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labwriter (#47091612)
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Bio Photo My interest in genealogy grew out of a parallel interest in literature and biography. When I was in college studying literature, I did a lot of work on the life and works of Willa Cather. One day I realized that, while I knew almost every picayune detail of Cather's life and family history, I didn't know much about my own. I've been working on my own family ever since--for about 30 years.

Find A Grave is a great site for sharing information. Anyone who wants to use what I've posted is welcome to it--no need to ask. Thank you and happy searching!

What is it about this site that seems to turn some people--well, for want of a better word--nasty? I don't understand someone who rudely demands that I be polite in my dealings with them or else they won't post the information I'm sending in an edit. I'm seeing that more and more on this site, and it's disturbing. It usually comes from people who manage THOUSANDS of memorials. The latest thing seems to be a version of this: "Don't even ask me to post an obituary on a memorial, because it's not happening." I understand if someone doesn't want to post an obituary; however, that doesn't keep you from posting the INFORMATION from an obituary. While an obituary may be copyrighted, the information from that obituary is available for anyone to use. Thank you, and that's the end of my rant for the day about find-a-grave.
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Peter Hakze
RE: Matte Luik
Hi Becky,
Thanks for posting my info, and for your reaction to that. But please accept (or not) also -if you'll have time again after your moving of course- my many, many edits at your Find A Grave profile page, right upper corner (click on "Edits"). Actually, Matte Luik was not the best person to compare with the Loopstras because she was born in the province of Drenthe, which was/is quite exceptionally in the Tijnje area, so she has probably a quite different life history than the Loopstras, who were all born in this -peat digging- area. Can I see your genealogy somewhere on internet? Please reply via
Added by Peter Hakze on Nov 19, 2015 4:33 AM
Katie Walling
Nihiser & Whitney
I am related to Abigail Abbie Whitney she is a sister to my great grandfather Jacob Herald Whitney. There father and mother was John & Elizabeth (Bright) Whitney. I have not been able to find out where they were buried at, I have been looking for ever for them? I was hoping that may be some one out there has been able to find them? Do you have any information on Abbie or any pictures of her?
Thank you for the help Katie!!!!
Added by Katie Walling on Oct 05, 2015 7:13 PM
Katie Walling
Nihiser & Whitney
How are you related to both of Lewis & Abigail Abbie Whitney Nihiser? I am Looking for any one who is related to them?

Thank you Katie
Added by Katie Walling on Oct 04, 2015 8:17 PM
RE: Memorial # 120363647
I don't recall there being more Nitzes, but it's certainly possible, though I normally photograph all gravestones in any given family plot (it's just easier and more complete that way). I haven't been back to Mt. Washington since the spring, but I'll look for more of the Nitz family the next time that I'm there.
Added by LASullivan on Aug 04, 2015 12:52 PM
wife of Thomas Tindall (bur Lusk Cem)
Just wanted to let you know that at one time there were many gravestones in Lusk Cemetery in Edwardsville, Madison, IL. However, at some point the cemetery was not being cared for and was eventually turned into a small community park by the city. The gravestones were either removed or destroyed by vandalism and the city did not have any records of those buried there. There are just a few ground level markers but over time it wouldn't surprise me to find these had sunk underground or were damaged by the kids who have played in the park over the years. I know the park exited in the early 1980's as I went there and tried to find any gravestone to record it for the cemetery series published by the Madison County (IL) Genealogical Society. It would be my guess that Thomas Tindall's wife is also buried there and most likely in an unmarked grave next to him.

Debbi Girth Geer
Added by Debbi on Jul 20, 2015 4:04 PM
Loyal Limb
RE: John & Lucinda Campbell
I just wanted you to know, no action required on your part. I've been working with Linda Oliver who created the memorials. The cemetery will be called Goodwin also known as Campbell so it shows up when you search either one.
Added by Loyal Limb on Feb 13, 2015 11:30 AM
Loyal Limb
John & Lucinda Campbell
I have added grave marker pictures for John and Lucinda Campbell's memorials. 138175794 138176777 I love seeing pictures like the ones you have posted. The Find A Grave map location for this cemetery was wrong. I have submitted a correction. I found this cemetery's location using the on-line Tennessee Property Viewer. It is listed as Campbell Cemetery. Linda Oliver told me she has known it as Oliver Cemetery her whole life. I asked Find A Grave to add Campbell Cemetery as an AKA. I also added two other Campbell Cemeteries I found in that area. Just when I think I've found them all I learn about more. I'm always excited to find a new one and to frequently disappointed by the condition they are in. At this time of year you can see grave markers you would never see with leaves on the vegetation.
Added by Loyal Limb on Feb 13, 2015 9:27 AM
Dolores J. Rush
Tolly Family Question
Were you aware that Mary Elizabeth Tolly White Cochran #86935970 and her first husband, William George White #93330115 had a daughter, named for both her grandmothers in 1851?
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Jan 24, 2015 2:00 AM
Dolores J. Rush
You are most welcome! Are you a member of the Tolly family?
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Jan 17, 2015 8:42 PM
Dolores J. Rush
Tolly Family
I obtained this material from the Union Predestinarian Baptist Church and Tolly Cemetery. Flat Branch Twp., Shelby Co, ILLinois. Compiled from church records by Marian Simcox Wooters, Findlay, Illinois, March 1967. Received from Elder Robert Webb, Primitive Baptist Church Archivist and Family History Research Assistance website in Carthage, IL. It doesn't state how these people are related, just that they are members of this particular church.
TOLLY Surname = James Tolly, Sr.; Winny Tolly; Caroline Tolly; Elizabeth Tolly Huhle (d. Dec. 1957); Effie Tolly Allen; Jane Tolly, James Tolly, Jr., Laura Tolly, Lucinda Tolly, Maga E. (Margaret?) Tolly, Mary Tolly, Mary E. Tolly (d. Jun 1919), Sam Tolly (d. Dec. 21, 1942), Samuel TOLLY (d. Jan. 21, 1879).
Thought you might like to know.
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Jan 17, 2015 2:17 AM
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