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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.

Remember when you add a photo of a person, click on "Add a photo..." THEN the very next page, where it says "Browse", be sure to change "Type of photo" from "grave" to "person." This is important, because it will put an icon next to the memorial in the index showing there is a photo of this person, AND it will make sure no matter how many grave pictures there are on this memorial, the PERSON's photo will always be on top.

Those of you who add memorials from obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery too. I know it's time-consuming to transcribe, but Find-a-Grave is removing the scanned images of obits big time now, so be safe & transcribe. What a pain! 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 (http://cemeterysearch.dmgov.org/), I have SLOWLY
been adding memorials for people who have no stone. I will generally add a family stone or someone else's stone from that lot so that you can find the location of the lot. 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. You may also add a stone for someone who has none by buying a stepping stone kit & a bag of letters & numbers. No idea how long it will last, but take a photo & put it on the memorial!

I cannot swear that every person listed is buried in the lot listed. I found some strange couple supposedly buried in MY family plot, according to cemetery records. Well, they're not physically there-there's no room! And of course there's no stone, but I've never found their stones elsewhere, so where are they? But I did find something interesting. When people had big family plots, they would give a tiny space to a friend/neightbor who had no means to bury a baby, so there may turn up a cemetery record showing some stranger buried in the family plot.

It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru tens of thousands of records for Woodland cem, I have found lots that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. To get these records corrected, the RELATIVES must call the cemetery & request a search of records & correction. Expect a long process. I've found entire lots of stones with the same surname, & yet the records show each interment with a slightly different spelling.

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.
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Photography
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 the trees are bare! Plus you get the light at an angle that creates shadows you may not get in June. 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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Jean Wilson
Venner V. Tighe
I noticed there are 2 reports for this veteran. If you pull-up the cemetery list yours is listed above the other. Maybe you can contact that person, & delete one, please, to prevent confusion. Thank you.
Added by Jean Wilson on Jun 28, 2016 10:10 AM
Jerry Vasser
Minnie Freitag Memorial Transfer
Hi Katie Lou, I request that you transfer Minnie Freitag's Memorial #112948466 to me so my wife & I can manage it. She is my wife's Great Aunt.

Thank You
Jerry Vasser
Added by Jerry Vasser on Jun 23, 2016 3:00 PM
RoseOfThePlains
Memorial# 69973649
You are most welcome for the information, I try to do that as often as I can. If I were in your position as administrator I would wonder when someone asked me to make so many changes without giving any source to support it. Thank you for being so conscientious about these details, it's all in the details. :)
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Jun 22, 2016 5:32 AM
Jean Wilson
Embree
Do you know where Samantha Embree's gravestone was the last time you saw it? I have looked and looked, and hope to find it again. I thought it would peek out like his, but, so far no luck. thanks. And, by the way, I accidently found Artie D. Griffis' gravestone yesterday (A.Griffis lot 11). I was looking for 2 gravestones, and walked and walked in that section for about 3 hours. I kept seeing the deep rut west of this large monument, and pulled off the leaves and debris, and saw the stone. It was as large as the other 2, so was satisfied to simply clean off the dirt and leaves, and it was in pristine condition. He was only 9 yrs. old, and died in 1889. The ground below the monument must have really sunk for this stone to be that low. It's so nice to find something like that so easily. I never found the other 2!
Added by Jean Wilson on Jun 18, 2016 12:26 PM
Jean Wilson
Embree
Do you know where Samantha Embree's gravestone was the last time you saw it? I have looked and looked, and hope to find it again. I thought it would peek out like his, but, so far no luck. thanks. And, by the way, I accidently found Artie D. Griffis' gravestone yesterday (A.Griffis lot 11). I was looking for 2 gravestones, and walked and walked in that section for about 3 hours. I kept seeing the deep rut west of this large monument, and pulled off the leaves and debris, and saw the stone. It was as large as the other 2, so was satisfied to simply clean off the dirt and leaves, and it was in pristine condition. He was only 9 yrs. old, and died in 1889. The ground below the monument must have really sunk for this stone to be that low. It's so nice to find something like that so easily. I never found the other 2!
Added by Jean Wilson on Jun 18, 2016 12:24 PM
Jean Wilson
Schroppel
I was looking for sme graves. & came across this one for Peter & Katherine. Her date is not on the stone, so I beieve she's not here. Records can be checked, but I think maybe she moved??????
Added by Jean Wilson on Jun 17, 2016 5:10 PM
Fran Determann
#58756198 Donald Lucas Sr.
You took the photo at Rising Sun Cemetery Polk County, Iowa . There should be more grave stones there for his wife Madalyn Bensene Lucas 1925-1988, and 2 children. One downind in the river (do not know name or dates) and the other Donald Lucas Jr. and do not know dates either. Obit. for her says buried there by husband. I put in a request on this sire, but thought maybe you would know more.
Added by Fran Determann on Jun 17, 2016 10:33 AM
Jean Wilson
infantd of Demps Baker/ Dempsia Baker
I was looking at the Bakers needing photos, and came across these 2 babies that I think are the same. #144305385 was your report, stating the birth as 1912 and death March 1912. The other was listed as infant of Demps Baker #119258052 done by Becky Haley. Maybe you can check it out and condense it to one if that's the case. Thank you. Additionally, I'm going to treat you to lunch to thank you for your help, and get your secrets for finding the graves at Woodland. we can eat at the restaurant across from Woodland. OK?
Added by Jean Wilson on Jun 16, 2016 6:53 PM
Susan Ann Blakley
John Blakley's Plot #
Thanks so much for the info on my Uncle John's grave site. Blessings to you.
Added by Susan Ann Blakley on Jun 16, 2016 12:56 PM
cmpress
William Peverill
Hi Katie,

I will try again. Sorry for the blank message.

Iles Funeral Home has posted William's obituary if you would like to add any of that information or use it for finding parents.

Thank you for your contributions.
Added by cmpress on Jun 15, 2016 5:33 PM
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