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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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Mari Mills
RE: Ginther Wilharm
James,

I cc'd you on my e-mail to my husband's cousin and I have YET to receive a response from any of these family members.

If, they don't care, then why should we?

Please, close all of the "Wilharm" requests. You have been SO kind, though it's time to us to "move-on" . . .

I sincerely appreciate your prompt and attentive support in this matter and wish you all our best wishes.

Warmest regards, Mari Mills
Added by Mari Mills on Aug 21, 2014 10:43 AM
Burlington Historical Society
RE: AURELIA BORDIN PUCINSKI
James,
Thanks for the obituary information on Aurelia Bordin Pucinski. It is appreciated.
Added by Burlington Historical Soc... on Aug 21, 2014 10:06 AM
Burlington Historical Society
RE: ELIZABETH S. SIMPSON PUCINSKI
Roman Pucinski, who was a Congressman as well as an alderman, and his first wife, Aurelia Bordin Pucinski (1918-1983), had a daughter, Aurelia, who is the one who was still alive in 2006.
Added by Burlington Historical Soc... on Aug 21, 2014 10:03 AM
Burlington Historical Society
RE: ELIZABETH S. SIMPSON PUCINSKI
Agree that information should probably go on Roman's memorial. However, we have not figured out a way to do that, since his memorial is handled by Find A Grave. We were thinking that someone doing grave listings in St. Joseph's Cemetery might determine whether Aurelia is also buried there.
Added by Burlington Historical Soc... on Aug 21, 2014 8:29 AM
Gerald "Jerry" Hobson
RE: Colby, Woodland Cemetery
Thanks for the Colby headstone photo. I appreciate your help.
Added by Gerald "Jerry" Hobson on Aug 15, 2014 8:42 AM
Gwen Menz
Charles and Linita Bosio
James, thank you so much for the wonderful photos of the Bosio's gravemarkers - very much appreciated!

Gwen
Added by Gwen Menz on Aug 12, 2014 11:02 AM
Karen Reed
Wollert
Thank you for the photo of John and Christina Wollert's headstone. John's twin brother-Andreas is in the background!
Added by Karen Reed on Aug 11, 2014 10:22 AM
Rachel Jostock
Richard Jostock
Thank you so much for the pictures you posted for me.

Rachel
Added by Rachel Jostock on Aug 09, 2014 11:43 AM
kmweb1
Leo Hattley's marker
Thank you so very much James for taking the photo of Leo Hattley's marker. It is truly appreciated. It will definitely help in my research.

Ken McKinlay
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Added by kmweb1 on Aug 09, 2014 8:26 AM
Kathleen Groll
RE: Lora and Richard Foster
Excellent job. They were readable
Added by Kathleen Groll on Aug 06, 2014 4:56 PM
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