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genealogyjunkie2002 (#47084755)
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Bio Photo Hi There,

Here is my story and some thoughts……

My name is Matilda Hall or that is what my "original" birth certificate says. I say "original" because I was taken home by an incredible couple at the age of 8 days old and the adoption was final at the end of a year.

When my granddaughter was 3 she had a medical problem and as with most adoptees, I had no family medical history. I had to find who I was and where I came from. So began my search. Thanks to several volunteers in the adoption field, I did find out who I was, the medical history was obtained and my granddaughter is doing great and has made me a great grandmother.

A dear friend of mine who had claim to 25 documented ancestors through the DAR was my mentor the first year of my research in finding out "where I came from". I took to genealogy like a duck to water. Boy what a fantastic ride it has been the last 25+ years.. Most people grow up knowing something about their heritage, I learned mine generation by generation with a ton of hard work, travel and lots of interviews with people. I went from being a "mutt" to a very well rooted American. My Hall and Tarrant families were in Virginia & Maryland 100 years before the Revolutionary War. Yes, I do stand taller and I'm damned proud to be an American.

Any memorials you see listed under my name are my relatives, one way or another. I can honor them by filling in as much information as I have. With the help of this website, I can leave a "trail" for future generations. I can give the brave men & women people who served in the military a special thank you for their service. A relative of mine has served defending our freedoms from before the Revolutionary War through our latest conflict in Iran and Afghanistan.

I don't ask for any memorials I am not related to. There are many kind people who have made memorials for my relatives with headstone photos and then were gracious enough to transfer them to me. To these "angels" saying thank you isn't enough. You really should get a hug for all your hard work in documenting cemeteries that some of us can't visit. If you choose not to transfer a memorial to me, so be it. But I won't add my heritage, which is so valuable to me, or my research into your memorial, it will remain how you made it. If keeping your "memorials made" count high is that important to you, remember your name will always remain as the creator of the memorial. Also keep in mind that has now directly linked FAG memorials to their site. So someone finding a blank memorial will not be very happy or impressed with your management skills. If you are related to a memorial I ask for, please let me know. I am always looking for new "cousins" and I will add additional information.

If you see "no cemetery" listed, most historians will tell you that finding the exact burial places of those in the Civil War and before 1900, well, there are some that are just impossible to find. There were a ton of just plain folks that had family plots at the outside edge of their farms with headstone markers that didn't last. Then we had the Tennessee Valley Authority projects, new roads, residential housing, and shopping centers etc that have eliminated some early burial grounds. So check why there is no cemetery listed. FAG does allow cremations to be added to this site with no exact burial location listed.

My Hall ancestors traveled from VA > SC > GA/AL > TX
My Tarrant ancestors traveled from VA > TN > TX

If anyone has photos of these dear departed, please feel free to add them to the memorial. Individual or wedding photos would be wonderful. If you are unable to, email the image to me with the memorial number and I will gladly add it for you.

Well, that's about it…For the person reading this bio
Howdy, and please call me

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Ingrid,Nils and John Waldorfs parents
Hello. It has been over a years since our last contact.I am not sure if I answered one of your questions. The parents of Ingrid and her brothers was: Nils Fredrik Carlsson (I have also seen the spelling of Karlsson) and Hanna Mansdotter. If you have done any Swedish research you have found out that women keep their maiden last names when marrying. The children last names become the fathers first name plus "Son" (for boys) and "Dotter" (for girls). I have a leed on how the name Waldorf came into play. I found a lady doing research on Ancestry with the last name of Walldoff (that is the spelling Nils used when he came to the U.S.) who is researching the same people as I have been doing.I am waiting for a reply from her.

I remember growing and my Mom told me that Grandpa's last name in Sweden was Nilsson or Carlsson. Evidently both are family names. I know that I am on the right track. I hope to get names of relatives that are in Sweden and visit with them some day. Just wanted to keep up our contact. Thanks again for all your info.
Added by Sherry on Mar 30, 2016 8:00 PM
John Armstrong
not passed away
I am still kicking...just offline for a bit.
Added by John Armstrong on Feb 20, 2016 5:05 AM
Nils,John & Ingrid Waldorf
I have their fathers name as: Nils Fredrik Carlsson and their Mother as: Hanna Mansdotter. Ingrid had the last name of Nilsdotter. Nils and John's last name was Nilsson. Just don't you love the Swedes naming system !
Added by Sherry on Oct 15, 2015 3:15 PM
RE: Mary Cassady #124123013
We've been snowed in for a couple days and it's been so cold, I just didn't want to get out and it's a ways from our house to the office. So, I just called. As I thought, there wasn't much on the ledger. Only thing that might help was the daughter's name: Bernadine Aynes.
Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Mar 05, 2015 9:47 PM
RE: Mary Cassady
This is Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, Del City, OK, which was owned by my husband and his brother, Bill. I have access to the ledger books, but the original worksheets with complete names of close relatives, etc., unfortunately were water damaged several years ago and had to be destroyed. The ledger only gives basic information, but I can check it for you if you like and see if there is anything else that might be helpful.
Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Feb 28, 2015 10:57 AM
Mary Cassady
My info came from the funeral home ledger.
Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Feb 27, 2015 11:15 PM
RE: Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones
I have a couple of pictures of John and Nils Waldorf. I can e-mail them to you if I have your address. Let me know what you want me to do.

Added by Sherry on Jan 29, 2015 9:02 PM
Joseph Seeley
Thank you for the transfer! :-)
Added by ProgBase on Jan 16, 2015 8:31 AM
RE: Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones
Thank you for the reply. It makes me very happy to see my family growing. One more question please. Did your GM talk about any other siblings that were still in Sweden. Through some research I got 3 names but because of the patronymic naming system that Sweden used until the end of the 19th century there are many children given same names. So confusing. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I wish I could have tasted some of that Swedish cooking. You are very lucky to have known GM Ingrid.
My GF John died before I was born. My Dad never spoke about him. Thank you again.
Added by Sherry on Jan 05, 2015 9:53 AM
Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones
I am the granddaughter of John Waldorf who is brother to Ingrid and Nils Nilsson Waldorf. I saw where Ingrid spoke about Nils picking her up at the train station when she arrived in Colorado. Does anyone remember her speaking of John? He emigrated from Sweden around 1889 to Colorado. He later married and moved to Cincinnati,Ohio around 1930. I thank you in advance for any help you may give.

Added by Sherry on Jan 03, 2015 6:20 PM
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