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Most Wanted! Ancestors Lost and Found


Most Wanted! Ancestors Lost and Found

A place to post the information you know about that special, elusive ancestor. Let's deconstruct a few brick walls and repair a broken link or two.

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Discussion Forum

charles sherman Hagaman 16 Replies

i am  trying to find the parents of charles sherman Hagaman who was born  nov 16 1844 and die in 1925

Started by maggie. Last reply by Allen Hagerman Mar 28, 2019.

John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)

Good day,I would like to ask you if you could help me with info on John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)He was my 2nd great-grandfather and I can not find any info on him.BIRTH 10 NOV 1858 • Franschhoek,…Continue

Started by Cornelia Potgieter Aug 16, 2018.


i am struggling with an ancestor Fillipo Rossini who was born about 1795 in Como, Italy. He moved to Scotland and married Martha Abercrombie in 1819. He died in Gartnavel Asylum in 1849 where he had…Continue

Tags: Rossini, Fillipo

Started by Brian Charles Maclachlan Jul 26, 2018.

Looking for information on Asberry Parks

Hello my brick wall is with Asberry Parks and the knowledge of knowing who his parents were and also his grand parents and so on, I don't know his birth date,just know that he was supposingly in the…Continue

Started by Amelia Underwood Feb 23, 2017.

Thomas J. Sanders, Dyer County, Tenn - Who are my parents?

I am researching my GG-grandfather (Thomas J. Sanders 1839-1916)  who was a Baptist Minister in Newburn, TN. I have found his certificate of death that lists his father as Tom Sanders born in…Continue

Started by Maxanne Sanders Durkee Aug 10, 2016.

James Adair and Alabama Descendents

I have a fairly clear and well researched line from myself to William Issac Adair Born 1780 and married to Eleanor Moon, living in Madison County AL. I'm struggling to find William Issac's parents…Continue

Started by James W Adair Jul 12, 2016.

Information on Ben Scarce is very Scarce!! 1 Reply

Looking for any information on my gr. gr. grandfather Ben Scarce. The 1900 census says he and his mother were born in Tennessee, His father in Virginia. At the time of the 1900 census it states they…Continue

Started by DEANNA IRELAN. Last reply by DEANNA IRELAN Jul 6, 2016.

Elusive Joneses

Dear Researchers,I have been researching for a couple of years and have discovered a lot.  But now, like many of you, I have hit a wall.  Any help would be appreciated.Looking for Robert McClure…Continue

Started by Robert Jones May 15, 2015.

Vaughan Daniel Urbasch - My grandfather.

Birth: September 19, 1895Last seen by family: circa 1942 (47)Parents: Carl Rudolf Urbasch and Gertruida Magdalena VaughanHis last know address is somewhere in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.Continue

Started by Charmaine Carstens Jan 21, 2015.

Carl Nielsen - vanished into thin air 2 Replies

Hi,I am looking for Carl Nielsen, born in Denmark on 23 Oct 1885 to Hans Nielsen and Christina Jonasdotter. He worked as an apprentice seaman for the German shipping line HAPAG. Came to Ellis Island…Continue

Started by Madeline Yanov. Last reply by Madeline Yanov Jan 11, 2015.

Augustus Caesar Glazebrook 1 Reply

Supposedly my gggg grandfather Augustus Caesar Glazebrook existed but I can hardly fine any  mention of him.  Born cc 1790 in Virginia he disappears around 1833 living near Louisville on either the…Continue

Started by Turk Glazebrook. Last reply by Anne Jan 4, 2015.

Mary Ann Shakespeare 1 Reply

I'm hoping to find information on the English family of my ancestor Mary Ann Shakespeare, this is what little I know about her.She was born in England in 1816, I don't know where.She married James…Continue

Tags: Worthington, Ivens, Shakespeare

Started by Kay Ivens Blinebury. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Dec 30, 2014.

Lewis family tree

Hi Everyone.  I'm a newbie here and was wondering if anyone has any ancestors by the name of James B. Lewis, born in 1822 in New Jersey.  He married Martha M. Stackhouse (born in Ohio) and had 10…Continue

Started by Andrea Davis Sep 23, 2014.

Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte 10 Replies

My most wanted ancestors are the parents of my ancestors Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte. They were married in 1838 in Stark County, Ohio. I do have their marriage record and a newspaper…Continue

Started by Laressa Northrup. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Aug 7, 2014.

thomas hansen

 I have been,for years, trying to find the birth of Thomas, I have his marriage and death cert.,both confirming his birth circa 1852. He claims to have been born in S.Lambeth,London, and his father…Continue

Started by brenda walcroft Apr 12, 2014.

Joseph May Taylor (1826-1892) of KY, FL, TX & OK

I can’t find parents for my 2x great-grandfather, Joseph M Taylorb: 5 Mar 1826 in Louisville, KY; (find-a-grave)m: Sarah Jane Frierson (1839-1880), daughter of Aaron Taylor Frierson and Hester Ann…Continue

Tags: Texas, Frierson, Taylor, Oklahoma, Kentucky

Started by Jeanne Taylor Dewey Apr 5, 2014.

