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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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ronald balser
thank you
Thank you for taking the time to do this for me. I really really appreciaye it!!!!
She is my great grandmother and my grandfather was cremated and placed inside too...


Ron Balser
Added by ronald balser on Sep 12, 2014 5:04 PM
John P Campbell
William & Betty Halles
Thank you for photographing the headstones of Bill and Betty Halles.

I worked for a number of years with Bill at Culligan International in Northbrook, IL and I knew his wife Betty also.

I created a Find a Grave site for both of them recently, but there was no picture of their headstone available.


Added by John P Campbell on Sep 11, 2014 10:27 AM
priscilla ross-fox
Andersons in Wauconda
Did they leave the old stones?
Added by priscilla ross-fox on Sep 09, 2014 3:24 PM
Donald A. Ford
Flora E Hurd Joiner
Thank you so much. If you are a relative, please contact me. Thanks again
Added by Donald A. Ford on Sep 07, 2014 10:11 AM
Julie
Evergreen Cemetery
Thanks so much for posting the headstone photos I requested in Evergreen Cemetery!
Added by Julie on Sep 07, 2014 8:51 AM
Bob and Patty Miller
Louis and Louise Gerdau
James,
Thank you so much for the great pictures of the headstones of Louis and Louise Gerdau. We really appreciate the time and effort you put into this site. Thanks again!
Sincerely,
Bob and Patty Miller
Added by Bob and Patty Miller on Sep 05, 2014 9:43 PM
Lettie Kirby
RE: FRITZ FAMILY IN CRYSTAL LAKE
I believe these were all updated. I was offline for 2 weeks and am making correction, answering emails etc., as quickly as I can. Thank you very much for this info. Let me know if I have neglected/missed anything.
Best Wishes, Lettie
Added by Lettie Kirby on Sep 04, 2014 11:25 AM
Scott Hopkins
RE: FRANKLIN MCGUE
Thank you for looking.

Lawrence McGue is Franklin's father. The McGue family has been interesting to research. My McGue family originated in Ireland and primarily lived in McHenry County, IL.


Added by Scott Hopkins on Sep 02, 2014 4:19 PM
Sandie Schwarz
Louis & Lizzie Barbian Dimmel
Thank you so much James for your prompt response for my photo requests, I was not expecting the extra photos you included, all of the photos are much appreciated! as I'm not able at present to physically walk the cemeteries for photos. I also had a chance to read your bio and wow, you gave me a new insight into just how important Find A Grave has become as a resource for people who may be searching for their past...I also took the time, out of curiosity, to view your virtual cemetery's, as I've always wondered what these cemetery's were about. I over-looked this part of Find A Grave! so thank you for sharing this with us. I spend my time creating memorials for my ancestors' and most recently, major time spent connecting children with their parents, as most memorials have not been created by family members, and for whatever reason, I have this strong feeling to link memorials of parents and their children together, at the cemeteries where my ancestors are also at rest, as all of them at some point in time knew one another. Thank you again James, not only for the photos but also for your insight into how helpful Find A Grave is to all people, whether searching for the unknown, or as a way to remember those who were here...
Added by Sandie Schwarz on Aug 29, 2014 3:58 PM
Beth Hawkins
RE: Kocher and Rice Graves
Ok, that explains how you took those great photos in the middle of the night! Thanks again :) Beth
Added by Beth Hawkins on Aug 29, 2014 7:31 AM
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