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Katie Lou (#46950342)
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Bio Photo Of course I'm not related to all these memorials!
Help me link all these memorials in Polk County, Iowa. All info I have added come from census's, SSI, cemetery records, and YOUR info. I do not keep records of where this info comes from. Please send obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL. You can do a lot of corrections yourself now! Send transfer requests, obits, etc. by clicking on the "Suggest..." button & I'll do those ASAP. And remember... EVERYBODY is adding corrections!
Please, Please, Please do the corrections that you can do yourself, because my cable provider is now charging by the mile, so help me out!

It's getting so cool now! There are so many memorials & people are adding so many links. It pleases me so much that people can add a memorial & immediately connect to parents. I do a lot of connecting from censuses & it's so great to find HUGE families already connected.

Those of you who add memorials from obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery too, even if it means scanning it through your printer & adding them as jpg's. We may never find the gravestone, but at least the obit will be saved!

With the addition of the public cemeteries in Polk county adding records on line (, I have SLOWLY
been adding memorials with no gravestone photo except maybe the family stone because I have already taken photos of the stone(s) in that lot. That means either the stones are unreadable or absent for that person, but the records say they are buried there. If I was dedicated to just a few surnames, I would hunt endlessly for the stones, however, that doesn't mean YOU can't go looking in your family lots. And if you want to edit my memorials by adding the location, have at it. It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru a few hundred records for Woodland cem, I have found several that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. I haven't researched how to correct the city's records yet.

Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I'll need your help! And if I transfer it to you, be sure to add stuff! You must be a member of FAG to maintain a memorial. See instructions on the left under "Help with Find A Grave."

Please be patient! My e-mail is pretty heavy. Most e-mails are straight forward. Do this, transfer that, but then there's those ones that get me scurrying around in the files trying to find a trail, a connection, a vague memory of something, someone. The more memorials I add, the burieder I get.

Also remember, there are mistakes on gravestones. Mistakes on marriage records, death certificates, birth records, census records. Recent records appear to be more accurate, but people have told me of engravers making mistakes on very recent stones. Whatever info is on a memorial, it's the LATEST info provided.

And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know or correct it yourself. Lots of my info comes from 1925 Iowa census. If you see "s/o Joe Blow & Bibbity Boo", I'm just copying it straight from the census and they've got terrible spelling & transcription mistakes.

I have a challenge for those of you who do not live in Iowa. Snoop around in Find-a-Grave & find obits or look for them by Googling a name. (easiest way: Full Name followed by city) As more & more memorials are added here, it becomes easier to link children to parents, wives to husbands.
I'm finally getting better at taking photos. At first, the max was 50k. Very bad photos! Now it's 8M. What a difference!

So here's what I know:

Sunny, Sunny, Sunny. Early morning, you can get light under the trees. Late afternoon, you can get light under the trees. Summer's full of plants, decorations & grass clippings. Fall's full of leaves & mud. Spring's full of mud & peonies. Winter light is poor but no leaves! You need to go in the morning & in the afternoon, every season. The hardest is the north facing stones. Iowa is not known for its north sun. Luckily there are not many such stones. You may have to go back several times to get a good shot. I use a 2" paintbrush to clean stones. A nice one for grass clippings, an old one for dirt & mud. Scissors for clipping grass. If you are doing very old stones, remember shadows. You can create them by using a 4' mirror, the kind you tack to the closet door & it costs around $5-$15. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight at an angle across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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Transfer of William Larison #24766554 to me
Hi Katie Lou, Thank you for getting a find-a-grave record going for William Larison, my paternal gr. grandfather. I would like to request that my gr. grandpa William Larisonís find-a-grave record be transferred to me. I have more information and would like to get this reflected. Thank you very much. Lynn
Added by LSmith on Dec 15, 2014 8:23 AM
Memorial# 77793424
Hi Katie Lou,
Sorry about the blank message. (:
I am writing to thank you for all the hard hours of work you donate to enhance this site and for the memorials and photos you have added.
I am asking to use the photo of Charles Alfred VanVelson on my family tree, giving credit to you for the photo and the memorial.
I love your tips and information about taking headstone photos.
Thanks again,
Debbie # 47064450
Added by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2014 1:29 PM
Memorial# 77793424
Added by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2014 1:26 PM
Memorials# 98347299 & 92233559
Thank you for the update/family links. You do such a good job of maintaining these memorials. Best wishes to you.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Dec 09, 2014 11:52 AM
You Are VERY Appreciated!
Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! For the transfer of my great great grandmother, my great grandmother & my great aunt & uncle's memorials.

I always breathe a sigh of relief whenever I see your name come up in memorials, because I know you always respond quickly, knowledgeably & generously.

I truly appreciate all of the hard work you have generously done to help not just me, but countless families, connect to, remember & honor those that came before us.

With Kind Regards & Great Appreciation!
Added by AB674 on Dec 05, 2014 10:56 PM
Memorials# 80044435 & 52238468
Thank you for the updates and for your very attentive maintenance of these memorials. You're a peach! Best wishes to you in your work here.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Dec 04, 2014 6:02 AM
R & J Black & G Key
Thank you for the kind transfers. Your work is amazing and most appreciated.
Added by R & J Black & G Key on Dec 02, 2014 8:11 AM
Find A Grave - Al Lorey, Olive Lorey, Florence Mapes
Thank you for transferring these memorials to me!
Added by Penny on Nov 30, 2014 7:55 AM
Memorials# 99523930, 80035522, & 52453896
Thank you for all of your work here at Find a Grave in maintaining these memorials, it is a lasting service to so many people. Best wishes to you.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Nov 29, 2014 5:25 AM
Deborah D.
Memorial #74467010 & #74467021
Hi Katie Lou Thomas Ray Collins married Corale E Collins and she is a sister to my Great Grandma Martin. I was wondering if you would be willing to transfer these memorials to me? I have some family pictures and other information that I can put on them and I could link them to other family members. Thank You for your time and help. I hope to hear from you soon. db
Added by Deborah D. on Nov 23, 2014 11:02 PM
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