Huldah Surviah Anderson

Hi! My brick wall ancestor is Huldah Surviah Anderson. I am looking for her maiden name. She was born 15 Dec 1776 in Stonington, New London, CT. She died 1 Jan 1859 in Massena, St Lawrence, New York.…Continue

Tags: Connecticut, Vermont, Anderson, Brooks

Started by Dana Kelly Dec 31, 2013.

Andrew Davison b. abt 1806 in Connecticut

Looking for the ancestors of Andrew Davison. He married Sally King (possibly in Delaware County, Indiana in 1837).Children: George b. 1839Nancy b. 1842William b. abt 1841James b. 1845Sarah b.…Continue

Tags: County, Clinton, Michigan, King, Davison

Started by Ginny Sayre Dec 29, 2013.

Rogers from GA >AL > TX

 What I have on the  this 2nd great grandfather is this. His name is Micheal William Rogers b. 1812 in  Milldgeville ,Baldwin, Georgia. I am not sure of the proof of that location. He is seen again…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

Lost Gates in Texas

I have a great grandfather who was born in Texas 1862 (?) Lived in Danville , Montgomery, TX , He married my great grandmother,Margaret Louisa Kirby of San Jacinto County TX , in Polk County TX in…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

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Comment by Spirit Baker on December 31, 2010 at 8:11am


Name: M. S. Faith
SSN: 419-36-0189
Born: 16 Apr 1929
Died: 15 Oct 1989
State (Year) SSN issued: Alabama (Before 1951)
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 31, 2010 at 7:59am

I am stuck on Shirley (Faith). These are the only obits I could find, will keep looking:

Shirley Irene Fait 25 Aug 1921 28 Mar 2009 Massillon, Stark, Ohio
View Record

Match quality: 3 out of 5
Shirley J. Faith 14 Jun 1912 4 Apr 2003 Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
View Record

Match quality: 3 out of 5
Shirley A. Faith 19 Sep 1940 27 Jun 2005 West Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Comment by Ms ROBIN COFFMAN on December 30, 2010 at 9:21pm
Shirley Lamontange Bueke died, we  believe Dec. 1965  Cleveland, Ohio bur we where TOLD she was remarried  to Marvien Faith and MAYBE died under the Faith yet we dont know because Michiael was only 3 when his mom died and no one is talking. The car wreck took place Nov. 1965 Clevelland, Ohio and Shirely Lamontange BURKE / FAITH died from her injuries in Dec. 1965 Cleveland, Ohio. Michael Burke was born STEP. 16, 1962 CLEVELAND, OHIO. ............JOHN J BURKE, died April 9, 1976 Cleveland, Ohio was Michael s FATHER. So, for the confussion..we are confussed too  as we are pieceing thing s together with NO  HELP FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE FAMILY. I truly thank you for what you have dug up. Is it possabile you can get an obit for JOHN J BURKE  died April 9, 1976 Cleveland, Ohio. Since John died at home and only 33 we would like to know cause of be honest he just want s to know his parents as much as he can without the benifit of them being here. . Again, thank you so much or your help, we are sooooooooooooo beyound grateful. BLESS YOU. MISS ROBIN
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 30, 2010 at 6:43pm


John J Burke
Birth Date: 1943
Gender: Male
Race: White
Residence City: Cleveland
Residence County: Cuyahoga
Residence State: Ohio
Residence Country: United States
Death Date: 9 Apr 1976
Hospital of Death: Home
City of Death: Cleveland
County of Death: Cuyahoga
Certificate: 033187
Age at Death: 33
Certifier: Coroner
Autopsy: Yes, used for certification
Marital Status: Widowed
Census Tract: 1013
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 30, 2010 at 6:40pm
Shirley Burke
SSN: 271-03-4404
Last Residence:  
Born: 14 Oct 1883
Died: Mar 1963
State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951)
Comment by Spirit Baker on December 30, 2010 at 6:36pm
I am trying to understand how Michael was born in 1976 if Shirley passed away in 1965.
Comment by Ms ROBIN COFFMAN on December 29, 2010 at 10:42pm
Looking for John J Burke born 1943 in Cleveland, Oghio..who were his parents. He married Shirley Lamontange between 1960 . 1962 probaly Cleveland Ohio. They had a son Michael Burke born Step 16, 1976 Cleveland , Ohio. Shirley died in 1965 from a car wreck. John J. Burke died April 9, 1976 Cleveland, Ohio age 33.  a source lited him as a widower so it is up for debate as to ratter John and Shirely divorced as Michael was lead to believe, much conflect and confussion. Can anyone help , even an obit would be a step forward. I am grateful for any help or suggestions. Thank you, MISS ROBIN
Comment by Willette Bryant on July 25, 2010 at 11:25pm
Hi Kate,

I hope everything is ok with him to, I miss him on here.
Comment by Kate Steere on July 25, 2010 at 8:31pm
Hi Willette,

I know he was having computer issues some months back, but I haven't heard from him in a while now. I'm hoping he's ok-
Comment by Willette Bryant on July 25, 2010 at 6:43pm
Hi group,

Has anyone heard from GeneJ


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