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Donna (#48076465)
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Bio Photo I have dabbled in ancestral research all my life, but took it up seriously only a year and a half ago. I was thrilled to find info regarding my family on this site - through it, I reconnected with some long-lost cousins and recently made a visit to Georgia and Florida to visit family graves.
I am also happy to take photos and share them with others whenever possible, as I know how challenging travel to visit one's roots can be!
If you see one of your kin among the sites I maintain, and the person is not my relative, I'll be glad to transfer them to you. Please feel free to suggest any additions and/or corrections.
Any help with translation of Old Finnish would be gratefully appreciated!
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Yes, Heikki was her husband. Thank you for updating!
Added by ARez on Sep 25, 2016 3:20 PM
My cousin translated as:

I here declare that here lyes my beloved wife: (1) Sara Wittaniemi (maiden name) Wuoti fell into death sleep on june 26. 1913 in Kopwille (?) Mikm(?) at the age of 65, after living a life of faith. The rest is (I think) something about
Jesus, blood and blissfulness.
Added by ARez on Sep 23, 2016 11:51 PM
RE: Wittaniemis, Jacobsville
My cousin in Finland can probably help. They are relatives of hers as well. Can you get me the text of what it says? I can then send it to her.
Added by ARez on Sep 12, 2016 9:57 PM
RE: Re: Georgia Virtual Vault
I'm always happy to share information that I have. Our family story says that my Great grandfather walked back to Walton Co, GA. At some point along the way, he had a mule or horse, and the last ferry across a river in VA had room just for him, not his animal, and he didn't want to wait until morning. There was a small boy at the river's edge and my grandfather asked him if he and his Pa had a mule (or horse). The young boy replied that his Pa was killed in the War. So my grandfather handed him the reins to the mule and told him to go home and help his Ma put in a crop. I think this story tells the true character of our Southern men.
Added by Birdgirl on Sep 07, 2016 6:53 AM
RE: Co. H, 11th Georgia
There is a website: Georgia Virtual Vault. You can research death certificates, 1919-1927; and confederal pensions. It's a great tool for researching CSA relatives.
Added by Birdgirl on Sep 06, 2016 4:47 PM
Karen Brewer
Eliza Ingle
Donna, thank you very much for your time and effort in getting a photograph of her headstone. You can see I had much difficulty. With your photograph I believe the day of birth was the 3rd, not the 8th as I had it. The date of death isn't on the stone, correct?
Thanks again. I appreciate your help.
Best Regards,
Added by Karen Brewer on Sep 06, 2016 4:18 PM
Jerry Decker
Herman Ruonavaara
Herman Ruonavaara lined around Jacobsville Michigan. Do you have information about him. He was an uncle to one of my wife's grand mothers.
Added by Jerry Decker on Sep 05, 2016 3:14 PM
Big Pipe
RE: Wittaniemi, Jacobsville Cemetery
Donna. I do not speak or read Finnish. I have been working with Andrea through to trace the Wittaniemi's in Finland. Check out what has been done.
Added by Big Pipe on Aug 29, 2016 2:41 PM
RE: Co. H, 11th Georgia
Hi Donna, it was an honor to visit your ancestor and leave a token and note. These brave men from Georgia deserve all the honor and respect we can give them and if we don't they will most certainly be forgotten. I researched CO H, 11th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry as I have one great grandfather in this co and regiment.
Added by Birdgirl on Aug 25, 2016 3:29 PM
Rhoda Clark
RE: Finnish graves at Jacobsville
Hi Donna, I'm sorry that it has taken so long for me to respond. I don't read my emails very often, do I?

I had fun working on the Jacobsville Cemetery. If you would like, I can transfer the management of the memorials to you.
Added by Rhoda Clark on Feb 12, 2016 10:59 AM
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