Sunday, May 06, 2007

Research Log - TUINSTRA and VALK obituaries

In the last two weeks, I have received a stack of obituaries, thanks to two tireless volunteers. The first is Donna Rogers, whose husband is a relative of a step-ancestor, Jitske "Jessie" (TYSMA) DeGROOT TUINSTRA. She has sent me a number of TUINSTRA obituaries, including all the ones available in the Grand Rapids, Michigan newspapers for the brothers and sisters-in-law of my great-grandmother, Agnes (TUINSTRA) VALK - a total of eleven obituaries! An interesting coincidence occurred when she happened to sit across from a gentleman in the Grand Rapids Public Library who was researching city directories...turns out he was my uncle who was working on some DeVRIES-related information to send to me!

Evelyn Ehlert, a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness volunteer, sent me copies of obituaries of my step-ancestor, Ida Eva (LAMBRECHT) SCHADLER VALK and Elmer MEYERING, first husband of my grand-aunt Bertha Wilma (VALK) MEYERING KRAMER.

These will keep me busy analyzing and entering into my database for quite a while!

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