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Helen Bortz (#47006754)
 member for 8 years, 1 month, 15 days
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Bio Photo I was fortunate enough to have inherited the genealogical findings that my mother had put together over a thirty year period. A few years after her death I opened the box to sort through the pictures and became immediately hooked. With the many different resources available to me that she didn't have, I have been able to knock down some of her brick walls and I do enjoy the challenge of chipping away at those that remain. Additions to her research have included the families of my in-laws, my daughter-in-law and son-in-law plus the families of my brother-in-law.
I spend a great deal of time volunteering in the genealogical field as web master of the web sites for 11 genealogical societies. I am Past President of Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society, Wichita, KS and served on their board in other capacities and have done a great deal of indexing of records for them.
I retired, after working many years as an office administrator, in 2007 so now have more time than ever to spend on this hobby.
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 • 331 Memorials Added
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 • 1 Memorial/week
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Messages left for Helen Bortz (17)[Leave Message]
RE: John James Newman
thank you for your quick reply. I have some information on them, she probably already has it, but I would be happy to share. My email address is
I also have another cousin who has done quite a bit of research on this family as well.
Added by Victoria on Jul 12, 2015 7:16 PM
John James Newman
Hi Helen,
John James Newman my 3rd great grandfather was the father of Mary Keziah Newman. Do you mind, correcting her middle name on your memorial? # 27260730.
Also, his middle name was James. Also, do you mind connecting his wife Cinderella Katherine Howey Newman to him? 27260756

I see that you created both memorials. I am wondering if you are descended from them as well? If so, I would really like to share information with you.

Best regards
Added by Victoria on Jul 12, 2015 6:45 PM
Barbara Bowman
RE: Amelia Manke #376922665

No, I am not related to Amelia. When I am doing request for findagrave photos, I often will take photos of the surrounding markers and add them to the database. Sorry I am no help.

Added by Barbara Bowman on Dec 11, 2014 8:17 PM
Mary Elrod Staten
RE: Barnard photo
You're quite welcome. That cemetery is real close by.
Added by Mary Elrod Staten on Sep 22, 2013 8:10 PM
RE: Jemison photos
Are Elizabeth and John buried in that location as well? I have not made it through the entire cemetery yet, and was wondering if they might be buried elsewhere.

We have a cemetery committee for Prospect, and try to mark a few unmarked graves each year. We also try to replace older illegible graves. We have quite a few to do, but I will keep their names on my list if I end up not finding any markers for them.
Added by happee_grrl on Aug 20, 2013 7:56 AM
Janie Healer Davis
RE: Sweetwater Cemetery Photos
You're so welcome. Happy I could help!
Added by Janie Healer Davis on Apr 13, 2013 12:02 PM
Kathy S. Savoie
RE: Thistlethwaite Photos
I noticed while I was there that there were other Thistlethwaites and either added their photos if memorials were there and if not created memorials. If there are any that I created directly connected to you, please advise and I will be more than happy to transfer over to you.
And thanks happy to assist.
Added by Kathy S. Savoie on Sep 07, 2012 12:36 AM
Marty and Julie Spillman Stewart
RE: Bardwell photo
You are most welcome
Added by Marty and Julie Spillman ... on Aug 16, 2012 10:35 AM
Jeanette Martin
RE: Stabler Tombstone pictures
I found these in old papers I had gotten from Gale Stabler who lived in Adams County. He had taken these pictures at the local cemetery. He didn't have a computer. It was like Christmas when I found these. We travel no more. Take care. Jeanette
Added by Jeanette Martin on May 28, 2012 8:45 AM
Sharon Wood
Highland Park - Ionia Co.
If you get in touch with Wayne Summers - he can get you copies of the photo's you want of Martha.Please don't forget to delete the request on findagrave.
Added by Sharon Wood on May 26, 2012 7:10 AM
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