- Kevin Baase (me) (35 KB)
This is a picture of me, your humble author, in 1997, sometime around the time I started this little project. Actually, it's not very humble to put a picture of yourself first is it? Oh come on now, I'm a handsome devil aren't I! If you have any scanned pictures to share with me, or pictures you'd like me to scan, I can post them here.
- Great Grandma Block, 1974 (196 KB)
This is a picture of my great-grandmother Edith Block, holding my cousin Tracy and me as babies in late 1974.
- Map of Mecklenburg 2 (536 KB)
This map is directly east to the last one and shows more places in Mecklenburg: Brudersdorf, Beestland, Dargun, and others.
- Map of Monroe County, New York (363 KB)
I'm not sure where I got this map from, but it's very old. It could even be from the 19th century.
- Oakridge Cemetery (95 KB)
This is the front gateway to Oakridge Cemetery, at Roosevelt Road and Oakridge Ave, in Hillside, Illinois.My great-great-great grandparents Charles and Alvina Matthias are buried here (Sec.4, Lot 23), but they have no grave markers.Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: their son Walter Matthias and his wife Ethel Jennie Matthias.
- Fritz and Me, 1978 (52 KB)
This is a picture of my grandfather Fred Baase, with me sleeping on his lap. It was taken on one of my grandparents' visits to Chicago, in 1978.
- Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago (45 KB)
This is the front of Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 Irving Park Road (west of Harlem). Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: Ernest Hoffman and Alma Matthias-Hoffman, Harold Raap and Gertrude Hoffman-Raap, William F Block and Edith Markowsky-Block, Eleanor Block, Robert A Raap Sr., and Thomas Minton.
- The family at Tracy's wedding, 1997. (111 KB)
This is the best and most recent photo I have of my Mom's side of my family.
- Anna Raap, died November 13, 1941. (173 KB)
This is the death certificate of my great-great grandmother, Anna Schlueter.
- Uncle Bill and "Red", 1980 (51 KB)
This is a picture of my great-uncle Bill Block holding my sister Jenny, who he always called Red. This was probably taken at my 6th birthday party, in my parents' basement.
- Ridgewood Cemetery & Mausoleum, Des Plaines, IL (80 KB)
This sign shows the front of Ridgewood Cemetery, 9900 N. Milwaukee Avenue (by Central). Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: Elmer Peterson Sr and Anna Block-Peterson, Arthur Block and Emily Huhn-Block, William Luikaart Sr., Norman Pfieffer, and Gary Pfieffer.
- Graceland Cemetery, Chicago (177 KB)
Graceland Cemetery is where three generations of the Raap family are buried. The cemetery is located in Chicago at 4001 N. Clark Street (by Irving Park rd). Many famous people are buried here, including: Marshall Field, Potter Palmer, George Pullman, and Louis Sullivan - but I don't have pictures of any of them. I took some of these picutres in July 1999, and some in December 99 - see if you can guess which ones are which!
- John Henry Raap, Jr., died March 29, 1946. (177 KB)
This is the death certificate of my great-great-great grandfather John Henry Raap's first son, "Hank".
- Uncle Bill and Aunt Fern's 50th Anniversary (62 KB)
This picture was taken at my mom's Uncle Bill and Aunt Fern's 50th wedding anniversary, in 1991.
- Montrose Cemetery, Chicago (85 KB)
This sign is at the front driveway of Montrose Cemetery, 5400 N. Pulaski Road (by Foster, near St. Lucas and Bohemian National cemeteries). Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: Carl Markowsky and Sophia Doehla-Markowsky, Edward Erichsen and Elizabeth Markowsky-Erichsen.
- Graceland: Raap Family Plot (146 KB)
This is the family plot (Lot 172, section G, area 350). There are 15 people buried here, but only 7 of them have tombstones: in the foreground from left to right are John Henry Raap Sr., Lena Gielow-Raap, Pearl Raap-McWhirter, Matilda Raap, and John Henry Raap Jr.; on the left of the large monument is Ernest E. Raap, and on the right is Anna Schlueter-Raap. (See the "Book" from the below link to find out more about who is buried here.)
