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Article by matthewkmiller

I was looking through my direct ancestors to see if I had photos of headstones for those that could be available. I found that I was missing a photo of the headstone of my great-great-grandmother, Maria Elizabeth (born Geers), (married Menke), (later married Schutte). Her burial is supposed to be in a cemetery local to where my mother grew up. I emailed a cousin and she didn't have it despite looking for it a few years back. I went to and saw that her headstone hasn't been posted. I submitted a request for a photo of her headstone, then it occurred to me to "glance" through the site and see if I could find headstones of others in my tree "real quick" so I had all the information I could on my relations. It's such a tiny little town, there couldn't be that many people buried there, right?

Wow. Just wow. I've now been at it for a week, all the time previously spend researching has been used downloading headstone photos and sometimes filling out spots in the tree I was missing information on someone or even missing people. It's amazing how families in small towns inter-marry. No, there's no "kissin' cousins" but when you have a dozen or so surnames, each marrying into the others, it gets quite confusing. A simple little "let's get a quick photo or two" has turned into a major, "let's see if we can connect everyone in this cemetery". Since I'm probably halfway through the alphabet in this "small" cemetery, I think it's likely 75-90% of the people buried there are linked and will end up in my family tree. Although probably 60% were in there already.

I know it's not a primary or even a secondary source (I think I'd call it a backup confirmation and a few more details source), when the new information fits the information I already have, I'll take it as relatively reliable.

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on 2012-11-16 16:45:32

matthewkmiller , from Omaha, Nebraska, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2012.

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by ngairedith on 2012-11-16 17:13:34

hi matthew,
do you have this Scrapbook

by matthewkmiller on 2012-11-16 19:34:17

Hi Edith,

Thank you for your response. Yes, in fact, that is my web page and you linked directly to the scrapbook page of my grandmother.

by matthewkmiller on 2012-11-16 19:38:11

In case you're wondering, I did notice that on that newspaper front page is my grandparents' wedding announcement and also the death announcement of Maria Anna (Geers)(Menke)Schutte's husband.

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