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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.
PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.
I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?
NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers.
FAMILY INFO & BIO
The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.
My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.
After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on Ancestry.com) whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.
I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.
My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.
My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.
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|S.R.F.||RE: Richard Meyer Grave Photo|
Got It! Thanks! :)
Added by S.R.F. on Jun 02, 2015 8:09 PM
|S.R.F.||Richard Meyer Grave Photo|
Thank you so very much for taking this photo and for posting it to his memorial page.
I sent you a detailed email twice. It came back.... Is your address like this:
Is there a space between your first and last names?
And is it a .com and not a .net?
S.R.F. (# 47738583)
Added by S.R.F. on Jun 02, 2015 7:06 PM
|JJ Altman||Rabbi David Tamarkin|
Thank you very much for taking the headstone photo for Rabbi David Tamarkin. I truly appreciate the time and effort it took.
Happy Memorial Day, Stacey
Thank you for the photographs of my father, Lawrence W. Sterling and my mother, Gerniece Sterling-Morris.
Today is a day of reflection of not only our men and women in service, living as well as those that have been lost in the line of duty, but also for our loved ones that have passed. It is people like you that volunteer to help those of us not able to go the grave sites of our loved ones and spend time in reflection. These photographs have so much meaning to me and thank you for having posted on Find-a-grave.
Thank you very much !
Added by 4daLove on May 12, 2015 12:58 PM
|Anonymous||Alexander Kupperman photo|
Thank you for finding the gravesite. I understand that it was not easy to find and I appreciate your efforts.
|SJB||RE: Watson Scott|
Thanks Stacey, you're too sweet! Sorry for the trouble, thanks for the transfer! Hope you have a great evening too!
Added by SJB on May 06, 2015 7:59 PM
|Diane C. Inman Stearns||RE: Rebitzer - Oakridge Cemetery|
Actually, I thought the photo was great! I did the family history for Alfred Niederman -- We went to grammar school together in Chicago during the 1940s. Anyway, Alfred tried to follow his family, but found it too depressing since more than half died before and during WWII. I've been doing genealogy since I retired and offered to make a book for him. I had never been on Jewish GenWeb and the year I spent following death after death by the Nazis was a very bad time. If the Jewish people didn't make it out of Europe before about 1938, they were gone unless they were very lucky or had money for bribes. Fortunately, the Germans kept excellent records and I was able to follow the deaths and also find the survivors.
Again, thank you very much.
|Diane C. Inman Stearns||Fritz Rebitzer|
Stacy, Thank you very much for providing a photo of the gravestone for Mr. Ribitzer. I will be sure to pass this information on to his relatives. Sincerely, Diane Stearns
|Marty||RE: George F. Rosche memorial|
I'm going to post a picture of him from a signed music pamphlet- as zoo as I have time!
Added by Marty on Apr 27, 2015 4:44 AM
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