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Pamela Lawson (#47311452)
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Bio Photo I am of Norwegian and Austrian descent. I can trace my Norwegian ancestry back to Christiania/Oslo and Brevik, Norway. Many of my family members are buried at Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago Illinois.

I have been taking pictures of the graves in the older, predominently Scandinavian sections of Mount Olive Cemetery and logging them on this site.

At Mount Olive, the office will look up one grave for free, and charge $10 for every look up after. I would be happy to take any pictures at this cemetery, as long as you can provide the Section/Lot #. Please message me :)

A little history on Mount Olive Cemetery:
Established in 1889, Mount Olive Cemetery was first known as a Scandinavian cemetery. One of the more distinct features of Mount Olive Cemetery is the Archway at the main cemetery entrance. It is one of a few cemeteries to have a bell in the tower that is rung as each interment procession arrives through the Archway.
The old chapel at Mount Olive was constructed in 1889 and was in service until 1960. It has been featured in several history books because of its unique structural design and age. It has also been considered for historical landmark status by the City of Chicago.

Favorite Cemeteries I've Visited: Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA (beautiful!) and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA (for the people buried there and its odd location, hidden among towering high-rises).

Favorite Graves I've Seen in Person: Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, and the Gilbertson Family at Mount Olive (92765528). I love the angel carved into their gravestone.
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Thank you
I want to thank you for helping to connect my family (Martinus)graves. I have only been working on this for 9 months. It's good to have so many connected.

Donna Mae Addy Snider (Mother is Grace Martinus)
Added by donna on Nov 05, 2016 4:44 PM
Katherine Kemp-Doyle
part 2-
if you could also put the grave picture you have for Betty Joan Wahlborg on her page, and the one grave that has Billy Wedin, I made him a page "william wedin" thanks much for this
Added by Katherine Kemp-Doyle on Jul 16, 2016 6:50 PM
Katherine Kemp-Doyle
Lindenau & Fredericks Families
I can't omg..thankyou so so so much, I never ever imagined the photo requests would get answered, there's so many people requesting stuff and I just never I cant tell you how much this means to our family, we are truly and immensely grateful to you. Most of the family has scattered across the states and no one is close enough to go and take the pictures. Hazel and her husband charles are my great grandparents, and augusta is the female head of the fredericks family, and all those lindeneau pictures you took!

I'm so amazed and there just are not words for how much thanks i can give you. You even found Anna Mathilda and Eric Sigurd! I've been searching for them and ta da! they were buried next to spouses and now of the records even said that. I'm so thankfull really I am, I made pages for both Anna Mathilda, wife of Eric Lindeneau and I made a page for Eric Sigurd, husband of Isabell, so if you could put in the photos of the graves I'd appreciate it.

Again, Pamela I cant thank you enough for the wonderful thing you have done here today.

From the bottom of my heart, you have the eternal thanks from the Fredericks & Lindeneau Families
Added by Katherine Kemp-Doyle on Jul 16, 2016 12:16 PM
Quote Your Information Request

As an artist, I wish to present my loved ones memorials as stories that paint a picture of both themselves and their burial day.

May I please use the following information of yours on my 2 Christensen ancestors memorials for Mount Olive in Chicago?

"Established in 1889, Mount Olive Cemetery was first known as a Scandinavian cemetery. One of the more distinct features of Mount Olive Cemetery is the Archway at the main cemetery entrance. It is one of a few cemeteries to have a bell in the tower that is rung as each interment procession arrives through the Archway." -Pamela Larson


Added by Andrew on Feb 06, 2015 1:22 PM
RE: Mount Olive Cemetery
Thank you so much. Just curious, on Ragnhild Egebak Christensen's memorial I have only added 3 photos. You might try again please. Thank you.

Also, I have the plot numbers for both graves listed on the memorials. I acquired those yesterday.

They also sent me a map showing the location of each. Would you like me to email that map to you.

Many, many thanks.


Added by Andrew on Feb 06, 2015 1:07 PM
Mount Olive Cemetery
Hello There,

I, too, have ancestors in Mount Olive Cemetery. I just learned this yesterday. We are of Danish decent. I have created memorials for my 2 loved ones.

I would be honored if you would attach your photo and caption of the "Viking Water Fountain at Mount Olive in Chicago" to my ancestors memorials. I love it.

Christian Peter Christensen #141987059
Ragnhild Egebak Christensen #141988948.

Lastly, I did submit photo requests for the above mentioned memorials. I see you are willing to photograph Mount Olive too, so I will mention to you also that I am looking to obtain photos of these graves. Might have to wait for the snow to melt, huh?


Added by Andrew on Feb 06, 2015 12:31 PM
Jerry Coffman
Kathryn Hanson
I see you set up and took a picture of the headstone on this memorial. I am trying to locate Paul H Hanson born 1898 in Kansas and had moved to Illinois. I did find he had married a Kathryn but not sure what her name was before the marriage.
The memorial for Kathryn is #94776333 and I was wondering if when you set it up you might have had more info on her that you can give me to see if she is the wife of Paul Hanson.
Thanks in advance
Jerry Coffman
Added by Jerry Coffman on Nov 03, 2014 9:55 AM
Karen Engel
Thank you
Thank you, Pamela, for adding some photos to the memorials that I have added on Find A Grave . . . I really appreciate your help!

Karen Engel =)
Added by Karen Engel on Oct 12, 2014 12:50 PM
Mike Sweet
Gustaf & Clara Carlson's memorials
Thank you so much for transfering Gustaf & Clara Carlson's memorial to me. I really appreciated your time and effort in posting the memorials originally.

Mike Sweet
Added by Mike Sweet on Sep 28, 2014 5:05 AM
Lisa Machan
Riiser Graves
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph the Riiser graves. They were my great-great-grandparents. One of their two sons changed his name to it is interesting that he must have decided to put his re-imagined name as theirs on the headstone.

I live in California. Thank you for being my legs and eyes in Chicago~ It is a wonderful gift!

Lisa Machan
Added by Lisa Machan on Jun 02, 2014 2:33 PM
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