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I want to start my bio by saying a big "Thank You" to all those folks along the way, family, friends, and total strangers who have helped me or encouraged me on my genealogical quests. Without you, I would be nowhere. I only manage memorials for my ancestors or their kin, so if I request a transfer it is because I genuinely would like to be their caretaker until a closer relative stumbles along.|
Shortly after I was born, my great grandfather inscribed the Cruzen family bibles, several letters written home during the Civil War, a spinning wheel, and other mementos to be handed down to me. My parents, having more wisdom than I, didn't really let me fuss with them until I was about 12 years old. From then on I was hooked.
My mom did a mighty fine job of tracing family trees. Back then, in the 60s, it was a slow process - waiting for the mail to read some hand-scribbled notes that were often illegible. I wish I still had her notes on 3x5 cards because some of that anecdotal information is now lost forever. Oh, how things have changed. Now we're mostly cursed by typos (guilty) and shoddy research.
I've dabbled in genealogy now for about 50 years, I reckon. I go in fits and spurts and sometimes take a break for a few years. But each time I return, there is another nugget of information that I find.
Interests include Finnies originally from Galashiels, Scotland (then to Illinois & Iowa), and the Sylvanus Pease/Charlotte Taylor line of Illinois. I'm also proudly descended from the Curley's of Nebraska.
Other closely related lines I research are the Cruzens descended from Cornelius, Lamborns in America, Freemans of the Mary Cherry line, and Mendenhalls (descended from "John the Immigrant" & Elizabeth Maris).
I've built a virtual cemetery for the men of Company E, 33rd Iowa Infantry in which my GG Grandfather served during the Civil War. If you find a member of that unit who I've not yet included, please message me with their name and number and I will place him with his comrades.
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|Jerry Coffman||Cruzen Family|
Me again. I just noticed you have Cruzen's in you family.
My wife has an Elizabeth J Cruzen Trout in her family born 8 Mar 1839 in Ohio and died 1 Jan 1918 in Mahaska, Iowa.
Just wondering if this might be the same family.
|Jerry Coffman||Jonathan Trout|
I see where you just entered this memorial not long ago.
I am trying to get a picture of the stone but they want to know where he is.
Can you help in any way?
Memorial # 129106780
|Glenn Fleming||RE: Etta Bennett Johnson|
Your welcome.Like you after doing a search also assume that Etta was Harriet/Hattie.Are you aware that Ida had been married?Her last name was Bush.She died of typhoid fever in Fairfax,SD.Her obit doesn't mention Harriet.
|Jan McKee||RE: Cliff Cameron|
your very welcome.
I transferred Albert. I will add the pictures.
The thanks is appreciated. I just noticed that Albert Cargile 1918-96 is not included . I am going to go ahead and add him. Are you related?
|C & N Rasmussen||RE: 25th & 33rd Iowa|
Sorry for the delay, but I have finally added Lt. Charles Barker to the 25th Iowa Infantry Regiment virtual cemetery. Also, thanks for offering your 33rd Iowa Infantry members for my 33rd Iowa Infantry cemetery. I will certainly add them!
|Beth.Bailey||RE: Ena Curley - Hot Springs|
You are welcome for the picture but I did want to apologize for the grass clippings etc in the picture as they had just finished mowing in that section just before we had arrived & then they were weed-whacking so hence...the grass clippings etc....
Have a great afternoon,
|Tracy Lichtenwalter||Greenwood Cemetery|
You are so welcome for the pictures & correction. I have actually added pics for the entire cemetery. Hope you have a safe & Happy 4th of July!
|Kathlene McMann-Lukasik||RE: Carl & Swan Cruzen|
It was my pleasure. Good luck with the rest of your family. I ordered Carl's but they won't send it to me without a certified document that I am related. California is sticky like that. I will cancel my order and you can order it yourself. Let me know if there is any problems.
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