My maternal ancestry is connected to Johnsburg, McHenry and Spring Grove, all communities adjacent to one another in McHenry County, Illinois. Surnames include Schmitt, Kennebeck, Jung (Young), Nimsgern, Pitzen, and several Schaefer surnames. My maternal great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Schmitt, was one of three founders of the above mentioned Johnsburg, McHenry County, Illinois, in 1841. Part of the land which St John the Baptist Catholic Church/Cemetery is on, was at one time part of Jacob Schmitt's land. There is a commemorative plaque in Jacob's honor placed at the foot of his grave site, by our McHenry County Historical Society. My maternal great-great grandparents, Nikolaus Schaefer and Gertrude Schmitt (daughter of Jacob Schmitt), donated a portion of their land in 1894 for the use of St Mary's Cemetery in McHenry, McHenry County, Illinois. My paternal lines of research are Schwartz, Mueller (Müller), Baetz, Kroebel, Eicke and Deckert, to name a few. I also spend time researching my childrens' paternal ancestors who settled in Richmond, McHenry County, Illinois and Walworth and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin. Surnames Foster (Richmond, McHenry Co., IL), Moon and Gifford (Walworth Co., Wisconsin) Boyce [Boise] (Kenosha Co., Wisconsin) as well as surnames Schwarz, Duska, Pahl, and Kavanagh, from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
I strongly believe that memorials Should Be Maintained by family members when possible! Most of the memorials I have created are for my family. However, some memorials I have created are not for my family members, and of these memorials, I will transfer a memorial upon request, to a family member to Maintain, not to be confused with the term "Owned" which some volunteers have taken it upon themselves to use this term, as well as the term being used in the Find A Grave Guidelines,in reference to Transfers, the use of this term "Owned" makes me cringe! The memorial page itself has the terms Created By and Maintained By, nowhere do I see the term Owned By ! Another term that Some volunteers have the audacity to be using in regards to transfers is the term "Memorial Collectors ! Shame on you! When a person requests the transfer of a family member or members' memorial, it is out of love and respect, a wish to "connect" and a wish to simply Maintain their loved ones' memorial(s)! They should Never! be referred to as Memorial Collectors by volunteers! or by Find A Grave!