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Jo (#46927477)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family history for about twenty years now and have been taking photos of headstones for longer. When I get time I also photo document some of my local cemeteries. I'm willing to take photos in and around Sioux Falls as well as Huron, Woonsocket and Mitchell as needed. If you would like me to transfer your relatives to you go ahead and send me a request. As long as they aren't in my direct line I'm willing to transfer them. I believe that if there's a family member out there who wants to maintain someone's memorial then they should be able to do so.

My family consists of the following names: Pearson, Maurer, Jackson, Farish, Luchsinger, Rascoe, Barton, Percival, Poe, Black, Moore, Norris, Stroud, Bicknell, Stoops, Osterdock, Koso, White, Wood, Duckworth

Tennyson, Martin, Harris, Briggs, McKee, Treadwell, Yeakley & Trosper


"The Chosen"

"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story". So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died, to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

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Black (2)
Farish (11)
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Jackson (7)
Luchsinger (1)
Pearson (5)
Percival (5)
Poe (2)
Stoops (4)
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Messages left for Jo (150)[Leave Message]
Fred C Smyth
Maura McTighe Schadt Krentz

Ref. your memorial # 41 143 023, I notice it is a duplicate of # 29 207 299, put up a year earlier and now managed by me. Maura is my wife's aunt. If you are not family and in the interest of Find A Grave accuracy, would you mind removing your memorial, please.

Thank you for your consideration.


Fred C Smyth
Added by Fred C Smyth on Jan 29, 2017 5:51 PM
Barbara Bromm
RE: Stoops
Jo, I am with the Richland County Genealogical Society and donate two days a week at our Genealogy Library. I am working through our obit books and adding information as I work through them. I am not the only one doing this, so hopefully we will run across your family as we continue through. I will check Tues to see if there is any more Stoops in our indexes. Right now we are working in the Olney Daily Mail books. We have other collections from different people that they have donated to the library. I am so glad when I can help someone connect with their love ones.

Added by Barbara Bromm on Jan 08, 2017 9:50 AM
RE: Queen Vashti Haworth Yeakley
I thought the Americus newspaper of the time (Aug 1890) might confirm if Queen Yeakley was in Fruitland Cemetery or the Americus cemetery (Fruitland about 4 miles west of Americus and the Americus Cemetery about a half mile east).

For whatever reason, there is no record of the Americus paper from the end of July 1890 until Dec. 1890. Don't know if it was not published or just missing from the film at the library.

The people who added her memorial might have more information.

Added by Anonymous on Jan 02, 2017 9:03 AM
Melissa Hays
RE: Charles C Hays gravestone
Thank you SO much--it was such a wonderful surprise! Happy New Year to you.
Added by Melissa Hays on Jan 01, 2017 8:39 AM
Melissa Hays
Charles C Hays gravestone
Hello Jo,
Did you photograph the tombstone of my great-grandfather in response to a request? If so, thank you so much! I was so surprised and happy to see the photos--I'd forgotten that I'd made a request. (I can't imagine that anyone else would have been looking for him--he only had 5 children,3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.)
Melissa Hays
Added by Melissa Hays on Dec 31, 2016 10:26 PM
deanna french
RE: S.D. Civil War Vet.C.R.Loveland
Hi Jo,

I sure wish I had photo's of these old soldiers, but I don't. I am always "on the hunt", so should I locate one I will have it p0sted to the Vermont Civil War site, and share it with you.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Nov 15, 2016 9:49 AM
Findagrave reminder
When adding a memorial from a headstone that is not readable, please add the memorial as 'Unknown, Unknown', this is the standard. Please do not leave the name fields blank. Please research and try to find more information so that a name can be added to the memorial. We appreciate your help. Thank you for your cooperation.
Added by Katrina on Nov 14, 2016 10:57 AM
Remember Them Always
Thank you very much for Karolina's obituary. It provided me info I've been searching for, for my family tree. I greatly appreciate it! =)
Added by Remember Them Always on Nov 10, 2016 4:48 PM
Jay Swenson
RE: Peters
Hi Jo, thanks for keeping me updated on these, is there any way you can make sure that all 3 memorials are updated with full names, dates and family linked.
Thank you
Added by Jay Swenson on Nov 08, 2016 7:25 PM
RE: Lillian Sims McNaughton
Thank you for finding this obituary. Yes, please send it to me via my email on Is in word digital form or a jpeg copy? Please send both if you have them.
Added by Lucy on Nov 08, 2016 11:53 AM
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