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Lisa Gerald (#47005408)
 member for 9 years, 3 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo Feel free to contact me with any corrections or additions to my listings!

Please use the "Edit" tab for making changes to data fields; and select "suggest any other correction or addition" to:
1) Add other info outside the data fields
2) To (optional) provide documentation for changes
3) To request a memorial transfer

I'm happy to transfer individuals unrelated to my family (or more closely related to you), or if you have some special interest in them.

Gravestone photos which I have taken may be freely used for any legitimate genealogical or historical purpose. Please click on the photo to make sure that it's mine, and that I did not just add it; I will credit original photographer.

Please also feel free to add more photos to the memorials - portraits, snapshots, etc. If you need more photo slots just let me know; if you have a better gravestone picture I'm fine with deleting mine.

And here's a standing "Thank you" to the usual suspects, for sending corrections, links & additional info for the local memorials; I know your work is impeccable!


Will be handled case by case. I would prefer to do HTML links to grandparent, sibling or in-law's memorials if there is a lack of info on actual burial site of the connecting generation.

There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding about this cemetery. Unlike other "township" cemeteries, it is strictly a Potter's Field, which opened in the early 1900's. There are no burials from the 1800's, no burials of people who died in other places, no burials of those with means, and no re-interments. There are two gravestone; one is that of Thomas Rispin, #54813772, which is visible in the far left foreground of the cemetery photo. (St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery is adjacent.) Later joint memorial plaques have been erected. The Aurora library has a book containing what is known about those interred in the cemetery.


Primary focus is documenting West Aurora Cemetery. Nearly all marked graves now have photos posted; a few fallen, broken, and overgrown stones still need to be identified and photographed. (About half of the documented burials are known to be unmarked.) Please check out the "unknowns" if you are missing a family member who you think might be buried at West Aurora!

Currently trying to merge duplicate memorials at West Aurora. If you see any that have been missed, please post below.

Note: The burial record transcript for West Aurora is incomplete, particularly for earlier decades, and has no entries at all from mid October 1883 to late May 1884.

Problems with plot numbers: Most of the memorials were entered from the information contained in a published book on the cemetery. Unfortunately, there are errors, including the omission of all directional locations. So, for instance, a notation that someone was buried "3g S of 677" has been entered as Section 1 Block 1 Lot 677 Grave 3, when the actual burial was not in this lot, but in the 3rd grave south of it. This becomes apparent when I find more than one person buried in a single grave; and they seem to be unrelated. Without the original records, and with most graves being unmarked, it takes a good deal of research to determine if someone belongs in a lot, or was just buried near it. So I am making an effort to link as many family members as possible.

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Joan Carman
Betsy Phoebe Downing Lyon
Beyond the grave marker, what if anything do you know about this woman? Do you know anything about Joseph Lyon's second wife?

Joan Carman
Added by Joan Carman on Aug 02, 2017 2:46 PM
Hi are you a relative of George Keil?
Added by Riley86 on Jun 17, 2017 7:33 AM
Hi Lisa
Could you take your 4 pictures down of the damaged headstone so we could add more to the site. Sorry I forgot to ask when you did Peter Watgen. This is the same stone.
Thanks for all your work
Added by DTW on Apr 26, 2017 9:05 AM
Michael Erich
Brothers Wiesbrock
# 39765392 Henry to # 54265138 Frank Wiesbrock.

Hallo Lisa,

this boths a Brothers.

Best regards

Added by Michael Erich on Apr 10, 2017 8:21 AM
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Hi Lisa
Could you remove the 4 pictures you added so we could add some . We have pictures of the damaged stones in our files. I'm the one who put the cross on the base. They have fixed it, and I plan on cleaning it before more pictures are taken.
Thanks Dale
Added by DTW on Apr 06, 2017 6:28 PM
Don Toms
Brelsford memorial
Hi Lisa, would you mind deleting your memorial for Edward C. Brelsford who is buried in South Lead Cemetery in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota? It is a duplicate to another memorial for Mr. Brelsford which is complete with obituaries and other newspaper articles as well as local mortuary records and headstone photos. Thanks so much! Don Toms, Lead, South Dakota
Added by Don Toms on Mar 15, 2017 1:42 PM
Mary Heberer
Rosella Ashway
Hi Lisa, I am very interested in your info about Rosella Ashway. She is mentioned in your find a grave for Albert E.Elliott #98120422. I am a great granddaughter of Albert and Sarah Elliott and have some info on Rosella Ashway( marraige certificate for Rosella and Albert Eliott) Do you mind sharing any other things about Rosella with me? For instance, where did she die? How did you find her death date ? I dont find a Find a Grave Memorial for her either. Thanks, Mary Jane Heberer
Added by Mary Heberer on Mar 11, 2017 2:21 PM
William Heckman # 158410914
Please process the Edit you have pending for William Heckman. If he is not your relative, I would appreciate you transferring him to me as he is my husband's cousin. Thank you. Marina Yeager #46871120
Added by Marina on Dec 11, 2016 2:15 PM
Lennis Geiken
Joseph Martin Davis
Joseph Martin Davis b 1847 d 1930
and his son John M Davis b 7-31-1840-7-6-1957

Have the same children
They have the little star by their names and so do children of both men

Different spouses

I don't know who else to tell

Thank you
Lennis Geiken

Added by Lennis Geiken on Nov 02, 2016 3:44 PM
Marjean Holmes Workman
Thank you very much for posting the photos of the Stamborsky gravestone.

Added by Marjean Holmes Workman on Aug 21, 2016 8:37 PM
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