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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the US Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30-plus years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.

I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.

I am acceptable to transferring memorials on Find A Grave to anyone who requests them and who is a direct descendant of the person whose memorial I have posted, unless I am also a direct descendant. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I manage, please use the Edit tab feature and I will gladly make the necessary correction(s). Also, I do not object if anyone posts pictures to any memorials that I created and still manage.

I do not have the ability to instantly make any changes or corrections to the Famous memorials that I have posted. Only the Find A Grave administrators can do that. If you should find an error on any Famous memorial that is credited to me, please contact and provide them with the required changes/corrections.
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Elkhart High School Class... (34)
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Joseph Barnett
Chris Farley
The last sentence needs to be corrected. Thank you for your time.
Added by Joseph Barnett on Sep 21, 2016 5:36 AM
Mustang Sally
RE: additional info for Evan E. Denson
Yes, Olen Powell(Cleon's husband) and Aaron Powell(Reedie's husband were distant relatives.
Added by Mustang Sally on Sep 08, 2016 2:45 PM
Linda Davis
Patsy Cline's bio
It is her birthday and read her bio...outstanding!
Added by Linda Davis on Sep 08, 2016 1:40 PM
Eman Bonnici
Maria Goretti
Hi William,

Trust all's well. Do you remember having updated and submitted Saint Maria Goretti's memorial of mine as Famous a few months back? (# 63036292).

Something strange occurred to the memorial the other day: after a correction submitted from my end indicating her father's link was declined, it was accepted on a second try, only to have the prefix 'Saint' and her whole biography removed. Can you suggest to me what's best to be done in this case?

Thanks and regards.

-- Eman
Added by Eman Bonnici on Sep 04, 2016 3:40 AM
Mustang Sally
RE: additional info for Evan E. Denson
Thanks for linking Aunt Millie to the family. Yes, You are correct, there are only two surviving sisters: Cleon Denson Powell and FayNell Denson Bodine.

My Grandmother's maiden name was Wilkins, not Wilkinson. Please make the correction. Thanks again.

Mustang Sally
Added by Mustang Sally on Aug 30, 2016 12:56 PM
Mustang Sally
additional info for Evan E. Denson
Hello to my cousin ! I want to thank you for creating the memorial for my Grandfather: Evan E. Denson(#58458852). I also added a few pictures. Would you please add a name to His list of children: Mildred S. Denson Knight. Her DOB is Dec. 3,1930 and Death Dec. 2, 1987. Thanks again.

Mustang Sally
Added by Mustang Sally on Aug 30, 2016 11:21 AM
Linda Davis
Doc Holliday
Enjoyed this bio too.
Added by Linda Davis on Aug 14, 2016 1:20 PM
Linda Davis
Veronica Lake
I enjoyed the Famous bio of Veronica Lake written by you. I really didn't know much about the beautiful lady and you gave me a very good overview. Thanks.
Added by Linda Davis on Jul 07, 2016 7:48 AM
D. Montgomery
Rev David Bard PA
Hello again: Do not mean to both you but I followed your suggestion and added his church title as a name edit. I received an "automatic" response "declined"? No explanation. No comment.
He was educated as a Pres, minister and had a congregation, was assigned a church and served in Congress as "extra" part time job WHILE STILL HAVING HIS CHURCH ...So why would this part of his name be stripped off? His bios all identify him as a minister. Who do you contact at at FindAGrave to ask about this? There really did NOT appear to be any deliberation of my request...just a quick rejection.
Hope to hear from you. D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on Jul 06, 2016 5:37 PM
Greg Olson
RE: Richard Beardsley
Thanks for the quick reply. You're right - the request was from John Beardsley. I wrote him and am waiting to hear back.

I have a list of persons buried in the cemetery starting in 1880 which I'd be happy to share if you'd be interested as well as some background on the cemetery which I've written.

Send me your email address and I'll send them there. My own personal email address is


Added by Greg Olson on Jul 06, 2016 9:16 AM
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