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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 7 years, 5 months, 17 days
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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 US 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-plus 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, unless I am also a direct descendant. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I manage, please use the Edit tab feature 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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Jane Kean's bio
Just an fyi, the Honeymooner's aired from 1955-1956.

Happy Thanksgiving
Added by Bunny on Nov 26, 2015 7:02 AM
Warrick L. Barrett
Quentin Roosevelt
Great biographical upgrade! Thank you!
Added by Warrick L. Barrett on Nov 19, 2015 3:41 PM
Kristen Darr
Catharine Eyman
Hi William! I was reading your bio on Catharine. How interesting! I live down the street from that cemetery and have for 20ish years. Her infant son, John Williams, must have been buried with her. There used to be a tiny grave stone next to her and her father's.
Added by Kristen Darr on Nov 08, 2015 8:20 PM
RE: Gen Sam Sims Walker (Memorial #150664585)
Yes, it was overturned back to non-famous. It was initially denied but I appealed to AJ and complained. He changed it to famous but a few days later, it was back to non-famous. Believe me, I am not happy about this, but there is no one to talk to on this site. I get the silent treatment from all the administrators.

Added by C.S. on Sep 15, 2015 2:34 PM
Judy Schaaf
"Vera Vague" Find A Grave Memorial# 60226601
Hi William. Her original name was Marion Barbara Henshall (the name she used for her first marriage, to Bart Yarborough, who was my second cousin). You can find it on their marriage certificate and on the birth certificate of their daughter Barbara Joan Yarborough. I wonder if you might add that fact to her biography, so others looking for her will know to look up records under that name too?

Also, Bart Yarborough was her first marriage, not her second They married in NYC on 11 Aug. 1927. She married #2, Charles Crosby, on 19 Oct, 1931 and had divroced Bart earlier that same year. #3 was Norman W Morrell, married in 1943. Thanks, Judy
Added by Judy Schaaf on Aug 24, 2015 5:52 PM
RE: Julian Bond
Thanks Bill,
I don't know why it was not taken in the first place. I had to resubmit another one.
Added by C.S. on Aug 17, 2015 11:39 AM
Hamilton Smith
John Quincy Adams ##7
Hi, there!

I am the 1st Tittle/Adams lineage that settled down in TN. Loved reading your bio.

Barbara Smith Dunn
(Hamilton Smith)
Added by Hamilton Smith on Aug 12, 2015 6:06 PM
Robert Todd Lincoln
You state in his memorial that "After graduating from Phillips Exter Academy at Exter, Vermont in 1860, he attended Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1861 until 1865."

I believe he went to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Added by SteveG on Aug 12, 2015 12:12 PM
Bruce Nuckowski
Re: David Vivian Currie
Thank you for the excellent bio for this fine Officer. Bruce
Added by Bruce Nuckowski on Jul 09, 2015 3:03 PM
Andrew Patterson
Regarding Wilfrid Laurier Memorial
I was in Ottawa on vacation and was wondering if you would like to add the grave stone picture of Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the memorial you have on find a grave. It is actually real nice and wouldn't spoil the memorial page at all. If so. I will send you a picture via your email contact and you can add the photo yourself.
Added by Andrew Patterson on Jul 02, 2015 9:21 AM
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