One Billion Graves

St. Francis-Borgia Cemetery

I ran across a website recently that is a really clever idea. I know I've stumbled upon it before, but for some reason I never stayed. Now I'm hooked. BillionGraves.com is a site, similar is some ways to Find-A-Grave. To be honest, while I love Find-A-Grave and I will always use it, its age is … [Read more...]

Henry & Margaret Stearns

Henry Stearns

Today I received another great email that two more of my ancestor's headstones were found and photographed by a friendly Find-A-Grave volunteer. I don't remember when I requested these, but it's nice to finally know where they are located. Though, it's interesting to see that their headstone spells … [Read more...]

Cold Stones

Goralski Stone

I probably didn't pick the best day to do some more research at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee today. A wonderful "spring" day in Wisconsin, a windy 23 degrees with snow flurries. I also should have probably worn more than a sweatshirt, but it wasn't all that bad. I did have a knit cap on. Last … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: Toney

Carey Toney - Headstone

This is the headstone of my wife's 5th-great-grandfather on her father's side, Carey Toney. Carey was born 3 Oct 1763 (or 1757) in Buckingham Co., Virginia to William and Margaret (SUTHERLAND) TONEY. He married Elizabeth DOREN in 1789. Later they traveled to Ohio where they lived out the rest of … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: St. Mary’s

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This week brings another random cemetery shot. For every photo of an actual headstone from my family tree, I have dozens of generic cemetery photos. This photo is from St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin. [Find-a-Grave link] My great-grandparents Leon & Mildren … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: What’s Next

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So, I'm coming to the end of my family tree tombstone photos. So, instead of trying to find a new one of those to post, I thought I'd post some general cemetery photos. While visiting the cemeteries to find the stones of my ancestors I'd sometimes just take random photos. Some of them turned out … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

Richard Zalewski - WWII

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I'd like to thank all of my military ancestors and all of your military ancestors, too. Johann W G LAST - Civil War- My 3rd-great-grandfather, server with Company K, 50th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin - 29 Mar 1865 to 14 Jun 1866 LeRoy THIELKE - World War II - My … [Read more...]

Tombstone Tuesday: John Laurent

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I'm starting to run out of tombstone photos. I'll need to start posting those from my wife's family tree pretty soon. This one is from my family tree and is that of Jean-Baptiste (John) LAURENT, 3rd-great-grandfather. He was born about 1825 is Belgium, according to census records. He married my … [Read more...]