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Dennis Sorgen (#47384509)
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I have been working on my family history for many years. I discovered Find a Grave as a data base while looking for relatives. I had spent a lot of time walking through cemeteries as part of my research and always took a picture of the grave marker as a way of keeping records. It took a while but I finally realized I should be putting all these relatives and pictures on Find a Grave so others might get the same benefit I received from other contributors. I have found it to be very rewarding. Thank you to all the contributors who have inspired me and a special thanks to those who have graciously transferred family memorials.

I have three ethnic backgrounds; Norwegian on my father's side and German and Irish on my mother's.

Main Norwegian family names:
Sørgen (Sorgen)
Pederssen (Peterson)
Olsdatter (Olson)
From Vestre Toten, Oppland, Norway

From Hægebostad, Vest- Agder, Norway

Main German family names:
From Stocksberg, Württemberg, Germany


Main Irish family names:
From Belfast, Down, Ireland

From Canada
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Julie Nelson
We went over to San Joaquin Cemetery to look for the markers for the family. There was sever vandalism in the 1990s and many of the markers were destroyed. It appears the markers for Elizabeth Newman Bartholomew #126938672 and Ziba Barzillai Bartholomew #126938543 are no longer there
Added by Julie Nelson on Nov 27, 2014 1:48 PM
Aaron C. Shaw
Hannah & Ole Sorgen

I have attached headstone photo to Hannah & Ole Sorgen's memorials

Added by Aaron C. Shaw on Nov 26, 2014 10:48 PM
Suzy & Rob
RE: William Sachs
Or he may have been the product of an earlier marriage by William, Sr. where the mother died in childbirth or shortly after so William, Sr.'s parents took the baby in until William remarried. I have that exact situation happening twice in one of my branches. And it's a branch of German heritage. I think that was the done thing in a German family. A single man couldn't possibly take care of an infant.
Added by Suzy & Rob on Nov 22, 2014 3:08 PM
Suzy & Rob
RE: William F Sachs
First, you need to know, I am not related, I simply enjoy the research so I have no emotional ties to this endeavor.

I look forward to what you are able to find out at the cemetery in Sacramento.

I have just found another William Sachs. I've found a World War I draft registration card for a William Sachs, born in Germany, that gives a birtdate of November 20, 1873. The problem is, he's living in Wisconsin. So, are there two William Sachs? Did one of them move from Wisconsin to Texas? I just can't find anything definitive. This evening I tried to find an obituary but with no luck.

The search continues.
Added by Suzy & Rob on Nov 14, 2014 9:29 PM
Suzy & Rob
RE: William F. Sachs Jr.
I am going to admit that I got a clue that the William in El Paso might be William Sr's son from a tree on Ancestry but when I looked at it, it seemed to make sense. I am always skeptical of Ancestry trees and do try to only use them as clues.

His death certificate is also available on Ancestry. The URL to give you a link is way too long and complicated. If you have an Ancestry subscription, you can find it by searching with the dates on my memorial. Unfortuantely, the death certificate only gives his mother's given name as Elizabeth and doesn't give her maiden name.

Something you've said in your note that I found interesting is that Jr. & Sr. worked as mechanics on the Southern Pacific. The death certificate gives The El Paso William's occupation as a teacher of mechanics at El Paso High School.

I appreciate you looking into it. For the time being I'll leave things as they are but, as I said, if you find any reason to believe I'm wrong, I will certainly remove the links.

Thank you
Added by Suzy & Rob on Nov 08, 2014 7:48 PM
Sarah G
I was looking up my Grandma Helen's lineage and found My Great Grandparents Christian and Emma Sachs on here! My Grandma Helen is the youngest child and only surviving child of Emma and Christian. I was wondering why she wasn't listed among the children but realized that it is because she is still living. She is 89 and lives in California. She married Kenneth Klingler and my Dad Richard is their only child. My Dad is married to Norma and I am the youngest of their 4 kids. Thank you for posting information on here from the Sachs family. How are you related to Christian Sachs and Emma Weiss?
Added by Sarah G on Oct 27, 2014 11:07 AM
Julie Whiteside Miller
RE: Hellekson Photos
You're welcome. I didnt have to "dig" all that much. (pun intended) :)
Added by Julie Whiteside Miller on May 19, 2014 6:45 PM
Valarie Vine
Chas. & Emma Irey (East Lawn)
I added a photo of their marker today (to your memorial). VV
Added by Valarie Vine on Jan 05, 2014 3:29 PM
RE: Pedersen / Peterson
I know what you mean. My ancestors are Norwegians also, from Norway to MN. My great grandfather americanized his last name from Narveson to Hagen, but used Narveson when he was in the Civil War.
When I get back to MN again, I will look at the Pederson stones. There was a large stone with small ones. It will probably be in 2-3 weeks. I live in Iowa; so when I visit my daughter in MN, I will stop there. Sandra
Added by Sandra on Sep 29, 2013 2:25 PM
RE: Hanson
I entered Jorgine Hanson stone photo. I also entered all the Hanson photos. I remember seeing a Pederson stone. Could the Peterson's you are looking for have spelled it that way?
Added by Sandra on Sep 29, 2013 1:00 PM
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