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I'd always known my great-great-grandparents traveled to Missouri after the Civil War, but not where they settled or were buried. After much frustrating research, I'd concluded this particular Hendrickson puzzle would forever be a dead end. Then a small, unassuming genealogical society helped a dream of mine come true.

It started one day when I was reading microfilm at my Family History Center (a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Library <> in Salt Lake City). A note in the margins spelled it out in black and white: John and Lydia Ann Hendrickson were buried in Reed Cemetery, Cass County, Mo. Wow!

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