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Tom Nelson (#47054245)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired federal employee who fell into doing some online family research for a friend of mine - a McKenzie - and now I'm in so deep I can't get out! Most of you probably know the feeling. But it's a harmless obsession which I enjoy so I'll stick with it until I pull out the rest of my disappearing hair. I try to post most of my findings on Find A Grave so if you're interested in the McKenzie family who settled in central Missouri after emigrating from North Carolina via Kentucky, just enter the last name - mckenzie - in the box to the right and take a look! As for my own family, some surnames would be Fallas, Fallass, Bray, Oechsli, Mills - all of those in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 - and, on the Swedish side, Nilsson and Waldemarsson in the province of Skne ln.

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Johnson County, Kansas cemeteries

Veterans' Gravesite Locator

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Jackson County, Missouri marriage records

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America's Obituaries & Death Notices (NewsBank)

Kansas City Star/Times pre-1991 obituaries

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McPherson County, Kansas Public Library

Midwest Genealogy Center - Resources

Kansas City Public Library - Digital Gallery

The illustrated sketch book and directory of Jefferson City and Cole County (1900)

Cole County (MO) Historical Society

State Historical Society of Missouri - Newspaper Collection

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Missouri River Regional Library - Jefferson City, MO


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Fred Grunwald
RE: Thomas H. Geary in Calvary Cemetery
Thanks - you might be premature in removing your photo requests. Not finished photographing Block 7 and she may be in another row. The first two were not adjacent to each other.
Added by Fred Grunwald on Nov 23, 2015 3:35 PM
St Marys
Hi Tom

I should have added - I didn't have anything with me to cut through the undergrowth on George and Pamela's grave, otherwise I would have done so. If you want me to do that sometime, just let me know. I also have other pics from St Marys and also of St Luke's so will send you those by email. Every time I looked for a Woodall grave, there seemed to be a tree in the middle of it. You will understand when you see the one for Beatrice!

Added by Jacqui on Oct 25, 2015 1:04 PM
George Woodall
Hi Tom

Please can you delete one pic from Geo as I have another pic to upload for him.

Added by Jacqui on Oct 25, 2015 1:01 PM
RE: The Woodalls in St. Mary's Churchyard, Kingswinford
Hi Tom

Ha ha :) I shall have to root for the New York Mets then because I lived in New York for a couple of years and went to watch them a couple of times - I think I even still have a pennant somewhere (it was 20 odd years ago!).

Added by Jacqui on Oct 24, 2015 11:47 AM
RE: The Woodalls in St. Mary's Churchyard, Kingswinford
Hi Tom

No problem :) They are forecasting a sunnier day tomorrow so I shall have a drive back up there and a good nose round to see if I can find any others. I'm kicking myself that I didn't note down any other Woodalls while I was in the record office with the list of all the monument inscriptions in front of me! Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!

Added by Jacqui on Oct 24, 2015 10:49 AM
Geo and Pamela Woodall
Hello Tom

Just wanted to let you know that I was hoping to get a pic for you of the memorial for Geo and his wife but I stopped at the record office to check the location of the headstone and by the time I came out, it was raining cats and dogs so had to come home again. I will get up there again sometime soon - on a finer day hopefully! - and get this pic for you. I have updated the plot reference so at least I know where I'm looking!
Take care
Added by Jacqui on Oct 24, 2015 8:39 AM
RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
Actually, my thought on Sadie (Peats) O'Neal Bryant being his wife comes from the persons name on the application for a miliatry marker - that being shown as Sadie O'Neal Bryant.
Added by Deb on Aug 22, 2015 3:54 PM
RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
Is it possible that somewhere down the line Charlie Jr had a son also named Charlie who signed his grandfather's DC ? Or as you said, Sadie might have signed it out of "convenience" and didn't bother to put "Mrs" in front of it. The signature looks like that of an older person who has shaky hands.

While I was "wondering" about these people; I was wondering if the markers were set at a later date, perhaps years after the deaths - perhaps whoever set the stones got the death years backwards for the father & son?

I'm running out of ideas. All is speculation at this point - just throwing ideas out there!
Added by Deb on Aug 21, 2015 4:12 PM
RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
I'll dig around, perhaps over the weekend, and see what else I can come up with on this name, if anything. I don't know how many African-American names you've researched, photographed, or entered but those of us who have done substantial amounts have discovered that in the vast majority of the older names and family lines that the dates can and most often are, off by a any number of years. I've done them where there is 20+ years difference in the tombstone dates and the death certificates. It can be frustrating when trying to find "documented proof" when the documents don't match.

Thanks - I always appreciate further info!
Added by Deb on Aug 20, 2015 11:55 PM
Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr

Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr #122145004 -- I always appreciate updates and further info on names I've created or maintain, however can you please source your death info for this name? Thanks!
Added by Deb on Aug 19, 2015 5:09 PM
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