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Ann (#46964942)
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Bio Photo Stories of my Illinois ancestors were shared with me by my great grandmother Grace Ellen Smith Scanlon at an early age and this sparked a deep interest in genealogy and learning more about my heritage. After many years of library and Internet research I decided to visit the areas where my Smith, Rowland, and Wilkerson ancestors once lived. I've now made several trips to Illinois, and over the course of these visits have developed an interest in documenting cemeteries. My main focus is on abandoned family farm and small community cemeteries that are difficult to locate and are in the greatest need of being recorded. Although it has been a few years since I have visited these places in person, I continue to research at home and help fellow researchers on the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Illinois website.

My experiences visiting and documenting abandoned cemeteries in Illinois ultimately led me to return to school and earn a master's degree in archaeology. As part of my master's thesis I researched how the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster have been memorialized. I am thankful for my many fellow find-a-gravers across the U.S.A. who helped me locate and photograph the grave of each flood victim so they are not forgotten. This research continues. Join our discussions in the FB group "St. Francis Dam Archaeology".

I do my best to provide complete and accurate information in all my postings. Corrections are encouraged! I will gladly transfer memorials to family and I am happy share my photographs, but please give proper credit: "Ann Stoddard, Find A Grave #46964942". If I have offended anyone by adding their loved ones to the site please let me know and I will promptly remove the memorial.

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Debbie Z*~
Stephen Barnett
Thank you for the transfer!
Added by Debbie Z*~ on Jan 18, 2017 10:36 AM
RE: William H. Nordholt photo request
You're welcome. I chanced upon the graves of W. H. Nordholt and also C. A. Aockerblum while searching for someone else's grave, but I'm happy to add the photos. Chris.
Added by cstreip on Jan 17, 2017 8:30 AM
Vicente E Padilla
Hi, researching I noticed an mistake on a findagrave post. Should be Vicente F Padilla. I'm sure it was a typo! Thanks for your work :)
Dianna Hill
Added by Dianna on Dec 24, 2016 12:12 PM
Angelus Rosedale
Hi Ann,

I am guessing you transcribed parts of this cemetery? Nice job as I know how hard that can be. I have added many headstone photos to those you created w/o one. James
Added by Romper90069 on Dec 08, 2016 11:52 PM
James Robert "Bobby" Campbell
Bessie Roberts 52693559
I think this Bessie Roberts was alive in the 1900 Census. If you have access to Family Tree look up Bessie Roberts L5BZ-GVB and use the links to Sources doing the cross referencing and see what you think. Or you can check the Census directly looking for Bessie Roberts born 1878 living in Montgomery, IL with siblings. Why they are separated from their parents in the 1900 Census data base is undetermined. What happened to her after that is also undetermined. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Added by James Robert "Bobby" Camp... on Oct 20, 2016 7:17 PM
Patty Bilskey
How did you fin the information on Whatt, James & Lorraine Stephenson's. We were friends with his surviving daughter Gladys. Any idea what happened to his wife, Birdie?
Added by Patty Bilskey on Oct 20, 2016 6:50 PM
Gia Lugo
James Holmes and Thea Holmes marriage
Hi Ann,

Here is a link to James Holmes' (Jens Svendsen was his name in Norway) and Thea Holmes' marriage:

Here is a link to their daughter Josephine's christening:

Here is a link to my great grandfather (their son) Lawrence Holmes' (Lars Jensen in Norway) christening:

Thank you,
:) Gia
Added by Gia Lugo on Sep 22, 2016 11:19 AM
Hooked On Family
Obit for Barbara J. Becker - Divernon, Illinois (Brush Creek Cem.)
Barbara J. Becker, 80, of Divernon, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 at St. Johnís Hospital.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Pennington and brother, John Pennington
Barbara loved her family dearly and enjoyed their family get togethers. She had many friends and she enjoyed golf and playing canasta.
Surviving are her loyal husband, Donald; three sons, Steven (Terri ) Becker of Divernon, Stan Becker of Springfield, and Todd Becker of Divernon; two daughters, Kelly (Mark) Burtle of Glenarm and Susan (Mike) Vorreyer of Chatham; nine grandchildren, Shannon Becker of Williamsville, Casey and Cale Becker both of Lincoln, Lyndsey Becker of Divernon, Eric Becker of Springfield, Zach and Kady Burtle of Glenarm and Gage and Levi Vorreyer of Chatham; seven step-grandchildren, Tara (Michael) Vansasik, Stefani (Wade) Garrison, Chloe and Sophia Vansasik and Lucas, Logan and Loch Garrison; sister, Sandra Allman of Florida; sister-in-law, Marjorie Pennington of Springfield; brother-in-laws, James Becker of Divernon and Harold Becker of California; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 3pm till time of services at 5pm at the Divernon United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda Vonck officiating. Graveside services will be Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10am at Brush Creek Cemetery, Divernon.
Memorials may be made to the Divernon United Methodist Church or charity of your choice.
Added by Hooked On Family on Sep 16, 2016 12:46 PM
RE: George Colegrove
thanks someone else has a Charles Colegrove memorial also. I wrote to him. The whole thing is a mess because of the last name missing the e on the headstone.
Added by Agard-Wallace64 on Sep 10, 2016 9:29 AM
Sue Hale Sheppard
John Coldicott # 25710985
Thank you for accepting the edits for the memorial of John Coldicott #25710985

I would be pleased if you would go to my Bio and visit my parents' memorials by clicking on their links.
Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Sep 07, 2016 12:22 PM
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