|Katie Lou (#46950342)|
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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 me corrections, additional info, obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL & SUGGEST A CORRECTION OR PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & I'll add them asap.
Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I don't think I'll make it by myself! 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."
I tried the edit on memorials I don't own. Wow! it works! Try it for name, dates, plot, or transcription.
This is the template that memorial owners use to add links:
In the blank space we type in the FAG# which is the Find A Grave Memorial# xxxxxxxx which is at the bottom of each memorial.
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 me. If someone else comes along later & says it's incorrect, then I'll change it because I DON'T VERIFY WHAT YOU TELL ME. I know I should credit all your info, but I get so much, it's hard to keep up.
And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know-Not a big deal. 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 Des Moines) As more & more memorials are added here, it becomes easier to link children to parents, wives to husbands. Let the memorial's owner know your info & we can link them together!
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. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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