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Jo (#46927477)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family history for about twenty years now and have been taking photos of headstones for longer. When I get time I also photo document some of my local cemeteries. I'm willing to take photos in and around Sioux Falls as well as Huron, Woonsocket and Mitchell as needed. If you would like me to transfer your relatives to you go ahead and send me a request. As long as they aren't in my direct line I'm willing to transfer them. I believe that if there's a family member out there who wants to maintain someone's memorial then they should be able to do so.

My family consists of the following names: Pearson, Maurer, Jackson, Farish, Luchsinger, Rascoe, Barton, Percival, Poe, Black, Moore, Norris, Stroud, Bicknell, Stoops, Osterdock, Koso, White, Wood, Duckworth

Tennyson, Martin, Harris, Briggs, McKee, Treadwell, Yeakley & Trosper


"The Chosen"

"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story". So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died, to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

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deanna french
S.D. Civil War Vet.C.R.Loveland
I am a Vermont Civil War buff, and am working on a project to identify the last resting places of many C.W. soldiers that had ties to Vt. May I use the photo that you contributed to the Find A Grave Memorial page of Calvin Loveland, to post on the Vt.Civil War site? (
You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration.
Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Aug 22, 2016 4:32 PM
Mark McCrady
I did the best I could taking the photo of Nancy J. Harding. Some one planted Yucca bushes in front of the stone who knows how long ago and they are not only huge but the stone is covered with poison ivy also. I tried to move it away with a trowel without touching it. Never understood why people plant this stuff in front of the stone so names cant be read!

Added by Mark McCrady on Aug 02, 2016 5:10 PM
RE: Flora/Clay
I have just joined and have not done anything at this point.
Added by Jessica on Mar 22, 2016 2:56 PM
RE: Amy Dyer Campbell
Her number is 29046386.
Added by Jessica on Mar 22, 2016 2:54 PM
Amy Dyer Campbell
I am doing research on Amy and was looking for any information you may have on her. Thank you for your help.
Added by Jessica on Mar 18, 2016 4:10 PM
gary /Karen Foster
RE: Farish and Jackson Family
I am not currently on Facebook but our son Tim said he would help us set up an account. What name do you use. We are so thrilled to have caught up with you. I do not presently have a ancestry account for the same reason you gave. I go back and forth w their specials and my free time to put into it. I love doing genealogy and scrap booking. I have pictures from 1969 in SD w grandma Pearson and 2005 at the farm, if you do not have some of them. Thanks so much. G/K
Added by gary /Karen Foster on Feb 18, 2016 7:35 PM
gary /Karen Foster
RE: Farish and Jackson Family
I am so happy to hear from you. Yes we would love to know more about our family. Karen has been working on genealogy for both our families the past 5 years. Are you Joe or Tim's daughter. I intend to pull out pictures when I get a chance. Aunt Joann and Carl are very special to me. I spent two summers with them when I was 10 on the farm, when my mother was ill. We were there in 2009 and really had fun. Gail and Ken were at our house last April when they came south. Thanks for responding. Gary and Karen Foster
Added by gary /Karen Foster on Feb 17, 2016 8:21 AM
gary /Karen Foster
Farish and Jackson Family
I am the son of Louise Jackson Foster and inquiring on the family genealogy.Jo are you related to the Jackson and Farish family in Corsicana and Temple area.I have a aunt Jo Ann Pearson in Huron,SD area. Thank you for your help.I have enjoyed the entrees you have done. Gary and Karen Foster
Added by gary /Karen Foster on Feb 15, 2016 9:53 AM
Thank you for the photos of the Podhradsky group, and for all the photos you've taken to help folks get in touch with their roots.

Added by WagnerSlim on Jan 14, 2016 11:00 AM
Gary Larsen
RE: Grave Markers in the abandoned Lutheran Cemetery in Artesian, SD

12-11-2015 - My friend just telephoned me to clarify that the cemetery north of Artesian, South Dakota where his relatives are buried is listed in Find-A-Grave as "Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery, Sanborn County, South Dakota, USA"

It is located on the south side of 227th Street/Highway 17, about 1 mile to the WEST of where 227th Street/Highway 17 crosses 415 Avenue/Highway 25. From what my friend tells me, as verified by the satellite photos, this cemetery is not on farmed land, and has grave markers which may be evident from Highway 17.

When he visited the Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in 2006, he was unaware that his great-grandfather, Edward Larsen, was buried there. At the time, he did not even know that his great-great-grandparents were Lars Anderson and Kari Olsdatter Anderson, and that they were also buried in the Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery.

On his brief visit in 2006, my friend did locate a tallish grave marker which appeared to be that of Ole Larson, which was visible above the prairie grass. Since he has since found-out that Ole Larson was his great-great uncle, he speculates that grave markers of his great-grandfather, Edward Larsen, as well as those of his great-great grandparents Lars Anderson and Kari Olsdatter Anderson are near that of Ole Larson.

The cemetery which I had referred you to earlier, which shows-up on Find-A-Grave as "Lutheran Cemetery, Artesian, South Dakota," and whixh F-A-G assigns the address of 415 Avenue (Hwy 25) and 227the Street, is NOT, repeat NOT, the correct cemetery.

From the satellite photo, it appears that the "Lutheran Cemetery" is also situated on the south side of 227th Street/Highway 17, but only about 1/2 mile west of the intersection of 415 Avenue/Highway 25 and 227th Street/Highway 17. The "Lutheran Cemetery," or what may be left of it, appears to lie on the west edge of a plot of plowed land.

Again, I would request that you consider providing your private email address so that I can forward you satellite photos as well as photographs of the Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery which my friend took in 2006. This information would be most helpful in locating the correct cemetery.


Gary Larsen
206 547 8073
Added by Gary Larsen on Dec 11, 2015 10:32 AM
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