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Aleta "Riedell" Gerard (#47477878)
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Bio Photo In the fall of 2010 I found myself in a forgotten cemetery in the middle of a soybean field in Williams Port, Ohio with my adoptive parents, Robert and Carolyn Gerard. We were searching for grave markers for ancestors of my father who served in the Revolutionary war. Little did I know that day would change my life forever.

Knowing that I was adopted at birth set me on a journey to locate my birth family. I've always known they were out there but curiosity simply got the better of me. Since that day, I have found my mother, older Half-sister and Half-brother, and several cousins separated by up to 4 generations and many migrations.

My research has taken me on an eye opening journey, discovering that my mother had also been adopted. With her death certificate in hand, I turned to Missouri court records to get her birth information only to be told "you will need a court order to open the records". I hired an attorney who was also denied access.

I got involved in the wonderful world of DNA, that puts an end to family secrets and lies. The most startling discovery was that my mother was actually adopted by a branch of her own biological family several more generations back. By finding fourth cousins, who are first cousins to each other and a second cousin to me that are also related to them, I can identify a set of great grandparents from Linn County, IA. I have also found that I am related to some 25 adoptees that are also searching for their family. What is true for me, stands to be true for everyone even if we do not know them personally. I have become an advocate for Adoption reform to allow all adult adoptees obtain their original birth certificates and encourage all to take a DNA test as everyone is related to several adopted persons. This information will help them tremendously. Adoption affects 8 million persons, and many more when you consider children adopted by step parents. I have created to help adoptees and their family find each other and become involved with to change legislation because it is our civil and constitutional right.

It is for these people, future generations, and the many more that I do the research that I do.

The Ridels that I am finding are not as closely related to me as I had originally thought. Therefore, most of these memorials that I have created are available for transfer to a closer member of the family.

If you have a change request, please send a support ticket, do not post it as a message on my page. Thank you.
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Sandy Kreiser
Christina Kreiser Riedell
Thanks for the transfer; I will take good care !
Added by Sandy Kreiser on Jun 03, 2016 1:49 PM
Dana Calderwood Cataldi
Mention of Mary Riddle in letter from my ancestor Rachel Harris.
Cedar City May 20th 1885

Mr. Daniel R. Evans,

Dear Cousin,

Your kind and welcome letter came to hand a week ago. It is with pleasure that I take my pen in hand to answer your letter. I received your photograph and was very much pleased to get it. We are all well at present, hoping to find you all enjoying the same pleasure. I never thought to tell you that Mary Riddle, our cousin, belongs to the church and all her family. If you want to write to Mary, tell her sho [who] you are, I don't think that she will know you. She came across the sea with your father.

If you know any of our cousins in Montana or Malad give them my respects. Tell them I would like to hear from them.

I haven't saw George R. Hunter in a good while, he has moved out on his ranch about 6 miles from here. He was married about a year ago. He married one of Bishop Lunts daughters. They went through the Temple. We would like to hear from your folks, your brothers, sisters and family and we are all the same address. I gave you their names in the last letter, you can give the folks our address.

I send my love to all in which the family [?].

from your cousin and family

Rachel Harris
Added by Dana Calderwood Cataldi on Feb 10, 2016 10:17 AM
Dana Calderwood Cataldi
riiddle family picture on Welsh Mormon Site
Not sure if you have seen this but this is your Riddle family.
Added by Dana Calderwood Cataldi on Feb 10, 2016 10:12 AM
Dana Calderwood Cataldi
Mary Rowand James Riddle
Here is a nice website I think you would like to see about your welsh ancestors.

There is a very convoluted story about the Saluda explosion survivors and our family. My ancestor was the second wife of William Rowland Sr.... Rachel, who... was the niece or cousin to the first wife. If you look at your ancestors birth date and my ancestors birth date, you will see that my ancestor would have been 8 to give birth to the eldest Rowland. I believe all the Rowland's killed in the Saluda were from the first wife except the baby.

I believe I have this written down somewhere, and would be glad to share.

If you are interested, drop me an email.
Added by Dana Calderwood Cataldi on Feb 10, 2016 10:03 AM
Aleta - I love your biography - how important every family member is!

I have left you a message on Mary Ann Eagles, biological daughter of Elias Eagles. I hope we can link him and also have a link to the wonderful father who adopted and raised her.

Let me know how I can help, if you will consider revising her vital data.

Blessings, Shirleen
Added by history4sure on Aug 26, 2015 3:31 PM
M A Doyle
You asked for Lillian Riedel, Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence, MA.
I did not find Lillian but did find other Riedel's and posted photo's. When I searched for Lillian in Section 19, 5585, I found the headstone for Emil Riedel. Possibly Lillian is buried with the 4 named on the headstone.

The ones I added were not on the cities listing at that cemetery for some reason.
Hope the ones I posted aide in your search.
Added by M A Doyle on Apr 07, 2015 6:38 PM
Debra Thompson Sample
Heather Ann Schmoll
I am researching the Schmoll family and would like to offer a correction on the Find a Grave information on Heather Ann Schmoll buried in Espanola Cemetery, Flagler Co, Florida. Her parents are 'Kevin Ray Schmoll and Joan Marie Anderson Schmoll." Would it be possible to have this information corrected?

I appreciate everyone's efforts with all the volunteer work getting grave stones on the web. Thank you for your help.
Deb Sample
Added by Debra Thompson Sample on Apr 05, 2015 3:41 PM
Sally R. Sprout-Alexander Cemetery
Hello from Northern Michigan.

I have long suspected that Sally R. Sprout was the wife of my indirect ancestor Amos Sprout who died in 1813. Thanks to the photo on Olive B. Riddle's memorial, I see that Sally is buried next to her. Thus it seems likely that she was Sally Riddle Sprout. John Riddle, Olive's husband, was the administrator of Amos Sprout's estate but described in the paperwork as "a friend of Amos Sprout." He was, more specifically, his father-in-law, I think. Have you happened to come across anything about Sally in your research? I'm quite sure Sally was her nickname and her first name was probably Sarah.

P.S. Your biography on Find-A-Grave is very interesting. Hope you are having good luck in your genealogy travels.

You may want to respond to my personal email:

Added by Raleigh on Feb 28, 2015 6:34 PM
Lloyd Paul Brannon, II
Winston Stephen Brannon 68997105
Ok, that 3/28 message was messed up, huh! Would you consider transferring Winston Stephen Brannon to me?
Added by Lloyd Paul Brannon, II on Jun 25, 2014 7:43 PM
Lloyd Paul Brannon, II
Winston Stephen Brannon # 68997105
Would you consider transferring administration/maintenance of Pearl C. Brannon to me?

Thank You,
Lloyd Paul Brannon, II
Added by Lloyd Paul Brannon, II on Mar 28, 2014 2:01 AM
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