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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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Larry Hart
William H. Smith Family
My name is Larry E. Hart. I live in Des Moines, Iowa (e-mail : I'm chasing informsation regarding a William H. Smith (17 January 1853 - 1937). According to the 1910 Iowa Census, A William H. Smith lived in the town of Norwalk, Iowa, was married to a Pinettie ? (bad handwriting), and had 8 children. Their 6th child was Charles William "Bill" Smith, who was my uncle (born 1902 or 1903 : died 1963.)He was married to my Mother's Sister. The William H. Smith listed in the census records' dates fit right with what I'm seeking. I'm quite disappointed to hear that you're not related to this family, but am still hoping you might have some info I can use. The William H. Smith you have created Find A Grave memorial #43218446 seems to fit MY William H. Smith. Even though you're not a relative, I, along with Uncle "Bill's" daughter-in-law would gretaly appreciate any bit of data that might be of use to us. I grew up believing that the man and wife (Percy & Sylvia Smith) also buried at Avon Cemetery near Des Moines were "Bill's" parents. However, their dates don't come close to fitting my search needs. At any rate, I would greatly appreciate any bit of info you might be able to share with me about YOUR William H. Smith. Even if you have NO data of assistance, please let me know that as well.
Until then, Thank you for your time and efforts. Larry E. Hart
Added by Larry Hart on Oct 21, 2014 4:10 PM
Thank-you! Thank-you!
Just want to Thank-you so much for finding the grave location for Peter Mein/Main in the Woodland Cemetery - Des Moines, IA. I had hired 2 Iowa historical society genealogical researchers to look for the grave location. Although they helped me with a lot of other great information, they did not find the grave location. To my great surprise!, you found it & sent the information as an edit for me to process...which I happily & immediately accepted.

I just can't thank-you enough for this long sought after information & help!

By chance, would there be an August William Main or some variation of the "Mein/Meyn/Main/?" spelling, b: 1875 Germany d: between 1895 & 1900, buried in the Woodland Cemetery as well? He is the oldest son of Peter Main.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2014 3:22 PM
may i use your photos? i will give you credit for taking them. are you related? thanks.
Added by Bekkie on Oct 18, 2014 3:44 AM

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