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Roger H. Vartabedian (#46794830)
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I currently live near Tacoma, Washington having moved here from Sacramento, California and have been intrigued with my own genealogy for several years.

I am retired from the U. S. Air Force and now retired from the State of California and drawing my Social Security. Now my hobbies are fishing and genealogy researching.

I have located some very famous people in my mother's lineage (Aaron Burr, General John Bidwell and some others) and this makes looking at history a bit different. On my mother's side I have lineage going back 32 generations in Wales. Still much more investigating to do.

My wife had ancestors that came over on the Mayflower and her 11th GGF was James Chilton, on of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.

I enjoy looking for the smaller and older cemeteries to photograph and enter information into Find A Grave. Many in my new area are over 150 years old.

When I do locate a cemetery I attempt to photograph ALL the markers - not just those that might be requested. When I find a photo of a marker that has no information, I enter the information. If you find a memorial I have created and there is no photo then it is possible that I have not yet added the photo as all the memorials I create are created from a photo. I recently photographed the 8,000 internments of the Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Enumclaw, WA. As always, genealogy is a work in progress.

Please email me of any corrections needed of friends or transfers of your family members. Please use the transfer request format when requesting transfers.

Please feel free to copy any of my photos if you need to.
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Diane Jestes
RE: Elizabeth Kjar
The name on her birth record is Boline Elisabeth (spelled with an "S" which is also spelled with an "S" on her gravestone) Jacobsen. That is the name she went by in Denmark.

She went by Elisabeth after she immigrated to the U.S. Those in the U.S. must not have asked her how to spell her name because in our county Elizabeth is spelled with a "Z" and that is what is on her U.S. records.

Her name ought to be first name: Boline, middle name Elisabeth, maiden name Jacobsen, married name Kjar. If you wish, a note could be added to her memorial stating her birth name and name she was known by in her later years.

Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing, and your careful way in which you are doing it.

Diane Jestes

Added by Diane Jestes on May 21, 2017 11:32 PM
RE: Harold J Snowden #38416472
Hello, Roger,
The CA Birth Index has his name as James H. Snowden, b. 6 Aug 1924, Madera County, CA. Like most of the children in that family, he used his middle name. He was married to Geraldine Dickinson Snowden (# 38416471).
Parents were James Gideon "Gid" Snowden (#138465758) in Fresno County and Goldie Loretta Montgomery Snowden (#145731187) in Madera County. Also with Goldie are three brothers and a sister-in-law.
Actually I am not closely related enough to the family to qualify for having them transferred. Gid's sister, Fannie, was married to my great-uncle. But I can provide a lot of info about most of them.
I, too, am retired military and am not able to get out much but I do enjoy my genealogy research.
Thank you, Chris
Added by Chris on May 10, 2017 12:15 AM
Harold J Snowden #38416472
You have dob as 8 Aug 1924 in Oregon.
I have Harold James Snowden, dob 8 Aug 1924 in Madera County, CA (California Birth Index). Son of James Gideon (#138465758) & Goldie Loretta (#145731187)(Montgomery) Snowden.
Is it possible these are both the same person?
Trying to get my info correct before I add the wrong person to my tree.
Would appreciate your help.
Chris (#46852418)
Added by Chris on May 07, 2017 11:45 PM
JD Schumann
Ernest Lang Galligan (1909-1982)
Hi, I am a descendent of the Galligan family. By chance, can you please link Ernest Lang Galligan to his mom and dad.

81148314 Mother
88495871 Father

Thank you!

JD Schumann
Added by JD Schumann on Apr 03, 2017 4:59 PM
Nellie Blythe Sorenson #9965622
Nellie was 2x great aunt on my mother's side, or my gramma's aunt. Nellie Blythe Padgett-Sorenson born Dec 1886 was the daughter of Thomas J Padgett 1838 - 21 Mar 1900 and Electa S or N Bolin Nov 1851 - 18 Jul 1916. Electa passed in Enumclaw, WA and Thomas passed in Washington as well. You might have Electa and Thomas' headstone photos. I would be very interested in Electa's headstone photo. You see because of a family story of a dispute between cousins over gramma Electa's treasured turkey platter I was sure that her middle name was Electa Nedra not something with an "S". And that Nellie might be a Nedra as well.

