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Robert John Chudek (#46972218)
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Bio Photo Common sense and courtesy 'tips the scale' that a person should ask permission to reuse another person's work and you should include a credit by-line if that work is not YOUR original creation!
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Am I a memorial hoarder? I get many requests for memorial transfers, some with only a statement that "I am a relative" with no further explanation about related how, but more importantly, why is a transfer really required in the first place. If your purpose is to build a 'Family Tree' this is not the goal of this website.

I update memorials daily. I include source references. I correct errors, I scan and restore photographs, I wore holes in my pants from kneeing above stones and trimming overgrowth. I have mosquito bites. I have wiped buckets of sweat from my head and been sunburned. I have filled the car with gasoline and driven more miles than I want to acknowledge. I have enjoyed every minute of my work.

I also am the leader of the historical society cemetery project. Our team goal is to bring the society's extensive holdings online for everyone to enjoy for free. This project is never finished because new (old) information is continuously being discovered and added to the memorials.

In that context, memorial transfers actually get in the way of our work. When I transfer a memorial to someone else, additional steps are needed when new biographical information is discovered. I must now send a message to the new manager and "hope" they have the time, energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and desire to add more information to a memorial. I also have to periodically check to see if that information was actually added, taking away valuable time. A pet-peeve of mine is when I provide source documentation it is simply discarded at the whim of a 'non-genealogist' who deems it unimportant to cite the source of the information.

I have sent too many updates that have gone unfulfilled that I am now very reluctant to transfer memorials. Sorry. New people discover Find-A-Grave, become interested for a day, a week, or a month and then apparently disappear from the face of the planet.

I will work with you, directly (using the EDIT tab on any memorial) and make updates and corrections you provide. I will double-check my local sources and might be able to add even more information. Sometimes a conclusion can be made that "this is the wrong John Anderson", avoiding errors which can lead other researchers astray.

If you "absolutely, positively, need management of a memorial", please provide a compelling reason when asking for a transfer. I do follow the Find-A-Grave guidelines, and sometimes outside those guidelines. Most of all, thank you for your understanding. I look forward to working with people who also want to improve the accuracy of the information that is being collected and offered on this website.

Yes, the scope of work within Chisago County on this website goes beyond the basic Find A Grave mission of recording cemetery markers. Our goal is to make it known which specific "John Anderson" is being memorialized and to provide the source information that supports that determination.

And finally, thanks for enduring my 'rant'!
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How I got started: During the springs of 2000 and 2001 my wife and I toured parts of Europe and visited the birthplace, ancestral villages and descendants of my paternal great grandfather's family (Jan Czudek & Zuzanna Szmekova). This reunion closed a 93-year gap of my paternal family history.

During our trip to the eastern areas of the Czech Republic we visited the Kosariska cemetery to view the interment of my ancestors. I made notes of names and dates and took a couple of pictures. I decided to photograph a few of the other markers because the interment customs were different from back home. Before I knew it I was systematically photographing all the headstones at that cemetery. Looking back, this was the beginning of my graving hobby!

Upon returning to the USA I created a website and transcribed the names and dates from all my photographs. Eight years later I discovered the Find A Grave site where biographies and photos could be stored. I decided to create the Kosariska cemetery, upload my records, write a cemetery biography, and scan my original photographs. That project was completed in the spring of 2008 and the Kosariska, CZ pictures and interments are now online.

What I am doing now: I now concentrate my research where I live, primarily within Chisago County, Minnesota. All of the county cemeteries are represented on Find A Grave with their correct names, AKA's, gate photos, and GPS coordinates. There are no missing cemeteries. This link will take you to the complete listing:

Chisago County, MN cemetery list

All 42 Chisago County cemeteries have their transcriptions online as of 1-Aug-2013.

Work continues in order to bring unmarked grave information online. These unknown burials can often be identified when auditing the official records held by a cemetery association and comparing their information to the posted Find-A-Grave memorials.

Local volunteers are transcribing obituaries, researching family links, and posting photographs to the memorials, helping to unite the families and provide sourced information to the memorials.

Many stone and monument photographs are waiting in queue and are being uploaded as time permits.

Other background: I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Chisago County Historical Society which holds a variety of uncirculated resource materials in addition to microfilms of area newspapers, township records, census records, and other public data. Visit the CCHS website Research Library page to review indexes of our various holdings.

My personal goal of my participation in the Find A Grave website is for my contributions to preserve history and help others who are pursuing their family genealogy, either now or in the future.
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Terri Davis
Memorial #63547144
Correct dates for my grandmother, Nellie Mae Cox (nee Thomas)

Sources: Family records plus Minnesota death certificate 3299 and obit in North Branch review, 8 Mar 1918
Birth: 17 Aug 1887 in Amador,Minnesota
Death: 28 Feb 1918
Burial: North Branch, MN 2 Mar 1918
Cause of death "Pulmonary tuberculosis"

No grave stone.

