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Alva Van Houten (#47186828)
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Bio Photo I have been a genealogist for over twenty years. As part of my research, I photographed family gravestones and have posted them (and others) on Findagrave. Anyone wanting these posted photos (for their own family research) is welcome to make copies or to contact me for a copy.
Since I wrote the above, my interest in posting to Findagrave has changed. I started with just my family tree, but I have expanded to doing unrelated gravestones & memorials also. Because of personal issues I will not add genealogical information to memorials that is not on the gravestone, unless I personally do the research. By doing this I avoid the issue of what the sources are. The exception to this is my own family tree which I have deeply researched in primary sources. Regarding the memorials I have added that are not related to me, I will be happy to and would rather transfer them to a relative of any degree or other person with a vested interest. This is because I believe that a related person will do a better job of maintaining and have more information to add to a memorial along with having more motivation to see to the linking of related persons on Findagrave. But PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR RELATIONSHIP to the requested memorial as part of your transfer request. If you choose to ignore my relationship information request I will choose to ignore your transfer request. Because of my health issues, in the future any requests for changes to unrelated memorials I have, will result in them being transferred to the person requesting the changes. So I am requesting relationship information the same as a transfer request. I hope this is OK with all. Thank you.
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Ramsey County Poor Farm Cemetery
Thank you for the pictures of the Ramsey County Poor Farm Cemetery. The information poster was quite interesting.

I am researching my great-grandmother who was possibly buried there. Her name was Julia Flowers Fiore Darwin. She passed away in 1918 due to the flu pandemic. She was married to Albert Darwin and had six children, one of them my grandfather, Arthur Darwin. I'm wondering if there is a list of people who were buried there and if so, who maintains it?

Thanks for the great information.

Annette M LaPointe
Added by Nettye149 on Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
Hjalmer O. Lindberg

I was just curious where you got the information on the location of my great-uncle Hjalmer's death? Through my family and other sources I have come across, he was killed in action in Tettingen, Germany. I have never heard he was in or near Finland. I am just curious if you found or saw something I haven't :)

Thank you so much!
Added by Amanda on Oct 20, 2014 2:26 PM
Paul Wilde
RE: James B. Van Houten
You're welcome!
Added by Paul Wilde on Oct 16, 2014 4:10 PM
Connie Lou
RE: Richard Stoddard Stiles in Greenwood
Awesome! I wonder if my cousin knows this. I will have to let him know. Thanks so much!
Added by Connie Lou on Oct 04, 2014 3:36 PM
Connie Lou
Richard Stoddard Stiles in Greenwood
Alva - Thanks for posting the markers for Richard Stiles. You also posted a picture photo of R. S. Stiles. Do you know your source or is this from a private collection? I would like to post this to my family tree on ancestry if I could get your permission. Thanks!
Connie Lou
Added by Connie Lou on Oct 04, 2014 1:14 PM
Pooh Bear
RE: Willard Mackey
Thanks so much for posting the obituary. After reviewing this information, this is definitely not the Willard Mackey for which I was searching. thanks so much for your help.
Added by Pooh Bear on Sep 16, 2014 6:40 AM
George Alford
I sent you a message through Ancestry, I think. I am inquiring about the Ramsey County Poor Farm Cemetery. There is a George Alford buried there. He died March 4, 1923 according to a record on I would like to know if you have a picture of his gravestone/marker, or if you have any other information. Thank you very much! Find a Grave Memorial #19130904.

Added by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2014 2:32 PM
Jessie MacKay Finlayson
OK, thanks anyway, Alva. I found LOTS of info on her hubby and some on her children, but nothing on her parents so far. I'll keep looking.
Added by PerseidsGirl on Aug 01, 2014 10:56 AM
Jessie MacKay Finalyson
Hi, Big Man. I was wondering if you could give me info on Jessie MacKay Finlayson, FG #70325178. I thought I had her in my family tree as a daughter of James (b. about 1774) and Anna MacKay, sibling to William, Duncan, Davina, etc. However, unless it's new info, she's not a sibling, but must be part of the extended MacKay family. Do you know who her parents or siblings were? Thank you for any info you can give me.
Added by PerseidsGirl on Jul 31, 2014 9:54 PM
Olive Hoffman
Champlin gravestone photos
I just found the photos/family info you posted for the Champlin family - Alfred, Paulina (Adams) and others. Are you, by any chance, related to/descended from any of the Champlins? You seem to have taken so much time with the info; I am trying to find anyone who can help us get some answers about a relationship that is known to exist - just do not know how! Something keeps eluding us. Thanks for all your time and effort on this.
Added by Olive Hoffman on Jul 29, 2014 5:11 PM
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