Started researching both parent's families in 1999. Many relatives live in IL, since I was born and raised there, however, my immediate family lives all over the USA, and I live in New Jersey.
My relatives came from Czechoslovakia, Germany, and France. My initial inquiry on Roots Web in 1999 about my G-G-Grandfather, Johann, was answered within a few days from a cousin in Germany. Johann, emigrated from Ihrlich, Prussia with his mother, 2 of his brothers and a sister to Zanesville, OH, in 1837, and then Johann moved to IL in 1857. My German cousin and I both visited Zanesville, and then we went to IL to do more research.
I am always looking for any Czech. relatives with the last name of Jiruska. I have written and talked to many and they all claim they are not related to me. How sad my G-Grandfather had no one here when he arrived at age 15.
Through this site, I have been able to add and view my relative's and friend's memorials. I found this site many years ago, but didn't join it as a contributor until later. I appreciate all the work that everyone on F-A-G has done, and hope that I will be able to help many families.
Middleton Memorial pictured as my bio photo can be found at the Blackwood Presbyterian Cemetery in Blackwood, NJ. It once must have been a beautiful memorial, but has not been maintained too well.
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