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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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Messages left for James Bellert (213)[Leave Message]
JoAnn Dechant
Norman J Dechant
Dear James, thank you for the Flag you have place on Normans memorial page. I am still trying to get the Government to give me a military plaque to add to his stone.
Again thank you.
Jo Ann Dechant
Added by JoAnn Dechant on Oct 21, 2014 1:27 PM
Robie Merritt Loriaux-Roberts
RE: Eva Alice Taylor Ingram - Evergreen Cemetery
On Find a Grave it is called Evergreen Cemetery & Mausoleum, Evergreen Park. I have changed her cemetery to this one and put in a request for a photo. Hopefully it is the correct one.

Thanks for your help...Robie
Added by Robie Merritt Loriaux-Rob... on Oct 21, 2014 5:15 AM
Robie Merritt Loriaux-Roberts
Eva Alice Taylor Ingram - Evergreen Cemetery
Hi...Thanks for your email and information. Her death certificate says burial is at Evergreen Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois. Her brother was living in the Chicago area so I assumed this maybe the reason she was buried there...Jules A. Taylor. Her parents are buried in Michigan.

I will change my records until I learn more. If you have access to any records that might help, I would appreciate it.

Thanks for your help...Robie

Added by Robie Merritt Loriaux-Rob... on Oct 20, 2014 3:17 PM
Shaun Ehrke
RE: Seven Angels
Omg James, I am sure that you saved lives, and did what you could, as others did. I was driving towards Crystal Lake, and saw the bus flying, best way I can describe. I had slammed on my brakes, and parked in front of some business, blocking part of NW Hwy, I ran, or flew across cars, still driving by accident scene, got bumped hard by couple of cars. Ran up to 3 teens and moved them from scene, stopping traffic.
Blood was everywhere, one teen told me, my best friends dead in the bus....I just remember screams and I had blood all over me. Rest was a blur. We all did what we could.

I cannot believe that you were there again for the next accident. It seems that you are a Angel.

Thank you for all that you have done.

Talk soon, Shaun
Added by Shaun Ehrke on Oct 20, 2014 11:23 AM
Shaun Ehrke
RE: Seven Angels
I saw your memorial for the October 25th, 1995 Metra-Bus accident. I was there that day also, denting my car, by pulling off the road, Rt 14, and running across Rt 14, just missing getting hit by passing cars, (well I did get hit, but it was not about me) so I raced to the accident sight, trying to help anyone that I could. I can still see & hear everything now almost 20 yrs later.

Thank you so much for putting together all of the 7 Angels information, and putting your love into this to educate and honor those killed & injured. You did a great job, thank you.

These 7 Angels will never be forgotten.
Added by Shaun Ehrke on Oct 19, 2014 10:06 PM
Shaun Ehrke
RE: Ehrkes at MCMP
Thanks James, slow going entering all of my family & extended family records....I appreciate all if your hard work, committment and dedication for all present & future folks to find more information on their families, with all of your photo taking and entering all of that data.... Thank soon, Shaun Ehrke

Added by Shaun Ehrke on Oct 19, 2014 9:44 PM
Shaun Ehrke
More Ehrkes found if you can transfer
Hello again,

Thanks for transferring my great grandparents a few days back, seems like I have found many, many more Ehrkes, so I will put together a list if you can transfer, thanks.

You did a great job btw on the Find A Grave website...


Shaun Ehrke
Added by Shaun Ehrke on Oct 19, 2014 8:24 PM
Erwin Sullivan
Thanks so much for clarifying his burial location. Would it be possible for you to share his obit with me or add it to his memorial? Thanks again.
Added by MLIhrke on Oct 18, 2014 8:25 PM
Shaun Ehrke
Can you please transfer 2 Find A Grave family members to me please.

I am Shaun Ehrke, working on my family history.
I see your awesome work entering my great grandparents
Names, grave photos into the FIND A GRAVE system.

I live in Nw burbs and I will be documenting, re photographing all the Ehrkes in Illinois, Minneasota and Wisconsin.

Can you please transfer to me my great grandparents,
Ida C. Ehrke and her husband, Frank W. Ehrke
#s are 134520661 & 134520663

Thanks, I owe you a beer or lunch etc for spending time,
Entering all of their data. Thanks,

Contact me anytime, I am also a new Find a Grave contributor

Shaun Ehrke

shaunehrke at


Added by Shaun Ehrke on Oct 17, 2014 8:58 PM
thomas Corwin

Thanks again for your wonderful help! I really appreciate you taking the time to take the photos of the Corwins.
Added by FarmGirl on Oct 16, 2014 10:26 AM
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