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Jill Holmes (#46801037)
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Bio Photo When I was 8 years old I found out that my grandmother was adopted. I was fascinated and wanted to find out what her name "really" was and who gave her away. I just didn't know how to go about it.

After graduating from college (Fire Up Chips!), I moved to the Washington, DC area for my job and eventually took up genealogy. Fortunately, it was a cheap hobby for a much-taken-advantage-of-not-paid-well hotel intern. It didn't cost much to take the metro into DC and spend the day in the National Archives.

I'm back in Michigan now and after 23 years of wandering through cemeteries, going through court records, ordering birth and death certificates, reading hundreds upon hundreds of obituaries, and questioning relatives...I am no closer to finding my grandmother's parents than when I was 8 years old.

But now I'm able to share all the photos I've taken over the years!

Grandma passed away in 1999 without knowing the answer to this mystery and she was fine with it. She adored her parents and saw no reason to find her other family.

I'm still optimistic.
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Jerry Rasmussen
Adam Black
Hi Jill, we recently found the information that you filed on this site regarding Adam Black. Adam was my Great Grandfather. I have emailed you
directly and would love to hear from you.

Thank you, Jerry Rasmussen
Added by Jerry Rasmussen on Sep 23, 2015 1:30 PM
Elaine and Bill Schrock
RE: Charles Grant Alexander

Thank you for the information but would you please send any family links via the new system using the Edit tab on the person's memorial?

Added by Elaine and Bill Schrock on Sep 22, 2015 8:26 AM
Eric Templeton
Alonzo Charles Beck
Thankyou for making the additions to the Memorial page of Alonzo Charles Beck. He was a Brother to my Great Great Grandmother, Margaret Ann (Beck) Cogley.
Eric Templeton
Added by Eric Templeton on Jun 09, 2015 8:57 PM
Brenda Swonger
Benjamin Irwin
In the Glade Run Cemetery for Benjamin Irwin 1776-1850, you have asked the question "husband of Catherine?" He was the husband of Margaret Ann Marshall 1786-1840 and they had a daughter Catherine W. Irwin Wilson 1818-1873.
Added by Brenda Swonger on Apr 10, 2015 11:54 AM
Sarah R
Cyrella E Treese
Hello - I saw you had posted a picture from East Mahoning Cemetery and I was wondering if you had any photos of headstones from there. Specifically Cyrella Treese (my great grandmother)
Added by Sarah R on Feb 02, 2015 12:11 PM
Thelma (DeHaven) Parizack
Thelma DeHaven's name is not listed as a daughter of Albert & Elizabeth DeHaven. She was my mother Pearle DeHaven's younger sister. Aunt Thelma was born in Bennington, Blair Co, PA on 6/21/1918 & died 12/6/1979. She is buried with her husband Charles in St. Patrick's cemetery in Gallitzin. I had submitted info to Find A Grave at one time but no longer do so due to visual loss.
Thank you for adding my Aunt Thelma's info to FindAGrave.
Added by DEHAVEN on Jan 03, 2015 9:58 AM
Ann elizabeth roush
I don't see a picture for her husband William Beck is he not buried next to her?

Added by Anonymous on May 19, 2013 4:13 PM
Brad Hall Sr
Valley View Cemetery
Can you please tell me where in New Castle PA the Valley View Cemetery is? I have some photos I would like to go and take at this cemetery. Brad Hall at:
Added by Brad Hall Sr on Aug 20, 2012 7:13 PM
Paul Leiberton
Cora Black Lukehart
I think that perhaps you have wrong death date identified for her. You have 1889, but a closer look at the headstone it looks like 1869. 1869 would fit better with the birth of her son in 1903.
Added by Paul Leiberton on Aug 02, 2012 6:33 AM
Tom Schoening
Edward Miller
Jill: Thank You so much for the photo - it is appreciated.

Regards - Tom Schoening
Added by Tom Schoening on Jul 22, 2012 8:05 PM
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