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MWF (#48369568)
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Bio Photo 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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C & N Rasmussen
RE: 25th & 33rd Iowa
Hi,
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!
Craig
Added by C & N Rasmussen on Jul 20, 2014 8:14 PM
Beth Bailey
RE: Ena Curley - Hot Springs
Hi Mike:
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,
Beth
Added by Beth Bailey on Jul 16, 2014 10:54 AM
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!
Tracy
Added by Tracy Lichtenwalter on Jul 02, 2014 3:11 PM
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.

Good luck,
Kathlene
Added by Kathlene McMann-Lukasik on Jun 04, 2014 10:09 AM
Jhere McKenzie
RE: Cruzen photos
You are so welcome! My grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles, along with my great aunts and uncles are resting in the Abbey too! I found them by accident. It is a comfort knowing where they are. Happy Day, Jhere
Added by Jhere McKenzie on Jun 04, 2014 7:42 AM
 

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