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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
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Bio Photo I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30 years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.

I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.

I am acceptable to transferring memorials on Find A Grave to anyone who requests them and who is a direct descendant of the person whose memorial I have posted. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I have posted, please contact me through the Find A Grave message board and I will gladly make the necessary correction(s). Also, I do not object if anyone posts pictures to any memorials that I created and still manage.

I do not have the ability to instantly make any changes or corrections to the Famous memorials that I have posted. Only the Find A Grave administrators can do that. If you should find an error on any Famous memorial that is credited to me, please contact and provide them with the required changes/corrections.
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Dorothy Sparks
Phyllis Frelich
Let you know that the picture that you put in Phyllis Frelich is Linda Bove. She is alive. Please omit it from the screen.

Thank you!

Dorothy Sparks
Added by Dorothy Sparks on Apr 15, 2014 6:52 PM
John Quanrud
Many thanks!
William, I was so pleased to find the wonderful photo you posted for Ole Quanrud and his family. Thank you for taking the trouble to make it available. Much appreciated!
Added by John Quanrud on Apr 11, 2014 6:52 AM
albert walavich
Maria Tallchief
You created a record for Maria Tallchief indicating that she is buried in Graceland Cemetery. While there is a large Paschen family gravesite in Graceland, neither Maria nor her husband who predeceased her are in the family lot. I note, by the way, that the memorial created for Henry indicates that his burial spot is unknown.
Added by albert walavich on Apr 08, 2014 9:40 AM
Philip Hoffman Seymour
Hi William:

I just want to give you an update that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was cremated. The ashes were given to his family following his funeral. I have to pass the info to you. was the source. Thanks. Best of luck.

Added by Ghoulfriend14 on Apr 01, 2014 2:55 PM
RE: Jerry Corbitt (Memorial #126222761)
Thanks Bill

Added by C.S. on Mar 12, 2014 3:06 PM
RE: Jerry Corbitt (Memorial #126222761)
Yes, you are correct Bill. I sent a message to ask that the pic be removed.

Thanks for catching that error.
Added by C.S. on Mar 12, 2014 1:50 PM
RE: Jerry Corbitt (Memorial #126222761)
Hi William,

Are you sure? Because it clearly says Jerry Corbitt from the site it came from. If you find one that is of him can you please post it? I will ask that the other one be removed.

Thank you,
Added by C.S. on Mar 12, 2014 1:45 PM
Martin Douglas Packer
Charles Robert Darwin
"He spent the summer of 1825 as an apprentice doctor, helping his father treat the poor of Shropshire, before going to the University of Edinburgh Medical School in October of that year, which at the time was the best medical school in England*."

*change to Scotland, please; thanks, Martin Packer.
Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Feb 27, 2014 7:25 AM
Chris Hobson
RE: Gabby Hayes
I sent a message to Find a grave...Beyond the soldiers in the various wars Gabby is my first famous person and I sure hope they connect him to his parents as I know there are other people in this area who would like to see this done....
Added by Chris Hobson on Feb 01, 2014 6:48 AM
Chris Hobson
RE: Gabby Hayes
I will try that.. I take it you cannot go into the memorial and place the numbers in his bio?? My Mother actually met Gabby once and it was one of her girlhood memories
Added by Chris Hobson on Jan 31, 2014 8:39 PM
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