I have been visiting grave yards for most of my life as my parents were in their forties when I came a long. My parents and I wondered through many different cemeteries in Iowa as we placed flowers on each grave. With the flowers came stories about each person.
In the past 15 or so years, I have become more interested in family history. I had both birth parents and the parents who raised me so there was a lot of family to research. I am happy to share my findings with anyone who is interested. Each time I visit a cemetery, it reminds me that the past is always connected to the present and I enjoy the walk and remember the stories over again. I am also glad to help with research around Belle Plaine, Iowa. My primary researched surnames are: Griffith, Suiter, McCord, Wightman, and Emily.