My name at birth was Steven K. Johnson, but at the age of three I was adopted by my mother's second husband and given the surname Inman, so perhaps it is true that adoptees are especially drawn to genealogy... because I certainly am.
I did not meet my birth father until I was 30 years old, and only in recent years have I had the time to explore my roots in any detail. Now that I'm retired, I'm doing research on my family tree... and cleaning my relatives' headstones as time and bad knees allow. Please feel free to use any headstone photos I have taken for your non-commercial purposes if credit is given.
I am grateful to Julrene Thornberg, Mike Linnihan, Donna Fostveit, Joie Finley, Sue Tanner, Rebecca Paddon, Becky Doan, Sharon Allen (RIP), Chloé and all of the other Find A Grave members who have entrusted me with the care of my family's memorials or who have taken headstone photos that I "borrowed" for the Ancestry and WikiTree profiles I have created to honor my ancestors.
As of this writing, there are 473 known graves in the North Waseca Lutheran Church Cemetery, Waseca County, Minnesota. I am related by blood or marriage through my real dad's Norwegian side of the family to almost all of the folks buried there. Likewise, one pair of great-grandparents, two pairs of 2nd great-grandparents and one 3rd great-grandmother on my mom's English/Irish side of the family are buried in Line/Pleasant View Cemetery on the line between Lyon and Greenwood counties near Olpe, Kansas. These two cemeteries hold the remains of many of my family members who have lived and died during the past 150 years.
Gravesites of my more ancient American ancestors - those who came to Jamestown on the Mary and Margaret in 1608, and those who came to Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620 and the Anne in 1623 - can be found in cemeteries from New England to the Dakotas as the Burris, Mathews and other branches of my family independently migrated westward over the past four centuries.
Since I am related to all but a few of the folks whose memorials I manage, please be sure that your relationship to someone is closer than mine before asking for a transfer. That said...
When the day comes that I am unable to maintain the memorials of my relatives, I want them all to pass to the care of my son Sean, a.k.a., "Johnson Newton Burris Lippincott" (Find A Grave #48261061).
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