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Ralph Edwards (#46940414)
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Bio Photo Born Chicago, have lived in IL, MI, Germany, NJ and AL currently, with a summer home, my great grandfather Silas Benjamin Anway's farm house, in Central Lake MI. Graduate of U. of Michigan and U. of Illinois. Retired physicist, communications engineer, and professor. The picture at left is 48 years old.

The majority of my older memorials are for my and my wife's relatives, their spouses, and the spouses's parents. Of particular interest are the surnames Edwards, Westbrook, Nate, Anway, Sanford, Brown, Budde, Wolf, Lanterman, Bordenca, Diliberto, Tortorici, Corrente, Rizzo, LoCicero, Calabrese, LoVoi, and Tamburello. I have source information for my relatives. Virtual cemeteries are my direct Ancestors, Anway/Nanny, Brown and Lanterman. The Lantermans are descendants of Johann Peter Lanterman b. ca 1714 and hs wife. Anway/Nanny are all descendants of William Nanne b. 1720. Brown will contain the descendants of Walter Brown born ca 1727 on Long Island. When I enter a memorial, I attempt to find the parents and link them, if you know the parents' grave locations, please let me know. My sources for my relatives are in the database rtegen on Rootsweb Worldconnect. The link is at the bottom of this profile.

A newer project is the genealogy of Antrim Co., Michigan. For more information on some of the people there (eventually all I can find data for), go to Rootsweb Worldconnect and select the centrallake database. Many memorials in the cemeteries near Central Lake including Southern, Bayview, Dunsmore, Morehouse, Antrim and the two Lakeviews are not my kin and are available for transfer to descendants. Please say how you are related when requesting a transfer. All but very recent graves in Central Lake have been photographed. I will continue to enter unmarked graves from records. I am now going through all the memorials in Southern Cemetery, adding detail, linking individuals, correcting errors, and adding all the entries to the the Rootsweb database mentioned above. So far I've gotten to Carpenter, so it will be a while. However I enter related families as I go. So far 10,700 individuals from Central Lake and the neighboring townships, their ancestors, or descendants have been entered. I am entering grave locations as I review the records, and also adding grave locations as captions on photos I have supplied when I do not control the memorial. If there is no location for a burial in Southern Cemetery, send me a message and I will attempt to add it.
To other researchers in Michigan, Familysearch.org has recently added a large number of death certificates for 1921-1951, and 1897-1920 are available on Seeking Michigan. These have exact death dates, birth dates, and locations. Please use these databases to flesh out your entries and find birth dates for those with no birth date on the stone or when no age or birth information is on the stone. Do this especially for Civil War markers. Honoring our veterans is fine, but giving them bare bones memorials is cutting them short. Also, their military service is not all they did, give them rounded out bios; family comes first. And please, expand the abbreviations used on those markers. It's FINDagrave, Sam'l, Jas, and Jno are not going to be found. If you use abbreviations, expect a correction from me.

I will be happy to add bios, obituaries, correct errors, add links, and credit your contribution. Please let me know how you know what you send.

I never enter duplicate memorials intentionally, except in the rare case when the older memorial was entered under a name different from what is on the marker, usually the name of a later husband. I think this should be fixed by allowing multiple married names for women. In those rare cases I include the number of the other memorial that uses a name not on the marker in the bio. When I create a memorial I use the name on the marker, as the rules suggest, and give other married names in the bio and link to the other husbands. When I link, I link to the older memorial. If I have entered a duplicate unintentionally, let me know, and I will fix it.

I research all entries. If I find solid information that the dates on the marker are incorrect, unfortunately fairly common, I enter the best dates available.

You may copy my photos and put them on your site, preferably with attribution. You may not charge anyone for a copy or use the photo in any for-profit endeavor. If you copy the contents of any bio that is not just a copy or digest of an obituary, as a favor to those who may want the source, attach the Findagrave number or my name.
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Ancestors (45)
Brown (24)
Edwards (47)
Lanterman (71)
Nanny Anway (377)
Transferred (39)
Westbrook (33)
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Messages left for Ralph Edwards (130)[Leave Message]
Buddy Leech
John Sanford Memorial# 165115786
Until I return to Mount Washington Cemetery to roll the stone and take a photo, I added this caption to the top photo @ Memorial# 165115786 basis your SAC.

