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Volunteers from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society are available to help with
your family history questions.
You will find them upstairs in the Genealogy
Section at the Chavez Central Library on the first and last Tuesday of the month from 10am until 1pm., except
New Books by the San Joaquin Genealogical Society
"I Have Searched Every Cemetery in the County, But..."
"...I cannot find the resting spot of my missing relative."
Our Society has gone one step beyond. We have painstakingly indexed all the cremations performed at the Casa Bonita Mausoleum in Stockton, California.
These books are now on sale for $15.00 each. Or, you may purchase both books for $25.00. Click on the "Orders" tab.
Death Records of Casa Bonita Mausoleum, Stockton, California: August 1928 to December 1948 - Book I
Death Records of Casa Bonita Mausoleum, Stockton, California: 1949 to 1958 and 1967 to 1970 - Book II
If anyone has any information on the people buried in the Harmony Grove
Cemetery you can pass on the information to SJGS President and we can contact
Alaina or put you in touch with her.
Thinking all morning....I guess I would like to add my two bits too, if I
Just a thought and nothing else:
The historian for Harmony Grove Cemetery in Lockeford, California is Alaina
Young. I don't know her age but she has a daughter in college. Her husband is a
fireman. She is young, vivacious and is definitely a doer, not a sitter.
But she also is an outdoor person. Forgot to mention, she is cute and
I do know she has a load of questions about various people buried at
Harmony Grove Cemetery....forever trying to solve this and that mystery. She has
asked various people if they know anything about this person or that person
buried there. So.....my thought is...how about connecting a communication line
with her??? Perhaps she could give a walking tour of the cemetery as many are
buried there from Lodi, too. Or
a talk to the group. In return, perhaps the society can offer to help her solve
some of her mysteries...no promises, of course but just be aware what /who she
is looking for. Maybe you can do an article on her in one of the SJGS
newsletters...which might include her zillion mysteries not yet solved at
Harmony Grove Cemetery...thus, letting the non active SJGS members pick up on
that and help her if they wish...thus, slowly getting involved with the SJGS at
their own pace.
Alaina is not a "club" joiner, I have been told. That's OK. Some just are
not. But she is a hard worker which shows it..at Harmony Grove Cemetery. I've
seen her in action.
If SJGS wish to get in touch with her, there is Gary Gordon on the board of Harmony Grove Cemetery ( I
think Alaina also just became a member of their board). You probably have Gary
Gordon's address and phone number as he was one of the judges for your DAR Good
Citizens Awards and Tea, I believe.
Do I want to be the one to get in touch with Alaina? Nope...those days are
over for me BUT...I do like putting in my two bits at times.
Adine Gnekow is the kind of member every genealogy society
hopes to have. Her continuing efforts
for the preservation of genealogical records and local history are nothing short
Adine's latest project is to account for the burials at a now
defunct cemetery. It was known as the First German Baptist Cemetery, the
Calaveras Baptist Cemetery, Faith Baptist Cemetery and Lodi Baptist Cemetery.
It was located west of Highway 99 ( formerly Cherokee Lane) between Scottsdale
Road and Armstrong Road. After the cemetery was closed to any new burials in the
1930's, the remains were removed to other local cemeteries.
accounted for 43 of the burials using records of surveys done on the cemetery in
the 1930's. By 1960, there were only 4 headstone left on the
1) Stone: SARAH A. BALLARD, wife of W. A. Ballard, born Apr.
3, 1823, died Jan. 22, 1875, mother of A. D., J. W., and J. H. Chance. JAMES H.
CHANCE died Sept. 27
, 1871, aged 29 yrs, 7 mos, 8
days. ALONZO D. CHANCE died Mar. 10, 1872, aged 19 yrs, 28 d. JOHN W. CHANCE
died Feb. 11, 1868, aged 19 yrs. 11 mos, 25 days.
2) Stone: ELIZABETH,
wife of Rueben L. WARDROBE, died Mar. 11, 187? aged 26 yrs, 11 mos, 27
3) Stone: REV. A. GUERNEY died May 21, 1891, aged 84 yrs, 7 mos, 6
4) Stone: CHARLES
G., son of R. L. & E. WARDROBE, died Apr. 13, 1866, aged 3 yrs, 1 mo, 16
The surnames of the other confirmed
anyone ( or if you know of anyone) has a photo of this cemetery, a photo of a
marker from the cemetery or have any information about this cemetery please
contact me - Sheri Fenley - as soon as possible.
SHERI FENLEY - firstname.lastname@example.org (209) 242-2118
Our Board meetings are held the first Monday of the month, except the
September meeting is held the last Monday of August due to Labor day in
September. Our general meeting is normally held the third Thursday of the month
(no general meetings in January, July, August and December) . As the meeting place may change please check with one of the Board to see where the meeting will be.
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