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I also volunteer with the Washington County Genealogical Society of Nebraska, which has an online collection of obituaries (with hard-copy cards of the original news clippings in a public library). The obituaries are for people with any connection to Washington County. The link is free (credit to the Gen. Society is appreciated if used) http://www.newashcogs.org/obits.asp
We want to help people realize they are part of larger families, making a link themselves in the on-going stories.
My husband and I have enjoyed taking photos and learning the stories of times and people gone by. We have heard the scream of eagles overhead, seen large owls swiftly make their silent dives, and watched an antlered stag peacefully munching acorns in an old downtown cemetery in Council Bluffs. Walking through soggy ground in a tiny country cemetery, we wondered why people would bury kin in low-lying areas--until we looked up at the highway, and saw the road was built up, with the cemetery left down level with the ditch (we called the state dept. on that--the first graves were there before that state entered the Union, and it wouldn't take much to dig the ditch a couple of feet deeper). Trying to fulfill a 20th century photo request, I saw in the obit that there would be a Spring interment, suggesting cremation had occurred. Sometimes family members don't always get the job done (that happened in our extended family--the surviving spouse sort of liked keeping the box in the house, and then went on to survive several decades). Trying to locate this requested grave, I called both the Funeral Home and the Sexton, and neither had any listing for this last name at all. I then wrote the memorial creator to see if the names belonged in this cemetery. I suggested perhaps the memorial could be removed, unless he knew for sure Clara and George were buried there (and then it would be a serious kindness to contact the funeral home and the sexton). Sometimes burials are privately made in family plots, particularly with cremains, and it would be a shame to have somebody else buried right on top of the urn just because nobody let the gravediggers know. Sextons from different cemeteries have said that is an increasingly common worry and occurrence. We have learned a lot since we started volunteering with FindaGrave! And to think that as a kid I found history boring :)
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|Emma Walling||RE: Cotton photos in Colorado|
You are very welcome.
|williamsm||RE: Gerald Soll's 1940 birthday and birth state|
The birth date of 14 Mar 1940 is from the Social Security death index. Nebraska as the birthplace is from the 1940 census. Let me know if you would like links to those. I found the records using ancestry.com.
Thank you so much for the updates.
Added by Scott on May 31, 2015 3:38 PM
|SRGF||RE: Wow--Mary E Finnegan obit too!|
You are welcome. I'm glad to be able to help.
Added by SRGF on May 31, 2015 8:48 AM
|Sarah H||RE: Willis Schleusener parents|
Your very welcome. Thanks to you for the edit. Have a great weekend!!!! Sarah
Added by Sarah H on May 30, 2015 7:32 PM
|deanna french||RE: mother of Edward C Jackson (Blair)|
Thank you so much! You are terrific!
|C.C.Diamond||RE: Harold Gould a WWI vet in Hillcrest|
Thank you. We have him on our list for flag placement.
This year we put out over 6500 flags. If you have the chance, drive thru the cemetery. The site is quite impressive. It is due in part to your effort to let us know of veterans buried there, so thank you again for your assistance.
|SandyBenakSchnackenberg||RE: Vela death date at St. Mary's|
Thank you for your work also.
|Dennis Bell||William Gould|
The Gould's are not related to me but would love to add the obituaries you mentioned. Just send me a the info and I will add it to the memorials. If this is your ancestor and would like the memorial transferred just send me a request.
|darryn.rose||RE: Sacco's in Holy Sepulchre|
My source for the Sacco updates is a Sacco family member - but I can't tell you exactly how she is related. This is because it is her husband that is directly related to me yet I still help her with updates to her side of the family even though I know nothing about them. She isn't a findagrave member and asks me to request the updates on her behalf. I know from many years of sharing family information that her updates are solid. She's very meticulous about her research.
All the best.
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