- Harold Robert Raap, born February 25, 1901. (119 KB)
This is my great-grandfather's birth certificate.
- Me and the new baby, 2000 (72 KB)
This is me meeting my cousin's baby Marissa for the first time. (yes, that's me and not the mother! haha) this picture was taken at my grandma's annual family picnic.
- Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago (94 KB)
This impressive archway is the entrance to Mount Olive Cemetery, 3800 N. Narragansett Avenue (between Addison and Irving Park). Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: Walter W. Block and Hilma Mork-Block, little Hilma R. Block, and George E. Block and Beatrice Davey-Block-Schaub.
- Graceland: Raap Monument (119 KB)
This monument was erected 9-19-1916 according to cemetery records. Pretty cool huh? I believe it was dedicated to my ancestor Robert R. Raap Sr., who was in the Spanish-American war. Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: Robert R. Raap Sr. and Anna Schlueter-Raap, John H Raap Jr., Matilda Raap, and Pearl Raap-McWhirter.
- Ida Markowsky, born December 4, 1893. (234 KB)
This is the birth certificate of my great-grandmother, Edith Block.
- My grandparents' house in Hamlin, 1993 (82 KB)
This was my Baase grandparents' house, shortly before it was sold.
- John H. Raap and Lena A.T. Gilow (159 KB)
This is the marriage license of John and Lena Raap, dated May 1, 1873.
- Graceland: Spanish-American War Medallion (130 KB)
This plaque is on the Raap monument, and it reads as follows: (clockwise, on the outer cross, from top): U.S.A., Porto Rico, Cuba, Philipine Islands; (around the inner circle): Spanish War Veterans, 1898 - 1902; (inside the circle): United Army - Navy.
- Robert Reiner Raap, born June 26, 1880. (264 KB)
This is the birth certificate of my great-great grandfather, Robert R. Raap, Sr.
- My grandparents' barn, 1993 (75 KB)
This barn was a part of my grandparents' original farm, and was part of the same property as the house.
- William Block and Mary Bobzien (Bobzin) (178 KB)
This is the marriage license of William and Mary Block, dated November 23, 1878.
- Map of Germany, pre 1990. (406 KB)
This is an old map of Germany, from before the reunification. The area highlighted in red is a part of Mecklenburg where some of my Hamlin ancestors came from.
- Robert and Loraine Raap wedding photo (71 KB)
This picture was taken at my grandparents' wedding, Saturday November 1, 1947.
- Pretzel with her head in a Can, 1989 (55 KB)
This was our family's first cat, Pretzel. She tended to do weird things like sticking her head all the way down into a bottom of a ravioli can... She was pretty old by '89, maybe she was senile?:)
- Charles Markowsky and Sophie Doehla (130 KB)
This is the marriage license of Chas and Sophia Markowsky, dated March 18, 1888.
- Map of Mecklenburg 1 (547 KB)
This map is a closeup of Mecklenburg, showing several locations that my Hamlin ancestors were from: Klein Wustenfelde, Alt Kalen, Finkenthal, Schlutow, and others.
- William and Edith Block's wedding portrait (65 KB)
My mother's grandparents on her mother's side were married December 26, 1912.
- Memory Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum (351 KB)
This cemetery is at 2501 E. Euclid Ave, in Arlington Heights, Illinois.I neglected to take a picture of the front of this cemetery, so here is a picture of my mother's Uncle Bill's tombstone.Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are: William F. Block Jr and Fern Gresens-Block, and his cousin Walter W. Block Jr and Margaret Franke-Block.
- "Scenes in the Murder of J.H. Raap..." (151 KB)
This illustration accompanies the article about my ancestor's murder that was taken from the Chicago Tribune archives on microfilm.
- Harold and Gertrude Raap's wedding portrait (102 KB)
My mother's grandparents on her father's side were married on June 25, 1921.
- Elmwood Cemetery (328 KB)
This is the front gate to Elmwood Cemetery, at 2905 N. Thatcher Rd, in River Grove, Illinois.Buried in the *Virtual Cemetery* are Peter H. Raap and Blanche Forke-Raap, and her parents.