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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Find-A-Grave Search by State


My buddy, Chris Myers, always sends me some of the neatest links or photos! We both submit memorials & photos to Find-A-Grave to help those who, for whatever reasons, can not visit relatives & ancestors graves (usually they live too far away). Many times people do not know where someone is buried, but you can search Find-A-Grave to see if you can find them across America. Now, you can search by state (we often know that they were buried near where they lived in a certain state). Not all states are included yet (17 to-date), but here is the link for what states are available:

Here is the link to Indiana's search site: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70510 Indiana, Find A Grave Index, 1800-2011

Here are some related links you can find on the above web site:
Listing of over 7800 men who volunteered for military service from Indiana in 1898

Join the Face Book site for Find-A-Grave: http://www.facebook.com/groups/2275168731/

Friday, March 30, 2012

From the First Mate's Photo Album... Illinois Holland Family


Who is in this photo is unknown, but it is a great photo to share. They are obviously of Holland heritage wearing bonnets & wooden shoes! The original photo is of better quality than these scanned copies. The original was too large to lay flat on the scanner, but hopefully you can see enough to enjoy it from the two photos scanned.
Oddly there is only one male. He is interesting in many ways. I am not sure that is his mustache or possibly a stain or marking like the mark on his chest by his left arm. The mark on his chest shows like an ink stain on the original and the mustache is just a dark , but normal coloring in the photo. Click on the photo to get a larger image. His pipe is really cool! He is wearing wooden shoes, but notice how he is standing with his toes pointing inward a lot! Check out his hat & what seems to be a polka-dotted tie. The first lady seated on the right side with the very large wooden shoes looks just like my Mom's Aunt Maggie Wood. Nearly every single lady has a different style of clothing and necklaces.

Notice in the lower right corner: "Sandstrom Photo 1913 Moline, Ill" Which makes this photo nearly one hundred years old! The origin of the photo or who is in it is unknown.
The above photo is an attempt to improve the quality of the left side of the photo (and include what was cut-off) from scanning. I really love this photo!

- Photo was scanned and submitted by Mindy Meijer

Monday, March 26, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

This Kentucky Historical Monument is on Airline Road in Larue County. South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery is where many of my Gardner ancestors & other family members were buried.

I read not too long ago how the large creek got its name of "Nolin" People had gathered at the creek to see Rev. Lynn, but he did not show so everyone said there was "no Lynn" at the creek. Is this story true? I am not sure, but I like the story, anyway!
- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest