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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!

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. 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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Bruce Kelly
Douglas Paul Kelly
I just posted a message asking to have Dorothy Kelly's memorial transferred to me. Could you also do it regarding my brother, Douglas Paul Kelly?
Bruce Kelly
Added by Bruce Kelly on Jul 24, 2014 7:33 PM
Bruce Kelly
Dorothy Ruth Hopper Kelly
This is my mother, and I was wondering if you'd mind transferring her findagrave memorial to me.
Bruce Kelly
Added by Bruce Kelly on Jul 24, 2014 7:30 PM
Thank You
I want to thank you for transferring my mother's and grandparents' memorials to my care: Alice Delmott, John and Zeta Mason and Georgia Watters.

I also want to thank you for taking the time and making the effort to document the burial sites of the many individuals I have seen your name associated with in creating a memorial. From personal experience, I know family genealogy mysteries can be solved with the discovery of a burial location.

Thanks again.
Added by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 7:28 PM
Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Kenneth Atkinson
Thank you for noticing that. My date was from his brother, my husband's father. He is in his 90's and he must have not remembered the date correctly. I will change it.


Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Added by Carolyn Leverich Atkinson on Jul 23, 2014 5:43 PM
Patty Wimpsett Killion
The transfer of Mattie Wimpsett Schoonover
Thank you for the transfer Katie! I truly appreciate it.

Added by Patty Wimpsett Killion on Jul 23, 2014 3:52 PM

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