Father: Arza Thomas (born 2 Feb 1851,Indiana, died 2 Sep 1910 North Branch MN, buried Oak Hill Cemetery, North Branch, MN on 4 Sep 1910, cause of death pulmonary tuberculosis; MN death certificate 2254, obit North Branch Review, 8 Sep 1910)

Mother: Sophie Simons (remarried John Poole) (born Minnesota, 18 Aug 1857; Died Duluth MN 26 Jun 1928, MN. Buried North Branch, MN. MN Death Cert #26854

Added by Terri Davis on Jan 30, 2016 10:17 PM
John Bjorge
Memorial # 67459365
Thank You
Added by John Bjorge on Jan 22, 2016 10:21 PM
John Bjorge
Robert just wanted to let you know I've started working to update information on some of your Memorials. My wife (Linda) and I have been working on and created our Family Tree. Whenever we see a link on to a Find a Grave memorial we add the information in the comments. Linda's Grand Father was Peter Paul Streasick and I would like to thank you for the memorial you created. At the time I was in the Navy and we were out visiting in St Paul. Pete and Lena drove out from Michigan to see us and our Daughters. He passed the next day, heart attack. I didn't have a uniform with me and had to have a friend send it out. It was truly a great honor to send Pete off with a salute and honor his life. Most of the family are in the North Branch cemetery and Linda was telling me that her Uncle Leo would drive up there to take care of them until he passed. She was also saying that she has heard of what good condition they are now. Croughan, Szymanski, Streasick, and Stroysack are family names. If you see updates on them they are mine.
Added by John Bjorge on Jan 22, 2016 8:43 PM
Connie Schwindt Rumold
Frank H Pratt - 156523496
I sooo much appreciate your contribution to this Civil War Veteran's memorial.

Do you know if his wife Helen was buried in this cemetery as well? She does not have a memorial page and if she is one of us should/could add one and link them together.

Again, Thank you so much.
Connie Schwindt Rumold
Added by Connie Schwindt Rumold on Jan 21, 2016 8:43 AM
Patricia Hampton
Bessie Blomgren
I have added the marriage information you supplied to Bessie's bio. Thank you so much. Pat
Added by Patricia Hampton on Jan 11, 2016 9:19 AM
RE: Albert Machiaszek
Thank you for the additional info. I know there often times was rounding up and down on years on markers. What I've done is added your bio info explaining the difference. Let me know if you don't think this conveys things properly.

Added by leslie on Dec 17, 2015 3:13 PM
Albert Machiaszek
You sent through an edit for a year of birth different than what is on his marker. Can you tell me what information you have showing it is different?
Added by leslie on Dec 17, 2015 9:39 AM
Kristin Lein
RE: Emil Aker LEIN memorial
Hi Robert Chudek,

It was wonderful to hear from you. I am new to all this ancestry searching, and am finding it to be so exciting.

On the subject of my grandmother, Ruth Isabel Fredeen Lein (Ruthie to us), yes, she did marry Lester Miller many years after her first husband Emil Anker Lein died at the age of 35. I don't know exactly when Lester and Ruthie got married, but I did know that she was older than Lester. I think Lester married Ruthie because he loved her delicious cooking. However, it sounds like perhaps she invented a new age for herself when filling out the marriage certificate to Lester! Eight years is quite a bit to chop off. I do wonder what the real story is behind that. When my father, Malcolm Emil Lein, was born on July 19, 1913, I believe that Ruthie was about 18.

Thank you so much for adding my grandfather Emil to the list of his parents' (Peter and Mariane Lein's) children. I know it would mean a lot to my father to have that corrected.

I appreciate all the work you must do to keep these records up-to-date. As a result, you enrich so many people's lives.

Kristin Anker Lein
Added by Kristin Lein on Dec 15, 2015 6:45 PM
Mary Palinka Duplicate
I destroyed my entry for Mary Palinka as you are correct. The other is a better memorial and more complete. I used my 50 caliber magic eraser wand with digital high speed titanium parts to eradicate this needless duplicate! :-)

Added by larry on Nov 20, 2015 2:52 PM
Mary M
RE: Memorial 29383683 - Mathias Braden
Thank you for this valuable information. I was trying with everything I had to figure out a way to manually insert his correct birth place. Now I know how. I am grateful to you for putting in the correct information. Thank you once again.
Mary L. Mys
Added by Mary M on Oct 27, 2015 12:31 PM
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