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Researching family which includes family names such as: Johnson, Lien, Neely, Politiski, Iverson, Qualley, Qualey, Aase,Ause, Ulgagn, Patterson, Kvale, Knight, Martin, Hukee, Hoyne, Gunhus, Barksdale and others.

Genetically,I am an American & quot;Heinz 57".

I have in my possession an unpublished book titled: The Lien Lineage (unpublished) which incorporates the work of Amanda Marie Lien Rachie and her husband Elias Rachie (who was a Representative in the Minnesota State Legislature) and put together by a Great Granddaughter Bertha Comaford and her husband Ralph and many others. This, now, 114 page book covers the 4 Norwegian siblings who came to America in 1852 (Nils Lien), 1854 (Anders; Dorothea) and 1861 (Gunnar or Gunder) with spouse and their offspring. Book is dated 3 May 1980, documents the first 5 generations and is in serious need of updating as we now have additional generations making their appearance. Currently, it costs about $25 to reproduce in paper.

For my other side,
The Barksdale Family (1940) and the
Barksdale Chronicles (2010) are both rich histories of which I am also a descendant.
Also, The Neely Narrative by Grace P. Renshaw 1976 unpublished.
Genealogy of Part of the Barksdale Family in America by Sarah Donelson Hubert printed in 1895.

For those Gravers who have gone out and taken images and provided the basic details of the initial memorial, I THANK YOU!

Find-A-Grave is one of my best resources and many of you have contributed to those memorials, while others, fearing retribution or some sort of retaliation have decided to delete several bits of information. Find-A-Grave has contributors, often called Gravers of which I am but one.

There is nothing more disappointing in finding a memorial with no links to parents, spouse, children, images of deceased and no obituary or nothing about the individual the memorial is dedicated to.

Often the information is submitted by someone like myself - a newbie or just a descendent randomly looking around who actually has information one the deceased. Memorial keeper's - please understand the new contributor may not know everything but may have something they can contribute which may end up as a flower post.

As one might imagine from my photo, genealogy is not my usual hobby.

If interested in what I am doing, you feel we are related, feel free to contact me. FYI: Let me know how you found me. Like many of you, I not only get phone calls, but also e-mails from someone trying to sell me something!

My mother sought out information on my father's side and ended up wasting money on books that promised the information but fell short of specifics and long on generalities.

God Bless you all with good health and happiness for this and future years to come.

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