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This is my first post and hoping some kind person here can help me out with an obituary and/or death certificate?
Vernon Livingston born January 17, 1899 and died August 18, 1969. He lived in Blairstown and married to Elizabeth Backhaus (born March 25, 1898, died November 18, 1992).
They ran a trucking company in Blairstown.
Vernon is the brother to my great aunt Marjorie Ethel Livingston who married a Miner and lived in Cedar Rapids, IA area.
Some of the main things I am seeking are his parents and his proper name - including middle and where he was born?
I would do this myself but I live in Virginia and know of no one in Blairstown area who can do it? I have written to the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness for Benton County, IA with no replay back?
Can someone help me?
I am looking for descendants of either Gladys Mae Turner, (teacher during the
1932-1933 school year at Pleasant Prairie School), or one of her students,
Margie Rice. Does anyone have any info? Thank you.
I was wondering if you might know of a community historian that would be
interested in working with Arcadia on a pictorial history in Benton
County? This would include people with private photographic and postcard
Thus far, Arcadia has published pictorial histories on Dubuque, Cedar
Rapids, Bettendorf, Davenport, Cedar Falls, Clermont and Fayette County,
Ames, the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa's Black Legacy-we are
continually looking to expand our Iowa catalogue.
Each Arcadia title contains 180-240 black and white photos, and is 128
pages long. We are not a vanity press-we pay a royalty per book sold and
take on all production and marketing costs. If you know of anyone, or if
you yourself might be interested, please forward a request to my attention
at this email address. I would be thrilled to send along a sample book if
you would like to familiarize yourself with Arcadia's format. In addition,
you can visit our web site at http://www.arcadiapublishing.com. The office
telephone number is 773-549-7002.
Thank you for your time!
Acquisitions Editor, Iowa
I dont know about actual addresses, but there is a very good county map,
with the cemeteries marked, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~iabenton/map.htm.
As someone already mentioned, the Vinton Eagle was the paper of the time.
The library has the paper from 1855-present on microfilm (they also have
actual papers for most of this time). Surrounding towns may have had their
own papers, but Ive never seen any mention of them.
J. Jay Lash
"If I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edward J. Wurtz [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 8:07 PM
> To: IABENTON-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: [IABENTON-L] Cemeteries/newspaper
> Does anyone have a listing with the addresses of all the
> cemeteries in Benton County?
> Also, was there a newspaper published in Benton County in 1881?
> Is it available on microfilm?
> Edward J. Wurtz
> 4145 Agate Road
> Bellingham, WA 98226
> My home page: http://www.geocities.com/antarcticus/
> Researching the following surnames: WURTZ, MANAHAN, EMPFIELD,
> WESHINSKEY, HARTMANN, DUVALL, BASTON, HEAVER, WACK, MAYBAUM,
> SUGG, VESSELS, ALLEN, ROBB, BOWEN, ROBYN, SHUBERT, WARNER,
> NEWTON, FRITZ, JANSSEN, SOBLET, HART, SIMEON, WINTER.
The newspaper in Vinton in 1881 was "The Vinton Eagle" -- the Vinton Public
Library has a mostly complete archive on microfilm. If you want to buy it, I
believe Heritage Microfilm has rolls for sale, but as I recall, they're
kinda pricey -- I don't know if they have it posted on their website yet.
Other towns (Urbana, Shellsburg, Belle Plaine, etc) may have had their own
papers, but being the county seat, The Eagle tried to carry a little
something from each township.
Now that we are over the holidays, This years is our 350th Anniversary of
the landing of the Swartwout family in North America. The name has many
variations such as Swarthout, Swartout, Swartwood, Swathwood, Swarthwood
etc. We need help in gather lines, pictures, articles, wills, what ever you
have stashed in your attic. We would really appreciated it if you shared
with us what you had, there a literally thousands of us here looking for
our roots, looking for connections. For our 350th Anniversary we need to
updated our list of folks out there that are descendants somewhere along the
line of any of those variations. We also have a family newsletter that cost
only $5.00 per year, a real bargain. Just send it your mailing address.
Every day I get e-mail asking me for help. Up here in Canada, there were two
brothers that had huge families, all the remains of their descendants are
the female sides. All the male went back to the States. I'm am the
maintainer of "The Updated Swartwout Chronicles" People submit their
lines-ged-coms etc. and I just drop them into the data base. It is
everyone's database. Each person is responsible for their own submissions.
It is not copyrighted.
Does anyone have a listing with the addresses of all the cemeteries in Benton County?
Also, was there a newspaper published in Benton County in 1881? Is it available on microfilm?
Edward J. Wurtz
4145 Agate Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
My home page: http://www.geocities.com/antarcticus/
Researching the following surnames: WURTZ, MANAHAN, EMPFIELD, WESHINSKEY, HARTMANN, DUVALL, BASTON, HEAVER, WACK, MAYBAUM, SUGG, VESSELS, ALLEN, ROBB, BOWEN, ROBYN, SHUBERT, WARNER, NEWTON, FRITZ, JANSSEN, SOBLET, HART, SIMEON, WINTER.
Have you tried Clerk of the District Court, Benton Co., (Vinton) Iowa?
My Handybook says burial records exist from 1880 to present. My
great-grandparents are buried at Evergreen Cem. in Vinton and Big Grove
Pioneer Cem. out in the country, so information is available depending on
the time period. Sometimes the Death Certificate states the cemetery.
Does anyone know how to find records regarding burials in some of the Benton
County cemeteries? I know that some of the info is posted, but where would
one find the actual "burial records" for these cemeteries? It seems that not
all people have headstones, so when cemeteries were "walked" - it would not
include those without headstones. Are these records kept anywhere in
particular? I have copy of obituary and death certificate for my
great-grandmother, but neither mention a funeral home or cemetery. Any
ideas/suggestions where to look for this information or who to contact would
be greatly appreciated. Thank you. (P.S. - I do not live in the area.)
I think it depends on which cemetery you're looking for. Though I've never
actually followed-up on the advice, it's usually suggested to me to check
with the County Assessor (319-472-5211) to find out who "owns" a particular
cemetery (the town, the township, the township supervisors, a church, an
individual, etc.) and that path should eventually lead to the records.