Hans

Member for
4 years · 6 months · 1 day
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49290792

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Thank you all findagrave volunteers.

*I will be willing to lookup obituaries in 2022 when Muskegon's genealogical library (Hackley Public Library's Torrent House) re-opens.

Specializing in families of Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Spring Lake, Mi. Nearly all my hours of research in the past fours years has been dedicated to Muskegon county and northern Ottawa county.

Sept 2016- joined Ancestry
Lake Forest Cemetery:
Sep 2017-My first findagrave activity at Lake Forest cemetery in Grand Haven. Two of my 3rd great-grandparents and two 4th great-grandparent were buried at Lake Forest.
July 2020-I am working with two other volunteers to edit Lake Forest cemetery(Grand Haven, MI) entirely. We plan to edit memorials by adding burial plot locations and GPS with the phone app. We are using burial records and Ancestry.com database in conjunction with local family trees and some newspaper databases.
17 Aug 2020-Began walking Lake Forest cemetery stone by stone, in plot order, by Block.
24 Aug 2020- Bought GIS plot map for Lake Forest cemetery from Ottawa County mapping department at Fillmore Complex.
27 sept 2020-Well over one month into my walking tour during which I am verifying every single plot of Lake Forest cemetery(using a detailed GIS plot map). I hope to complete this walk before snow falls.
5 oct 2020-completed photographing 1992 edition of original Lake Forest Burial plot cards (Blocks A-50). 1800 pages
11 Jan 2021- using Ottawa County GIS cemetery viewer for Lake Forest for more recent burial details.
27 Jan 2021- photographed copy of original cemetery burial book (17 sep 1873-31 Jul 1907)
23 May 2021- 30 previously photographed gravestones remain to GPS in entire cemetery; of all memorials in cemetery: 92% of gravestones or documented burials GPS located and 91%* photographed. Note:*a number of photographs are of empty plots with reference stones of surrounding plots, or, in the case of Potter's Field (Block 22), a general memorial photo has been added.


Sunrise Memorial-Muskegon
6 Jun-29 Oct -rows and whole sections to add

Mona View-Muskegon

Please use any of my photographs as no permission is necessary. My main interest is the advance of local genealogy, genetic or otherwise.

I have been a subscriber to Ancestry World Explorer for 5 years while researching family trees. In the meantime I have built a 50k person family tree to include a large portion of these local communities.
I have spent more than two years researching both my parent's DNA matches on Ancestry and 23andme. Also transferred raw DNA data from tests to other testing databases Myheritage, familytreeDNA, and gedmatch.

I have spent a few hundred hours viewing local newspaper microfilm in Muskegon[Hackley-Torrent], Grand Haven[Loutit], and Grand Rapids[Ryerson Main]. I even had the pleasure of spending one day of 2019 at the Michigan State Library in Lansing.

Until recently I did subscribe to genealogybank.com or newspapers.com.

I have researched over one thousand hours in local cemeteries and I understand plot numbering systems.

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