I love genealogy! I have been blessed with a family that has done a lot of documentation on family lines. From the time I was a young girl, my paternal grandmother took me to the cemetery and told me stories about the individuals buried there until I felt that I had known them. She told me early on that it was important for me to keep up with our family history and to write down all that I could find. I understood that I was to become the family historian. For years that didn't really matter to me. It was not until older family members began to die that I realized how much history had been lost with them. I realized then that there were some things that you could not get back and that my sons would never understand how important so many people were to me and to our family values. Even then, I was working as a professional researcher at Vanderbilt University, was heavily involved in church and community events while raising two sons and nurturing my husband. Then I decided to turn the world upside down and start my own research and consulting business. One day it hit me that I still had not fulfilled my responsibility to my grandmother or to my family. I sat down that day and started documenting our family and extended family where my grandmother had stopped. I utilized my skills as a researcher and my ability to spend thousands of hours sorting through data to find historical documents about the people that came BEFORE my grandmother's list had begun. By that time I was in too deep and enough was never enough. I have always wanted to know who, where, what and why. Answers to questions have always led to more questions. I've traveled all over Europe and the US to find answers to my questions. I've spoken to hundreds of strangers and dug through piles of papers and sat in front of microfiche machines until my eyes couldn't take it any more. Today, I am no longer doing this for my grandmother. I am doing this for myself and for generations that will come long after I am gone. I do not know who will take up this task once I leave this earth but I hope I have a long time to figure that out!
I still have a lot of brick walls to climb over. I am frustrated by the fact that courthouses were burned during the Civil War. I am frustrated by the fact that family documents were lost in fires or tornados. I am frustrated by the lack of information on early census records. Still, I am grateful for the people that spend so much time to digitize historical data and make it available online. I am grateful for community, state and national institutions that correctly archive historical documents. I am grateful for all the people who take the time to correctly document the information on the Find-a-Grave memorials. It seems to me that if you are going to create a memorial, then you need to have evidence based information to use to create the memorial. If we really want to use this resource to "Memorialize" someone's life then it is important to get the details of that life correct. Find-a-Grave is a great resource but it is also a great responsibility for those that contribute information or create memorials. I for one hope that I fulfill my obligations; however, if you find that I have made a mistake please contact me. I do not wish to have my mistake mislead someone that is searching for their roots.
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Sorry for the delay in responding. I am not related to the Osterhaus family. My hometown is Petersburg, Iowa and there are many Osterhaus families living in the area. I photographed all of the tombstones in the cemetery, but don't really have any more information than what I have found in obituaries and such.
Laura Jane Cason Thank you for sponsoring the page for Laura Jane Cason, age nine at death, who is buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston County, Texas. She was the daughter of my great grandmother, Margaret Ann Murchison Cason Beeson, who is buried in the same old cemetery.