Looking to save not just the names and dates, but the history.
The family lines I am researching: Nagel, Brigham, Kleinfeldt, Gerber, Hiegert, Scheick, Wheelock, Avery, Skinner, Butterfield, Clark, Lanphear, Pratt, Fay, Damon, Clapp, Shattuck, Tiffany, Rockefeller and others.
My wife's family: Reynolds, Horton, Harlacher, Gamble, Whitaker, Fessenden, Patterson, McGlone, Van De Warker (Vandewarker, Vandewalker, Vanderwarker, it has been spelled many different ways), Hickman, Dickinson, Avery, Stinger, Piercy, McCormick (McCormack, the spelling was changed), Norem, Mabie, Murray, Burke and many others.
How I ended up with all those veterans: The cemetery my paternal Great Grandmother is in lost her. They had it narrowed down to a section, however one day she was in the north end the next she was in the south. We spent over four hours searching. While we were there, I ran into a cat who was hanging out at one particular grave. (On the marker actually) I approached and the cat took off but stopped about twenty feet away and watched me. The grave marker that seemed to be of interest to the cat happened to belong to an Army veteran. I am not superstitious but if there was going to be a sign this would be it. So I started shooting the markers of any veterans I could find, and any obvious relatives. By the way did I mention it was Armed Forces Day?
NOTE: Lake and Cook County Illinois Catholic cemetery plots are: Section, Block, Lot and Grave Number, we will NOT except shortened plots for these particular cemeteries.
Nagel Family History on Facebook (Please do not contact me about find a grave memorials on facebook or through my family web site, use the edit, suggest instead, thank you (note: we will likely not read now as we are receiving too many rude messages.)
Search memorial contributions by Ken Nagel