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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 (, 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.

Cemetery 101:
Cemeteries care about burial dates, not birth or death dates. If they bury someone, and then move them somewhere else, they will have 2 burial dates, or maybe a date much later than the death date. Very confusing! If there is no stone, then take the dates on the memorial with a grain of salt. Actually, even with a stone....

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. But remember many edits can be done without a transfer, and I continue to go back over these memorials and change or add info that cannot be easily done if it is not being maintained by me. 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 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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Dave Wineinger Sr
Posting for Floyd Earl Wineinger
Not sure where you all get your info, but there was never a child named Linda For Floyd and Ruth Wineinger. I'm there son.
Added by Dave Wineinger Sr on Sep 17, 2016 9:28 AM
Susan Ann Blakley
Eugene Lee White, Jr
Thanks for the plot number for my cousin, Eugene's memorial. God bless you.

Added by Susan Ann Blakley on Sep 14, 2016 8:49 PM
The Locator
Grave Markers
Just glance thru your bio and am wondering if I could use a photo of a grave marker that you took to add to my family tree............
Added by The Locator on Sep 12, 2016 11:44 AM
D. Steele
Fae Shawhan 121264452
Thank you so much for Fae's memorial. She was a greatly respected professor of biology at Drake University. If you can direct me to an obituary service, I will put one in for her as per your instructions.

Thanks, David Steele (a Stutsman family member)
Added by D. Steele on Sep 10, 2016 8:43 PM
Sharon Ballman
I have already thanked you for finding my XX Grandmother.
If you will transfer her over to my care I would appreciate it. Memorial# 167368860
I am a senior citizen and thankfully my daughter has taken an interest in genealogy and will be taking over for me. My older sister who had to give up searching for family along with me, because she is losing her sight, would also like to thank you. You made two old ladies very happy. We have searched for so many years and were not certain we would locate her in our life times. Our family moved on to Washington State and she along with other family members were left behind, all the way back to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York. She was our "Brick Wall" in Iowa. One of the reasons being, the family name was actually ADAM.
I would also like to add that your sight is the most useful one that I have encountered in all of 6 +years I have been a member of Find a Grave.

Again, thank you.
Sharon Hommel Ballman
Added by Sharon Ballman on Sep 10, 2016 2:39 PM
steven coulter
L Tom Weatherwax
Thank you Katie Lou.
Added by steven coulter on Sep 10, 2016 8:52 AM
Gay Hobt Morton
Donald Lozier
Thank you for the transfer of Donald Lozier. Due to your hard research I was able to locate this unmarked grave. The transfer made it possible to write a bio for him even though I am only distantly related. From across the miles, thanks you.
Added by Gay Hobt Morton on Sep 10, 2016 6:40 AM
Gay Hobt Morton
Donald Lozier
Thank you for the transfer of Donald Lozier. Due to your hard research I was able to locate this unmarked grave. The transfer made it possible to write a bio for him even though I am only distantly related. From across the miles, thanks you.
Added by Gay Hobt Morton on Sep 10, 2016 6:30 AM
Tom Brocher
Hans Thorvald Nielsen and Matilda Amelia Brocher
Thank you very much for transferring these memorials to me. I've had the chance to add a biography for both memorials. Much appreciated.

Added by Tom Brocher on Sep 06, 2016 10:21 PM
Little Lady
Mahlon Stout and Harriet R. Stout
Thank you for transferring their memorials to me. :)
Added by Little Lady on Sep 06, 2016 3:57 PM
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