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Jim Shearer (#46589264)
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Bio Photo I am an retired electrical engineer who got into family research a few years ago. Now am an adict on finding family history I live in Michigan, which itself is a font of history, and have found that my family were pioneers and have famous connections, much of which I hadn't known about. Taking pictures of headstones connected to the family has helped tidy up family relationships, since with the headstone dates, a person can go and look up old newspapers for more data. Along with some other sites like, findagrave is a nice way to leave some of that history to be found by others.
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Jess E. Bromley
Thank you
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Jun 21, 2017 11:28 AM
Donna DeVries
Elmer Manville
Well that is interesting as Elmer would be my second cousin. His mom is my mothers cousin and Lotties father Irving Drost is my Grandmother Lottie Hosfords half brother. Irvings mother was Ella Drost and his father was Dirk Drost . My Grandmother Lottie Drost Hosford Mother was Ella Drost and her father was Ira Drost . Ira and Dirk where brothers. Dirk died in June 1888 and two years later Ella married Ira. So thru marrage I guess we are some what related. Thanks for your information
Added by Donna DeVries on May 17, 2017 11:49 AM
Donna DeVries
Elmer Manville
Hello my name is Donna and I was wondering if you are related to Elmer Manville. Elmers mother Lottie Sarasin is my great Uncles Daughter . I am doing reasearch as well and would love to know your connection .. Thanks also for the great picture.
Added by Donna DeVries on May 09, 2017 8:28 PM
RE: Jacob Gladys and Agnes Kucharek
Thank you for the information.
Added by yentnawildrose on Oct 04, 2016 5:32 PM
Dawn M.
Sorry it took awhile to process the edit you requested. I don't get many and finally saw it. I transferred him to you as you are working on the Hawkes. This summer I spent months working on the Reids and related family and still didn't get it all done.

I'll get back to them one day.

Anyone else you want transfer I'll gladly send your way.

Take care.

Added by Dawn M. on Oct 03, 2016 6:35 PM
Leslie Wright Bagwell
Margaret "Lizzie" Huey Moore
My first cousin (twice removed) thanks for the update! I'll send more additions!
Added by Leslie Wright Bagwell on Aug 29, 2016 8:05 PM
Holly L Rowe
RE: Michael Roy Radle
Thank you
Added by Holly L Rowe on Jul 31, 2016 4:39 PM
Elfi Meister
Frank Hoffman
Hello Jim, thank you so much for the article concerning Frank! I didn't know that I had so "famous" relatives in MI :-)
Here some informations about his Bavarian mother:
The birthday of Francisca Rom Meister is 12 Sep 1963, born in Piendling, near Roding, Bavaria, Germany (I have a copy of her birth from the archives in Regensburg). Parents: Georg Meister and Magdalena Haberl.
She immigrated 19 May 1873 together with her uncle Peter Meister (1845-1931) (who married Anna Maria Helmberger in 1879) to Petoskey, Emmet, MI.
She married Mathias Hoffmann 19 Feb 1882, Emmet, MI.
-Barbara Frances Hoffmann (1887-1888)
-Francisca Ann Hoffmann (1892-1902)
-Johann Mathias Hoffmann (1893-)
-Margarita Barbara Hoffmann (1896-)
-Maria Hoffmann
-Francis Joseph Hoffmann (1904-1969)
-Theodore Emil Hoffmann
-Mathias Jr. Hoffmann

She lived 1880 and 1900 in Bear Creek, MI and 1910 in Granville, Platte, Nebraska.

Regards from Bavaria, Germany!

Added by Elfi Meister on Apr 11, 2016 1:30 PM
Petoskey History
Frank Hoffman
Thanks so much, Jim! A lot of work for you, but needed to be done if possible. And you did it! Rick Wiles, our local historian who you may have heard of, and who writes so many great stories about our area, is in the process of doing a magazine story. (About ithe movers and shakers in the Lake Street area that he calls "The Florida-Petoskey Connection". Something like that. We at Petoskey History, are sharing memorials with him that we have discovered that have been created on Find-A-Grave. Yours is one of them. Actually, Rick has it nailed, but he looks for various sources to substantiate the facts he presents in his stories. Thanks so much! You do so such good work and are always reliable.

Added by Petoskey History on Mar 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Petoskey History
Frank Hoffman
Hello, Jim. Hope all is going well with you. I started to create a memorial for Frank Hoffman (Maus & Hoffman) and discovered you had already made one. I would appreciate it if you would add a biography for Frank. I attached the newspaper article for you to transcribe if you would be so kind to do this. Then I will delete the article. The original is located at
Thanks, Jim, for considering my request.
Added by Petoskey History on Mar 25, 2016 1:20 PM
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