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James Bellert (#48157908)
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Bio Photo I was born at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Chicago. Because of the federal, State and local laws denying adoptees their basic civil rights to their original birth certificates and adoption records, I spent 30 years searching for clues to my biological families by searching libraries for obituaries and for information in old phone books, etc. This entailed a LOT of travel because I did this prior to the explosion of personal computers and online databases and resources for research into genealogy. Unless you are an adoptee, I don't think you will fully understand the extreme joy and connection I experienced when I found the graves of my biological maternal grandparents! And the information contained on those markers led me to finding my maternal half siblings. It also led me to tracing my own ancestry back more than 7 generations. I couldn't be happier if my contributions to Find A Grave can help someone in their genealogy research or in feeling a bit of that connection I felt when I found my biological grandparents' graves.

I had been posting obituaries I obtained from online sources to the memorials I add to Find-A-Grave. But, Find-A-Grave's FAQ (#89) concerning the posting of such obituaries is rather specific. So, I no longer post such obituaries.
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Sheldon and Elizabeth Crichton
Thank you very much for taking the time to photograph my family's headstone. It is very much appreciated. May I have your permission to copy the photograph for my family tree.I would give you credit for taking the photograph. Holly
Added by Holly on Jul 29, 2014 3:49 AM
Mari Mills
RE: Ginther Wilharm
Thank-you for your kind response. While, I was trying to work on researching my Gucker Family history . . . I was trying to research my husband's family, too. The Wilharm family is my husband's maternal aunt's, Marge Smith, family, who married into the Wilharm's family. I have made known to both sides of the family that I was working on our family history, though from the lack of response, apparent apathy . . . ("close family", indeed!) and the expense of "", I have stopped my subscription for the time being. Perhaps, while I'm waiting for some response, I will take pause . . . without further action on theirs or my part. So how, can I expect you to endure with this Wilharm family and cemetery's apathy and neglect, too? So, as one "last resort", I will copy your note and this response to my husband's cousin on facebook. She lives in the Elgin-area and will perhaps, assist you in her family's information . . . once she is made aware of these concerns . . . will take some form of action. Please, accept my sincere appreciation for your unpaid volunteer efforts and warmest regards to you and yours. Mari
Added by Mari Mills on Jul 28, 2014 5:09 AM
George Roberts
RE: Cassiano Ferotti
Thank you for your help. I'm new to the site and wasn't quite sure how it worked. Thanks for the photograph and your desire to help others.

George Roberts
Added by George Roberts on Jul 27, 2014 3:39 PM
George Roberts
Cassiano Ferotti
Can you tell me why you submitted a photograph of my father-in-law's grave marker? Your bio seems to indicate you were adopted and led me to believe you maybe be related to Cassiano Ferotti. If this is the case, please contact me at Thank you! George Roberts
Added by George Roberts on Jul 27, 2014 1:29 PM
RE: Jesse Joseph Lemna
Thanks for your help. Someone found and took a picture of Jesse & Margaret's gave for me. It was at Queen of Heaven! You were right. I also looked through my Genealogy book and some how I missed that they have him listed at Queen of Heaven. :)
Added by colelemna on Jul 26, 2014 8:21 PM
Virginia Meadowcroft
Farnham at Lakewood Memorial Park
Thank you for photographing and posting the photos for Lester & Ann Farnham. Until I saw the monument, I did not know Ann's maiden name! Your personal biography is touching and is another testament to why we feel findagrave has an important role in genealogy research. Although I acknowledge the argument pertaining to the banning of obituaries, I do not agree with it. In my opinion, if properly cited, an obituary should be allowed at findagrave.
Added by Virginia Meadowcroft on Jul 26, 2014 5:05 PM
Cousins by the Dozens
Memorial #107536761 & #107536981
Thank you so much for the headstone photos. Your time and effort was very much appreciated. Have a great weekend and God Bless You for the work you do on F/G.
Added by Cousins by the Dozens on Jul 26, 2014 12:31 PM
The Goldens
Lillian Gardner
Thank you so much for posting the picture of Lillian Gardner. Your time and effort is very much appreciated!!!!
Added by The Goldens on Jul 26, 2014 10:27 AM
Shirley Jennetten
Hi James, Thank you for the photo you took of Shirley's grave marker. I appreciate you volunteering your time. Regards, LZ
Added by LZ on Jul 23, 2014 4:24 PM
RE: Jesse Joseph Lemna
Thanks for you help again. I asked his great granddaughter if she had any info. I think that's the best resource. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
Added by colelemna on Jul 22, 2014 9:29 PM
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