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My Labor of Love (#47401412)
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Bio Photo Hi Everyone -Back when I was 8 years old, my grandpa, Paul Joseph Peter Allen, helped me make a family tree for a school project. Back then we didn't get that far...LOL. In 1999, I found that project and started working on it again. Now I've got over 20,000 people connected to my tree. I think my grandpa would be proud of what I've accomplished, thus my name, My Labor of Love!!! I'm a "Genealogy Pack Rat" and it's time that I shared my findings. I hope I was able to help someone with this information.Take Care & God Bless -Brandi(a mom of 3 cutie pies)My goal is to attain what was once lost or forgotten. To investigate and then document my finding to further an ancestry or find a loved one. But most of all, making sure everyone is remembered no matter how short or long they were on this earth or what accomplishments they did or didn't do, that they are remembered and their story is told.Corrections Please use the "Suggest a correction or provide additional information" found under the Edit tab.Transfers First and foremost, you must be related to that individual; (ex: grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, uncle, aunt, cousin, etc...) I really don't care how many generations back, you could be a 4th cousin 5x removed, as long as the lineage is there! If you meet that criteria, please use the Edit tab on the individual that you would like transferred over to your care. Then select "Suggest a correction or provide additional information". Please include your Find A Grave ID #, relationship to the individual, and that you would like this memorial transferred to you. I'll transfer anyone that isn't in my family tree. But if it happens to be someone that is, closest relationship to that person wins!PhotographsI think it's selfish for people to take possession over a photo taken, so please feel free to use any photos that I post.
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Henry Marsh
Margaret Behnke Brieske
Do you happen to know anything about Margaret Behnke (101617925)? Especially her parents.
She married my uncle Leo Brieske around 1900 in Chicago, where they lived. Thank you.
Added by Henry Marsh on Feb 04, 2016 9:34 AM
William Luchtmeyer
Thanks so much for the transfer this evening of our grandfather!
Added by Valerie on Jan 26, 2016 8:16 PM
Robyn Copeland Johnson
RE: re: Rachel Copeland Powel #86044561
Found it...thanks so very much! Am grateful for your help. :)
Added by Robyn Copeland Johnson on Jan 26, 2016 2:00 PM
Robyn Copeland Johnson
re: Rachel Copeland Powel #86044561
Hi there, Thank you so much for all you do for all of us trying to remember our ancestors! Have a quick question re the above lady. Her father, Robert Copeland, is my 3rd GreatGrandpa. You list her parents as Robert and Mary and I am thrilled cause I have been trying to find out her true mother for years now. Was wondering how this info came to you as it's not listed on her gravestone, etc. Might I please ask if there is a reference for this info that I might contact? Thanks so much! Sincerely, Robyn Copeland Johnson at
Added by Robyn Copeland Johnson on Jan 21, 2016 3:39 PM

Thank you for the transfer.

Added by Everywhere on Jan 21, 2016 11:14 AM
RE: Adding to photo section

No problem. I think most don't know about what F.A.G. has decided. Will gladly add if you would like to type for bio.
Added by Scout on Jan 21, 2016 10:26 AM
Corp Ed. Tonyan
I would like to Thank You ! for posting the personal photo of Corp Ed. Tonyan to both of his Memorials. I just recently received the information from a cousin, as to the correct place of burial for Edward, who was killed in France, WWI, Memorial# 559057166, and that his Memorial# 36015959, at St John the Baptist Cemetery, here in Johnbsurg, McHenry County, Illinois, is in Memory of Edward Tonyan ~ Are you a member of this same Tonyan family?
Added by Sandie on Jan 11, 2016 8:02 PM
Sue King
RE: Smiths 95864341 & 86168534

Thank you for the links - I appreciate the information. I am sending you the transcription I made from the obituaries in the newspaper for Elwin and Barbara. I give you permission to post these on the memorial pages if you would like.

SMITH Edwin(sic) C. Obituary, Grand Rapids Press, Published Monday, 4 Dec 1922, page 21

Edwin C. Smith, for many years a resident of Moreland, Mich., died at his home, 1818 Godfrey Av., Saturday evening, Dec. 2, aged 61. He is survived by a widow, four sons, Coley E., Alfred L., Ralph E. and George W., and two daughters, Mrs. Rilla Towner and Mrs. Elsie Morton. Funeral services from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

The first name in this obituary is misspelled; this obituary is for Elwin C. Smith.

SMITH Mrs. Barbara Obituary, Grand Rapids Herald, Published Monday, 11 Nov 1940, page 12

Mrs. Barbara Smith, 77, former resident of Grand Rapids but now of Kansas City, Mo., entered into rest Sunday morning. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rilla Stribling of Kansas City and Mrs. Elsie A. Morton of Oakland, Cal.; four sons, Ralph E. of Grand Rapids, George of Oklahoma City, Okla., Coley of Cadillac and Alfred of Washington, D. C. The body will arrive in Grand Rapids Tuesday afternoon and will be taken to the Clarence D. Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30. Burial at Oak Hill.

From Barbara's obituary, I found her death certificate, which was free from the state of MO at this online link:

Added by Sue King on Jan 10, 2016 5:00 AM
Titter Photo
Hello, Thank you so much for adding the photo of Frank Titter who is a very distant relative of mine. But still so exciting to see a photo. He was my g-grandmother's sister's son.

Best regards,

klassikat - Andi
Added by klassikat on Jan 07, 2016 1:54 PM

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