ever imagined! It's genius!
When a photo request of my own is fulfilled by another Find a Grave member, it prompts me to go out and return the favor by fulfilling someone else' request. Funny how it works that way!
I like to say I have a diverse background. My father is of German/British/Irish & Scottish lineage; my mother is from Mexico. I am very proud of my Mexican heritage. I credit my energetic enthusiasm for life to my ancestors who have so generously (whether they realized it or not) passed their DNA on to me!
My father met my mother in California after Vietnam, she popped me out in Cali., probably got bored there, then moved the fam up to Washington State where my dad's from. His family had settled there during the late 1850's. They are some kick-a$$ folks. Before that, our forefathers sailed across the Atlantic and took up residence in states such as Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, before they headed out west.
So far I've gathered these surnames from my paternal side: Shepard (my maiden name), Willms, Green, Craig, Spencer, Wallace, Skeens, Waggoner, Bird; Beyer, Drake, Kabe, Schultz, Weyen, Dittberner, Stroemer, Harms, Weber, Beerbaum (Bierbaum), Nietzel, Knabe.
My mom's side of the family comes from the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico. My mom moved up to the States in 1960's so she could work & go to school. My grandmother moved to Los Angeles and stayed there until she passed on. To this day I've got cousins all over the U.S.
I can only be certain of one surname on my maternal side. That is Chavez. My grandmother was a Chavez and married a Chavez...so my mom is Chavez de Chavez. As you know, there MANY Chavez' in Mexico! So, sadly that side of my lineage has not been tapped into yet. It is a goal of mine to find out more!
My husband's side is also of interest to me (us). He is Norwegian descent, from his father's side, and of German descent from his mother's side.
His paternal family names are: Steen, Knudsen, Sevalson, Tollefsen, Iversen Johnsen, Gulbrandsen, Ariensen, Pedersen, Oldsen...and these are VERY common names out of Norway. Where does one begin?!
His maternal surnames are: Mattern, Twidt, Senger, Schwab, Schneider, Ritcher, Schiff, and Anhilcher...so far.
The certainty is that any time I sit down to work on my family history, I inevitably learn something new! It is very time consuming, but it is always worth the time.
P.S. The policy for this website (and any other website) is that you must request permission for the personal use of any photos taken by the members who have uploaded them onto find a grave. You may bypass asking my permission because I grant full permission for you to use my photos for the purpose of genealogy. They are, after all, your ancestors!
I've had a blast with my DNA results, and have tested several cousins, etc. I strongly encourage you to test your parents first, even before yourself. Not only will they connect with more cousins, but their results will already be separated, making it easier to tell who connects with whom.
Also better to test aunts, uncles and cousins before siblings and children (which a lot of people do). Find the oldest descendants of your ancestors and test them. I speak from some experience.
Hey, do you know Aaron Dale? He messaged me on Facebook that you are a mutual friend, and go to his church. Like me, Aaron arranges for barbershop quartets and choruses. He's very talented.
Berneal Hughes - no marker? I was just notified by Becky Ward (#47543628) that "There is an empty space beside the grave of her husband Clarence Hughes, but there is no marker for Berneal." Should we consider it an unmarked grave?
Also, have you tested your DNA? I've found lots of surprises with my father's and mine using http://dna.ancestry.com/. FYI, I can get a 20% discount any time, not just on sales days, so you can pool yours with mine, if you like. Thanks.
RE: Thank you!!! Zempel When taking the photo requested for Zempel family, I created a memorial for Albin Zempel. If you are a relative, or working to create a geneology for a relative please let me know if you would like to have transfer of the management for that memorial. Richard Jacobsen
HENRY E. WELCH Hello Erica I took your photo request for Henry E. Welch #117000240 when I went to Mt. View Cemetery I found no records, the office told me he is buried in The Canemah Cemetery I checked and sure there is a memorial 5372701 for Henry Welch (with a photo)only difference is 1939 for the death. I have emailed Greg Volk and let him know of the error and that his should be removed. I do believe they are one of the same Henry E. Welch. I did take a photo of his wife Vinnie's stone. Sorry for the confusion Penny