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John Stoutimore (#47701677)
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Bio Photo I am researching Jacob Staudenmayer and progeny. Jacob and wife Dorothea Metzler arrived in Philadelphia on the Countess of Sussex in 1765. They spent about 15 years in Germantown, Pa., then moved to Shenandoah Co., Va., and on down the valley to Augusta, Rockingham, and Roanoke counties. Current surnames are: Stoutemyer, Stoutamyer, Stoutamyre, Stoutamoyer, Stoutamire, Stoutamore, Stoutimore.

Most obituaries that I post are from "Chronicling America Newspapers", a valuable free resource which doesn't get as much use as it should.

See for old Missouri newspapers. A few are also imaged at Chronicling America, but most are not, so this is another great free newspaper source.

Under 1% of old newspapers are available online. Many states have libraries of old newspapers on microfilm. Google "Missouri Historical Society newspapers on microfilm" for a list of their vast holdings.* Their library is on the M.U. campus in Columbia, Missouri, and the University Avenue Bed and Breakfast is a short walk away. I've stayed in several B&B's, and can attest that this one is supreme. I spent a week there reading old Missouri newspapers on microfilm. It was an ancestry geek's dream vacation. Don't expect to book a room at this B&B on an MU home-game weekend. *(Borrow their newspaper reels on inter-library loan through your local library for $15).

I format obits with the GIMP digital editing program. It is common among Linux users, but a Windows version is also available. It's free and comparable to PhotoShop. To format an obit, first save the newspaper banner separately. Then save the obit separately. Rotate them as necessary, and clean them up using "Enhance; Unsharp Mask" and "Colors; Brightness-Contrast". Use the "Crop" tool to clip off unneeded parts. Erase any remaining original column lines and ink blobs with the eraser tool. When the obit body is finished, use the text-tool to add the city and publication date above the obit. Save. Now drag the banner you've previously saved onto the obit. Use "Layer; scale" to size the banner to the obit. Then use the "Move" tool to position the banner. Right-click and select "Image; Flatten". Crop the entire image, and make a suitable border with "Filters; Decor; Add Border". Flatten; and save under a new XXXXX.jpg name. This is a short guideline. There are many other steps. (For example, if an obit is dark in one part but faint in another, you can select parts for color/contrast editing). My first obit took a full day. It was one column, the entire length of the newspaper. I saved it in pieces, then pasted the pieces together to make 3 columns.

Google "Missouri Digital Heritage death certificates" for free death certificates from 1910-1963. Missouri has some pre-1910 death records, but death reporting was then performed by counties. Compliance was voluntary and was often ignored.

Google "Missouri Digital Heritage Plat Maps" for old county plat maps. They are a big help in locating lost farm cemeteries. These county atlases have more than maps. Many have wonderful artwork of people, buildings and farms. Use GIMP, PhotoShop, or the like to edit the images.

Lost Cemeteries. Use old plat maps or land grant papers to find the Section-Township-Range where the cemetery was situated. Many county assessors allow online property searches where you can locate the current owner by searching on Section-Township-Range. Then use Google Maps in satellite view to search for likely places for the cemetery. If you're lucky, you may even see gravestones.

Many have ancestors who were in Virginia. Google "Virginia Chancery Index" for Virginia Chancery Court records. The records include many suits listing a decedent's heirs.

Permission is granted for any noncommercial use of any photograph or image that I've posted. If you have a better quality image than one I've posted, kindly advise me and I'll delete mine so you can post yours.

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Eli Chandler
Frances W. Tolson Harvey
Hi John, thank you for adding Frances to the graves in Lee-Harvey Cem.. I think you are right and she is in there. I have been recently doing more work on Bio.`s for the people in there and found that she married James E. Harvey on October, 26, 1843. Thanks to Rita Bodily for her research too. The marriage record calls her husband James S. but of coarse this is not right it is James E. and you got that right as well. When you have the time would you please add this to her bio.. I know she does not have much of a bio. yet but just the paper copy you added as a picture. Thanks for this as well. I will have more to add eventually but this will let people know that we have the right person in the right place. No gravestone exists for her but that may be corrected as well because I am adding stones to this cemetery as I can afford them. More to come I hope. Again, thank you for your valuable help. Sincerely, Eli Chandler
Added by Eli Chandler on Mar 12, 2017 2:16 PM
Ellen Bishop
Thanks for the
information on Allula Sutherland
Added by Ellen Bishop on Feb 21, 2017 10:36 AM
Rebekah Billings
RE: Major Family Cemetery
Sorry, I moved out of Missouri (where it was accessible at the Midwest Genealogy Library), so I don't have access to that book anymore.
Added by Rebekah Billings on Feb 18, 2017 11:11 AM
holly k
littlefields at nauvoo
any idea which wife is their mother?
Added by holly k on Feb 06, 2017 10:26 PM
John James obit
Thanks for the obit for little John. So sad.

Very appreciated!!
Added by PShannon on Jan 26, 2017 5:38 PM
Charlene Birt Raddon
N.Y. Woolsey
Thank you so much for the obit on Nehemiah. I did not have this information in my records.
Added by Charlene Birt Raddon on Jan 19, 2017 11:09 AM
Michael J. Von Gebel
George Lucas-Jackson Cemetery
Hi John,

Thanks for the news story on George Lucas it has been posted to his memorial with credit to you. Thanks again.

Michael J. Von Gebel
Added by Michael J. Von Gebel on Jan 15, 2017 4:01 AM
Gracie's Grammy
Sorry, I forgot the name. Did she die as a
result of childbirth? There is a baby who
died shortly before buried in Bellefontain.
Added by Gracie's Grammy on Jan 04, 2017 10:10 AM
Never Forgotten
Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate the obits and other post. The links to Mo newspapers is so appreciated. You are making the world a better place.
Added by Never Forgotten on Dec 24, 2016 5:45 PM
Dellinger, Nettie May - 12297 6256
Dear John Stoutimore,

Once again I thank you very much for not only Transferring Nettie to my care, but so very kindly providing her published death notice!

Best wishes to you and yours for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Always, in F-A-G brotherhood,
Added by E49 on Dec 08, 2016 5:04 PM
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