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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 8 years, 10 months, 16 days
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Bio Photo I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the US Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30-plus years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.

I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.

I am acceptable to transferring memorials on Find A Grave to anyone who requests them and who is a direct descendant of the person whose memorial I have posted, unless I am also a direct descendant. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I manage, please use the Edit tab feature and I will gladly make the necessary correction(s). Also, I do not object if anyone posts pictures to any memorials that I created and still manage.

I do not have the ability to instantly make any changes or corrections to the Famous memorials that I have posted. Only the Find A Grave administrators can do that. If you should find an error on any Famous memorial that is credited to me, please contact and provide them with the required changes/corrections.

One final note: Any rude or discourteous messages that are addressed to me on this forum will be ignored AND deleted. I will not respond to them.
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Des Clearwater
RE: Hastings Edward Harington [VC]
Thanks for your efforts.
H.E.Harington was awarded the VC during the Indian Mutiny. He was born 09 Nov., 1832, and died from cholera on 20 July 1861 in Agra, India. Perhaps the Indian cemeteries haven't been entered in the database yet !!
Added by Des Clearwater on Apr 26, 2017 1:38 AM
Des Clearwater
Hastings Edward Harington [VC]
Looking for his parent's names, and his siblings ??
Added by Des Clearwater on Apr 24, 2017 11:30 PM
J brown
find a grave help
In Calvary Cemetery in pottsville pa, there are several Reilly names I am looking for , Frank x SR died 1957 & Charlotte t died 1966 were married and should be on one, I am also looking for Frank X Sr's dad who is James Berard Reilly and may go by Bernard and was married to Mary Ann Hoey born 1847?ANy help with photos would be appreciated
Added by J brown on Apr 09, 2017 1:52 PM
Help with Roger Converse?
Dear, William,

Would you be able to help upgrade this current memorial of this late actor to famous stature? I found this information on him to help you compose a potential biography.

His memorial is 92196834. I hope you can help his plite, he deserves to be remembered here.

Find A Grave #49245357
Added by Mitch on Apr 07, 2017 7:26 PM
RE: Geo. A. Hormel
Many thanks, Bill!
Added by Greg on Apr 07, 2017 12:56 AM
Gen Arthur Murray
Thank you for adding the photo of my great grandfather in Oct of '16. I had never seen that photo before. You folks at Find A Grave do a great service. Thank you again.
Rick Murray, Redmond, OR
Added by RicknRedmond on Jan 02, 2017 4:08 PM
Hi Bill
Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope you have a great holiday. Thank you for the info on Clarence Case..I sent the listings to edit to have them merged.

Added by K on Dec 24, 2016 8:59 PM
Keith C.
William Murray
Thank you for finding/posting William's picture - he was my 3rd Great Grandfather. It's always wonderful to see what our ancestor's looked like and the clothes they wore.
Added by Keith C. on Nov 25, 2016 2:32 PM
Thomas Finley
RE: LTG Richard Seitz Photo Correct?

Thanks for doing the relook and making the change. This was a good image of a younger LTG Seitz as an LTC.
After I wrote you, I happened to have switched to Bing and did a search on" LTG Seitz". Within the photo away pulled up was the image of Colonel Robert Sink but misidentified as LTG Seitz.
Best wishes,
Thomas Finley
Added by Thomas Finley on Nov 07, 2016 8:01 PM
Thomas Finley
LTG Richard Seitz Photo Correct?
Could you please check the photo posted recently(Oct 2016) of LTG Richard Seitz? What was the source?
The officer in this photo just does not resemble the same LTG Seitz I personally met many times at 517th Association meetings over the years. Google the obituary of LTG Seitz and compare. The obit I just pulled up contained an official photo which I easily identify as the LTG Seitz I was familiar. If one compares just the hairlines of each man, it is easy to see they differ. Even in wartime photos as an LTC, Seitz looked pretty much the same even into the 2000's: always trim and fit.
I could be mistaken, but I don't think so.Would be glad to try to locate and copy a better photo for you. LTC Seitz was the real McCoy in real life and deserves to have an accurate likeness displayed.

Thomas Finley, LTC(Ret)
Added by Thomas Finley on Nov 04, 2016 9:02 PM
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