This is my great-great grandfather‘s grave. Last time I was in South Dakota, I didn’t get a chance to visit this particular cemetery. The sun reflecting off of the stone makes it difficult to read. I can make out Wesley and a C. for Calvin, his middle name, but I don’t see his surname, George. It must be on another stone nearby. He died in 1922.
Saturday evening I decided to poke around on Find a Grave, an online database of cemeteries and gravestones. It is a terrific resource for family historians.
For years I have been searching for the grave of my great-great-great grandfather Morgan Reynolds. He died in 1872, relatively young, at the age of 48. Ever since learning about him and adding him to the family tree, probably in 1989, I have wondered where the man was buried.
In response to a query from me, German researcher Martin Sohn of www.genealogy-pomerania.com said in an email message that he “knows that more than 90% (maybe 99%) of all German cemeteries in Poland are destroyed and all Markers (grave stones) are lost.”
This news does not give much hope for the places of my German ancestors in Kreis Bütow, specifically the towns of Bütow (Bytów), Borntuchen (Borzytuchom), and Gröbenzien (Rabacino).
Recently I recently learned via another site that the markers in some German cemeteries in Kreis Bütow were destroyed, likely including those of many relatives.