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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.

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!

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. 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! 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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Johnson Transfer?
Would you please transfer?

Charles Johnson - 102724566
Christine Johnson - 102727845
Mildred Johnson - 102726315

they are my gg grand parents and my gg aunt
Added by AndrewDJohnson on Oct 04, 2015 7:28 AM
Neal Hesser
Grave Memorial# 51202459
Can you provide any evidence that Mary is the daughter of this Sarah?

1. The 1850, 1860 and 1856 Iowa census all support Mary being in 1848.
2. The George Hesser book "The History of the Hesser Family" says Mary's Father was born in 1830. (Supported by the 1850 and 1856 census...but not the 1860 (1860-26 = 1834)

1. Using the 1850 census Mary's mother would has been born abt. 1830. But I think this may be a lie, as she didn't want to admit to being several years older than her husband.

2. The 1856 Iowa census, supports this with John born in 1830 and Sarah in 1824.

3. Thus the 1860 census should show John as 30 (vice 26) and Sarah as 36 (vice 30) and looking at the document both scribbles are perhaps possible.

Possibly, she was born in 1822 and was 8 years older than her husband and just want to live the lie...which would be proven if you can help me verify that Mary is the daughter of the Sarah.

Added by Neal Hesser on Oct 02, 2015 10:15 AM
Shannon D.
Jon Richeson
Thank you so much for letting me know where he is buried. I really appreciate you taking the time to send me a message.
Added by Shannon D. on Sep 30, 2015 7:14 PM
Beverly Smith Harker
Paul Anderson
Thanks Katie for transfering Paul and Ruby to me. I appreciate it.
Added by Beverly Smith Harker on Sep 25, 2015 7:23 PM
Cheryl M.
Alvena Brandt Hill
The headstone that is pictured sunken is fixed I spent over a hour fixing it the cementery wanted to charge ahuge amount to fix it Every Year I spend the day caring for the graves of my loves that have past Are you related to Alvena?? I think I have a picture of it after i fixed it Thanks for posting this Memorial Cheryl M.
Added by Cheryl M. on Sep 20, 2015 6:50 PM
Joanne Slayden Hughey
Elizabeth Slayden
Thank you for the photo. I was so glad to find her on findagrave. She is my gg grandmother. I am researching my family history and was wondering in remarks you had Joseph may have been her second husband. Do you remember why you thought that. I am wondering if Campbell is her maiden name or 1st husband's name. She is buried with her daughter and son-in-law. Any information would be appreciated. Joanne Slayden Hughey
Added by Joanne Slayden Hughey on Sep 20, 2015 11:37 AM
Frank Gesualdo 85082991
Katie Lou-

I am doing research for my children and grandchildren. Frank was my ex father-in-law and my children's grandfather. Could you transfer the memorial to me?
Added by Joannine on Sep 17, 2015 10:02 PM
Debbi West
Martha Cram
Hi Katie Lou,

Thank you so much for the pictures of Frank and Martha Cram's headstones. Martha was a huge brick wall for me as I couldn't find her death information anywhere.

Again, many thanks.

Added by Debbi West on Sep 17, 2015 2:33 PM
Clora Wilkins
Thank you so much for the photos
Added by Carrick-Na-Maxwell on Sep 16, 2015 9:40 PM
Kathleen Murphy
Matilda McLaughlin Mullane
There are two listings for her in the St Ambrose Cemetery in Polk Co, IA. They are the same person. She is the second wife of Cornelius Mullane. He has a photo and information at St Ambrose Cemetery as well.

Thanks for all that you do for so many genealogy people. I would change and add to her information, but I can't figure it out.

Kathy Murphy
Added by Kathleen Murphy on Sep 04, 2015 4:35 PM
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