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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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Hello, Marie is the d/o Isaac W Harrison and Clara Belle Chittenden, both of Iowa. I've linked her to her Father.

Thank you!
Added by Constable_Cascaden on Jul 30, 2016 11:20 PM
Gibson Family
Looking for someone that might know something about the Gibson Family that is buried in Avon Cemetery.
Added by Linda on Jul 30, 2016 6:31 PM
John and Doris Cady
I have corrected the cemetery to the Masonic Cemetery. Thanks for the information.
Added by Kathy on Jul 29, 2016 4:21 PM
Austrian Kolache
Uriah O Horsman
Oops, This Horsman Family from OHio, then Bloomington,McLean, Il. No Edwards County, Il Connection.
Added by Austrian Kolache on Jul 28, 2016 10:09 AM
Austrian Kolache
Uriah O. Horsman
Thanks for your part in the hunt. I was able to link Uriah to family in Edwards Co., and Coles or Mclean Co, Illinois, so thx for approving edit. Other names in lot, besides Florence his wife, I don't recognize....yet. Not related, just like to help out from my living room. My forte is people from Edwards County, Il and Van Buren and Davis County Iowa where I do have relatives. Other counties also, see my profile.
Added by Austrian Kolache on Jul 28, 2016 9:54 AM
John Williams Taylor

Photo you have added is upside down.

Added by clio on Jul 25, 2016 8:09 AM
Jean Wilson
John Leeds Clarkson
Oh, yes. And the only man by this name and years was born and lived in Penn. He never lived in Des Moines. VERY confusing.
Added by Jean Wilson on Jul 23, 2016 9:43 AM
Jean Wilson
John Leeds Clarkson
Oh, yes. And the only man by this name and years was born and lived in Penn. He never lived in Des Moines. VERY confusing.
Added by Jean Wilson on Jul 23, 2016 9:36 AM
Jean Wilson
John Cecil Warner
I was looking up Julia Herndon Polk, Jefferson's wife and your Find A Grave came up. I was so confused by this marker for John Warner. I don't believe this Julia or John Clarkson were buried here, just "in memory of". I looked in ancestry for Julia, and there was one Julia Herndon Polk who married Rollin Miles Warner. They were the parents of John C. Warner. I believe she was buried elsewhere, in Vienna, and Rollin in Conn. As for John Clarkson, he died in Florida, but I have no idea why he's mentioned here and not his dad. At any rate, I believe your Find A Grave for Julia and John Clarkson should be deleted. They also are not on the cemetery records as being buried in d.m. Thanks.
Added by Jean Wilson on Jul 23, 2016 9:13 AM
Memorials# 37512776 & 37512795
Thank you for the edits and family links. You do good work here and we all appreciate it so much. Best wishes to you.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Jul 20, 2016 1:26 PM
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