8/20/2016. The reverse side of the stone is for his wife, Sarah A. Sanford, Find A Grave Memorial# 62906262.
Source: Ralph Edwards (#46940414)

What more did you have in mind? BL
Added by Buddy Leech on Aug 20, 2016 9:17 PM
Jack Franke
RE: Chilson grave
I sent a message to transfer her to Oakwood not Catholic.
I sent a "edit" to add the location of 3rd Addition Block J lot 029
Added by Jack Franke on Aug 11, 2016 12:32 PM
Starfishin
RE: Joanna Brown
Sounds like you've embarked on quite a journey. Thanks for your perseverance!
Added by Starfishin on Jul 23, 2016 11:33 PM
Ed Murphy
John Carnpenter
sorry Ralph...

I just looked at the photo I posted and I can see my reflection in the stone.. I didnt notice that when i took the photo on my cell and posted it.
i will get back later this summer for a re-take.
I am there fairly often. my mothers grave is just up the hill in behind.

ed
Added by Ed Murphy on Jul 22, 2016 6:09 AM
Reena Parkey King
Swanson
Thank you for the up dates for the Swanson's at Maple Hill Cemetery, in Osceola county
Reena
Added by Reena Parkey King on Jul 11, 2016 8:03 AM
Grave Recorder
RE: Day photos in Rosehill
You're welcome. Happy to be of help. I have transferred Emily Day to you for maintaining. I will keep an eye out for the Nate family's graves.
Added by Grave Recorder on Jul 10, 2016 9:26 PM
Carol Barber
Rohie Albert Simonson
HI Ralph!
I just looked at the marriage record of Rohie and Stella Rose. It does indeed list "Liz" Hagelstein as his mother! Thank you for writing!
Carol
Added by Carol Barber on Jul 03, 2016 10:24 PM
Carol Barber
Rohie Albert Simonson
Rohie's death certificate indicates his mother was Dora Wittenberg. He died 19 Nov 1940 at Ionia State Hospital. I can email a copy if you wish. My email is genolady56@yahoo.com.
Carol Barber
Added by Carol Barber on Jul 03, 2016 10:38 AM
Starfishin
RE: Joanna Brown
I got it from the Cayuga Heights history project, which is better staffed and sourced than your average Ancestry post. http://cayugaheightshistory.weebly.com/project-staff.html But that doesn't mean they're perfect, and I haven't gone deeply into it. I suppose one thing one could check is the war pension records.

You do see some Van Boems that would be roughly contemporaneous with her in Albany -- which makes sense, if one is operating under the assumption that it's a Dutch name. There are also some scattered in Western New York, although within a few generations they become simply Boems.

I also wonder if one of the problems with pinning this down is that she might appear in some records as a Van der Boem or Van den Boem.

I understand your reluctance to go with something you feel is not well-supported. The documentation seemed reasonable to me, but then I don' have your familiarity with the family line.

Sorry to not be of more help.
Added by Starfishin on Jun 23, 2016 4:23 AM
Starfishin
RE: Joanna Brown
I got it from the Cayuga Heights history project, which is better staffed and sourced than your average Ancestry post. http://cayugaheightshistory.weebly.com/project-staff.html But that doesn't mean they're perfect, and I haven't gone deeply into it. I suppose one thing one could check is the war pension records.

You do see some Van Boems that would be roughly contemporaneously with her in Albany -- which makes sense, if one is operating under the assumption that it's a Dutch name. There are also some scattered in Western New York, although within a few generations they become simply Boems.

I also wonder if one of the problems with pinning this down is that she might appear in some records as a Van der Boem or Van den Boem.

I understand your reluctance to go with something you feel is not well-supported. The documentation seemed reasonable to me, but then I don' have your familiarity with the family line.

Sorry to not be of more help.
Added by Starfishin on Jun 23, 2016 4:20 AM
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