Barbara Springer-Christensen
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Added by Barbara on Apr 02, 2017 4:11 PM
Leone Hanson Sigurdson
King Sannes
Thank you so much for posting the stone for King Sannes. He was my grandmother's brother. I met him many years ago when he and his family visited at Big Woody, R.M. of Swan River, Manitoba Canada. Thanks again.
Added by Leone Hanson Sigurdson on Jan 17, 2017 12:39 PM
Leone Hanson Sigurdson
King Sannes
Thank you so much for posting the stone for King Sannes. He was my grandmother's brother. I met him many years ago when he and his family visited at Big Woody, R.M. of Swan River, Manitoba Canada.
Added by Leone Hanson Sigurdson on Jan 17, 2017 12:39 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Genevieve B. Timmons
It's time for a new photo or their head stine.
Genevieve passed away in 2014. Please put a copy
on her memorial.
Thank you,
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Dec 29, 2016 5:00 PM
Judy Ferrari
Thank you for all the photos you have taken in cemeteries, and then sharing with us...the families. Hugh Kinkade is my 2nd great uncle, my great-grandmother Ellen Josephine Kinkade Heaton Joiner's half brother. His wife's name was Mary Josephine PUTTMAN but I see that someone just put Josephine and not Mary on her headstone. Hugh and (Mary) Josephine married 17 Nov 1913 in Enumclaw, King, WA. I am Judy Ferrari,, and I'm registered as a Find-A-Grave user. I have a picture of Hugh Kinkade taken when he was a young man, but I have no idea as to how to post it to Find-A-Grave.
I have sponsored Hugh Kinkade's page. Thank you again for your work on this cemetery!
Judy Ferrari
Added by Judy Ferrari on Nov 11, 2016 11:27 PM
memorial 38416207 and 8
William Harrison Holcomb and John Flavel Holcomb are cousins.

William was born in Simsbury Hartford County CT circa 1812/1813 according to US census records for CA. In 1835 at Batavia Geauga Trumbull County Ohio he married Sarah Anne Thompson the daugher of William and Elsie nee Hampton Thompson. She was born circa 1816 Sussex County New Jersey.

Sarah’s sister Antoniette was the wife John Flavel Holcomb who was William’s cousin.

They had 5 children: Charlotte b. 9/1/1836 d. 4/8/1893 San Franciso CA; Ellen b. 1838, Georgiana; William Thompson d. 8-9-1862 age 19 at Eugene City Oregon which is reported in the Mountain Messenger; and Penbroke b.1841 They were all born in Trumbull County Ohio.

When Sarah died circa 1849 at Vernon County William sent his eldest daughter Charlotte then 14 to live with John Flavel Holcomb then residing in MO. and his other 2 daughters to live with his sister Janette then residing in Rockford ILL.

William H. Holcomb was enumerated in the 1850 Msopotamia, Trumbull Co. OH, federal census.

At some point John Flavel and family moved to CA taking Charlotte with them. No later than 1860 William and his 2 sons also moved to CA to the township of St. Louis, Sierra County.

On 6/2/1860 for $600.00 William purchased a store located on Main Street that he had been managing for some months. Deeds Sierra County Book D p.766 He also purchased a home which he homesteaded located nearby which he shared with his young wife Cynthia surname unknown. No record of their marriage has been found. According to the 1860 US census Cynthia was then age 26 which was 22 years younger than William. According to this census she was born in Ohio therefore they may have married there.

About a year later William became seriously ill. His doctor advised him to move to a healthier environment which he did and sold his store on 4-17-1861 and thereafter moved to Indian Ranch a foothill in Keystone Valley La Porte County which was nearby his cousin John’s farm. William’s health did not improve but rather declined rapidly; he did 7-16-1861 at age 49. He is the first to be buried in the Keystone Cemetery in the John Flavel Holcomb’s family plot. His marker simply reads Cousin Harrison the name the family called him. Register of Graves Keystone Cemetery Row 4 Lot 18. His cousin John died a week later and his grave is next to William’s. See a Grave provides a photo of the marker.

All the above info unless otherwise indicated is taken from the “The Road Thru Rabbit Creek-The Search for Gold in Old La Porte, author Emma Barham Callaghan the grand daughter of William’s eldest daughter Charlotte. All dates she states are based on the Barnham family bible. Book published 1999 Great Basin Press Reno Nevada.
Added by Hokey on Sep 26, 2016 5:37 PM
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