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Finn Kin Gal (#47065760)
 member for 8 years, 9 months, 20 days
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Bio Photo I grew up in a home where my mother was an avid genealogist. That was in the old days, before computers, when one had to type or write letters of query, in our family's case, to Finland. When I saw how anxiously my mom would look for replies to her record queries, and how disappointed she would be when she had to send money to get very little or no information in return, I decided I would NEVER do that! So, throughout my life, every copy of a photo, or a document, or a family group sheet my mom sent to us, would promptly go into our 'genealogy box'.

When my husband left military service and we returned to the US, we returned with about ten boxes all labeled 'Genealogy'. Nothing was sorted or organized, for I had no interest in doing so. I only kept everything my mother sent, you know... in case she ever asked about any of it.

I was bitten by 'the bug' in 1990, while recovering from an illness. On a morning talk show I watched, a guest demonstrated ways to redecorate your home on a shoestring budget. One idea was to use what you had in your attic or basement, like framing old sheet music and hanging them on your walls. I had sheet music my mom had given me, so my dear husband found the box of music for me, and brought it to my sick-bed.

I made simple frames from inexpensive moulding to frame sheet music my mother had purchased when she was a teenager. Each included her signature (maiden name, of course), the date of purchase, and where she was living at the time. Once hung, I realized it needed more, so I found pictures of my mom at about the time she made those purchases, and displayed them amongst the framed sheet music.

Then I thought about other family keepsakes we were storing on closet shelves to protect from being destroyed by our six young children, and one by one, they each found their way to our family room, along with at least one photo of the family member who made, preserved, or otherwise had a connection to each item. By the time I had fully recovered from my illness, our family room had been transformed into a family history room.

Through that process, I discovered I could totally get lost looking into the eyes of the family members in the old photographs I found while rummaging through all those boxes, searching for pictures to hang. Surprisingly, I felt a deeply intense longing to know them. But still, I was NOT going to do genealogy! I wanted nothing to do with that! I just wanted to get to know my family, and that was all there was to it! End of story!

Long story, short.... within weeks, I became a 30-40 hours a week genealogist (thank goodness for computers), and have been researching ever since. Not only have I gotten to know my family members and ancestors, but I've gotten to know and understand myself, too, which, in my opinion, is the real miracle of my journey!

I am now at a stage in life where my joints don't bend like they used to, my eyesight is growing dim, and my ability to stroll through cemeteries is nearly impossible. For this reason, I am so grateful for all of you who selflessly visit cemeteries to take photos which you generously post to the many memorials you create on this site. For almost four years now, I have been gleaning the fruits of your labors, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I don't know why it has taken me so long, but now I have finally discovered that I, too, can contribute to this site, as well.

Almost all the memorials I've created, as well as the memorials which have been entrusted into my care by other contributors, are of the direct-line ancestors of my children (or siblings of those direct-line ancestors). So, if you find that I am listed as either a creator or a contributor on a memorial of one of your family members, I would love to hear from you! It's always nice to connect with family, no matter how distant we may be.

Surnames of my Grandparents:
Palkki & Niskanen (Finland to Michigan to Wisconsin to Minnesota)
Hietala & Kangas (Minnesota - both children of Finnish immigrant parents)

Surnames of my husband's Grandparents (birth & adopted):
Skoog & Oswald (Sweden to Arizona to Oregon & Kansas to Oregon)
Howell & Williams (Kentucky & Idaho to Washington)
Zook & Yoder (Pennsylvania)
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Messages left for Finn Kin Gal (47)[Leave Message]
Leslee Bloom Dunlap
Fallen Graver...
Debra you are truly missed. I enjoyed knowing you and would have loved getting to meet you in person.

Added by Leslee Bloom Dunlap on Nov 15, 2015 12:41 PM
Kathy Hartley
RE: Greenberry Mitchell, #13148277
Sorry I have not been active on findagrave for awhile and did not see your message. I was glad to find the grave site and you of course are most welcome to use the photo to share with your family!
Added by Kathy Hartley on Apr 02, 2014 7:26 PM
Bob Bellamy
Bellamy Connection
Hi - would you please add the connection between Anna Etta Bellamy and her father, George: 35623277

Bob Bellamy
Added by Bob Bellamy on Jul 30, 2013 5:45 PM
Mr. M. Jones
Re: Velma Zook Photo

I was out to the Gilliland Cemetery the other day and discovered a crew there working on the inscription for Velma's monument. After they finished with their work I took a photo. I have removed the previous photo from her memorial, and posted the updated photo.

Best regards,
Mr. M. Jones
Added by Mr. M. Jones on Mar 25, 2013 9:40 AM
Pete Newell
William Moody
Thanks so much Finn for the photo of the Moody Family plot! It's a nice picture.

Pete Newell
Added by Pete Newell on Mar 11, 2013 1:58 PM
Mr. M. Jones
Samuel Zook

I'm new to Find a Grave and still learning the rules. It appears that your Husband's Uncle may not qualify for a transfer.

As per F.A.G. Rules,
..."Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren"...

However if you have information you would like to add, please forward it to me and I'll be happy to update his memorial.

Mr. Jones
Added by Mr. M. Jones on Feb 23, 2013 11:44 AM
Mr. M. Jones
Velma Zook Photo

I have located Velma's final resting place. She is next to her husband, Samuel. The cemetery manager has confirmed that she is interred at this location. However the monument has yet to be inscribed with her name and dates. I will post the photo of the existing monument and continue to check back occasionally for the completion of the inscription. At which time I will re-photograph her monument and post an updated photo.

Mr. Jones
Added by Mr. M. Jones on Feb 12, 2013 10:16 AM
Treva Poe
Hiram and Elizabeth Crabtree
I note you have two photo requests at the Bridge Creek Cemetery in Schuyler County, Missouri...Hiram 18344408 and Elizabeth 8863438 Crabtree. You will note that the contributor of the memorial for her states "She married before 1818 to Hyram Crabtree, who also has a cyber grave here" which can only mean they are assumed to be buried there. I have photographed this entire cemetery and walked it at least three times for another look-see. I wish I had better news regarding your photo requests...the markers for Hiram and Elizabeth aren't there if ever (as indicated by the "cyber grave" quote above). With this information perhaps you might want to remove your photo requests.
Added by Treva Poe on Feb 03, 2013 2:37 PM
Bonita Isabella
RE: Transfer of #76217945
You're welcome. Thank you for keeping their memory alive. :)
- Bonita
Added by Bonita Isabella on Jan 28, 2013 5:12 PM
Bonita Isabella
I meant Scontrino. :)
- Bonita
Added by Bonita Isabella on Jan 27, 2013 10:32 PM
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