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Merrill Austin (#47301029)
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Bio Photo I have been actively researching my family history for about 30 years. My father's grandparents were Norwegian immigrants, who settled in southeastern Minnesota. My mother's parents immigrated from Sweden and settled in north central Iowa. I am an Air Force retiree and have lived in Austin, TX, since 1981.
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Elvin & Elizabeth Slawson
Thank you very much for the transfer of these family members to me.

Added by Carolyn Hebbe McLeod on Oct 02, 2014 4:18 PM
Anna Slayton
Thank you for pointing out the duplicate memorial for her. I have removed it.
Added by CHS on Jul 08, 2014 8:09 PM
Kim Haukoos
Hi Merrill, I am currently attempting to connect the Hauskins and Haukoos families. I started a Find A Grave memorial for Lawrence Halvorson per obituary below. I have seen in your Find A Grave that the paper misspelled Lawrence Halvorson first name, I would appreciate it if you could add this data to his memorial. I will place in your edit button his wife's memmorial, at Cedar Rapids.
Thaks so much, Kim Haukoos

Birth: Dec. 19, 1891
Winnebago County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jul. 4, 1924
Black Hawk County
Iowa, USA [Edit Dates]

Buffalo Center Tribune July 10, 1924 (page 1)


Lawrence Halvorson, a former resident of Thompson and well known in Buffalo Center, was drowned while bathing in a river near Waterloo. Mr. Halvorson was the husband of a former Buffalo Center young lady, Miss Josie Hauskins and at the time of his death they were living at Dunkerton, Iowa, where Mr. Halvorson was in business. The remains were brought to Thompson where the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon of this week and burial was in the Thompson cemetery. The family have the sincere sympathy of their many Buffalo Center friends in their sad bereavement.

Marriage to Josephine Amanda Hauskns produced three children.

Lawrence Helmer Halvorson Or Halverson
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
Name: Lawrence Helmer Halvorson Or Halverson
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 17 Aug 1915
Event Place: Buffalo Center, Winnebago, Iowa, USA
Age: 24
Birthplace: Winnebago Co., Iowa
Father's Name: Lars Halvorson
Mother's Name: Ingeborg Dybendal
Spouse's Name: Josie Amanda Hauskins
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1894
Spouse's Birthplace: McCallsburg
Spouse's Father's Name: Christoffer O. Hauskins
Spouse's Mother's Name: Julia Haukoos
Reference ID: pg 267
"Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Lawrence Helmer Halvorson Or Halverson and Josie Amanda Hauskins, 17 Aug 1915; citing Buffalo Center, Winnebago, Iowa, United States; FHL microfilm 1436095.

Ilene G Halvorson 1917

Leonard C Halverson
Birth 30 Mar 1918 in Iowa
Death 2 Feb 1997 in East Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Leonard Carl Halverson
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
Name: Leonard Carl Halverson
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 30 Mar 1918
Event Place: Forest Township, Iowa, United States
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Lawrence Halverson
Mother's Name: Josie Hanskins
Certificate Number: 87

GS Film Number: 1255877 , Digital Folder Number: 004708022 , Image Number: 00641
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"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Leonard Carl Halverson, 1918.

And a son named Lawrence born after his father's death.

Lawrence Halverson
Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935

Name: Lawrence Halverson
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 20 Oct 1924
Event Place: Dunkerton, Iowa, United States
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Lawrence H Halverson
Mother's Name: Josie Amanda Hauskins
Certificate Number: 66

GS Film Number: 1561083 , Digital Folder Number: 004266229 , Image Number: 01243
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"Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Lawrence Halverson, 1924.

Transcribed by: Kim Haukoos
Added by Kim Haukoos on Jun 20, 2014 4:12 PM
Chip Rowe
RE: James McGinnity
Merrill, here are the McGinnitys in the record I have. Notably, Anna is not on list so it must be incomplete. But you could probably add the three new memorials to the Find-a-Grave record for Cold Spring Cemetery:

Francis E. McGinnity
d. 5-13-1947
age 63 years, 7 months, 12 days
last resided NYC
bur. 5-17-1947
O-156 (book 1, page 197

James McGinnity
d. 9-23-1938
age 48 years
last resided NYC
died of coronary disease, bur. 9-26
O-156, book 1, page 174

Maria McGinnity
wife of Frank E. McGinnity
d 1-7-1953
age 66 yrs, 3 mo. 19 days
last resided Cold Spring
died of atheroma arteries
buried 1-10 O-156
book 1, page 211

Martha Ann McGinnity
d. 6-1-1928, age 75
last resided Cold Spring
died of atheroma arteries
bur. 6-3-1928
O-156 Book 1, page 145
Added by Chip Rowe on Jun 15, 2014 6:54 PM
Nancy Smith
Thank you for transferring my mother-in-law Esther Smith to me. Nancy Smith
Added by Nancy Smith on May 12, 2014 8:03 PM
Nancy Smith
Would you please transfer Esther Smith # 59443532 to me Nancy Smith # 46939457? Esther was my mother-in-law.
Thank you
Capital Park, Pflugerville, Texas
Added by Nancy Smith on May 12, 2014 3:59 PM
Kathryn Browning
RE: Aner and Sarah Erickson
My pleasure. I attached it to Sarah's memorial also.
Added by Kathryn Browning on Apr 23, 2014 9:51 PM
Transfer of #57343143
Mr. Austin: Thank you so much for the transfer of Mary Alva Miles Sterzing - I was quite surprised and pleased.
I appreciate all of the work you do for findagrave.
Thank you again.
Added by KaysRoots on Apr 02, 2014 9:53 AM
RE: Jack D Register
Okie dokie! Just thought they might be related to the other Registers you manage since they are in the same section...
Added by Merf on Mar 04, 2014 7:51 PM
Jack D Register
Just added Jack D Register to Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando. thought he may be of interest to you...not sure if it's his parents or not that you manage...

Memorial # 125882782
Added by Merf on Mar 04, 2014 4:39 PM
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