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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 400+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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Debbie B
RE: Charles Matthews
Thanks, Stacey, your speedy edits are always much appreciated!
Added by Debbie B on Feb 14, 2017 8:16 PM
Sydney Carrillo
Annie Wade
Thanks so much for photographing the grave of Annie Wade and creating memorials for the rest of her family.
Do you mind if I use the photo in my ancestry tree?
Thanks again.
Added by Sydney Carrillo on Feb 12, 2017 6:37 PM
RE: Ida May Snyder Klein #138955039
Thanks so much. It turns out to be hard to find the female side when it goes back very far. Then on top of it sometimes they move so far from where their parents are buried. Again thank you for the transfer. Fam69
Added by Fam69 on Feb 08, 2017 5:13 PM
Heather Bell
RE: Glen Curtis Bell
His brother Ray is my grandfather.
Added by Heather Bell on Feb 07, 2017 6:35 PM
Karen Hines
RE: Effie King
I have transferred Effie back to you and hope one day her granddaughter will contact you. But at least we both know a little something about Effie.

Added by Karen Hines on Feb 06, 2017 7:24 AM
Ida May Snyder Klein #138955039
Would you mind if I connect Ida May Snyder Klein to her parents who are buried in Harrison county, Missouri? On the censuses she is listed as Ada but that must be her since her parents are listed as George and Hulda Snyder on the death certificate. I manage the Snyder find-a-grave site because George and Hulda are my great-great-grandparents. Have been tracking down the children of the Snyders as much as I can. Thank You.
Added by Fam69 on Feb 05, 2017 8:06 PM
William Nees
Elm Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum and Crematorium
Thank you very much for taking the photographs for me.
Added by William Nees on Feb 05, 2017 12:20 PM
Karen Hines
Effie King
Please read who I found about Effie and her family. As it turns out she is not part of my King family. If you would like her back or if any of her family wants to maintain her memorial, please let me know.
Thank you
Karen Hines
Added by Karen Hines on Feb 05, 2017 10:36 AM
Karen Hines
Effie King
I will research her but as of now I don't have an Effie King in our family. If I can't find her I will let you know. But for now I will care for her
and maintain her memory.

Karen Hines
Added by Karen Hines on Feb 04, 2017 6:36 AM
Karen Hines
King transfers
Thank you so much for Harvey, Frieda, Clarice and Marion King transfers.
Karen Hines
Added by Karen Hines on Feb 04, 2017 6:23 AM
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