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William Yates (#47096650)
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Bio Photo All my photographs are hereby released to the public domain. Copy them and use them as you will.

If you wish to provide additional information, please quote an original source. Unverified data taken from web sites cannot be used. Suggested reading on "How to Cite Sources":

I sometimes get resistance to my insisting on sources. One person remarked, "I don't know what the year of the source is. You can obviously tell that it wasn't made up. I've never had anyone on FAG tell me they want sources or want them in the format that a teacher would when writing a paper. If you don't want to make my changes, I can have FAG do it". Here is my response:

I've been doing genealogy, both personally and professionally for 51 years, and long ago learned how important it is to be able to verify information. Right now I can find several undocumented items of data concerning my own ancestry on the internet. Much of it would be extremely valuable to me if only I could verify that it is true. I know that some of it is false, and it is repeated and copied over and over, since that is so easy to do with the click of a mouse. Several of my ancestors have the wrong parents linked, and it is repeated sometimes a hundred times.

There are good reasons for using a standard format for documentation, and the best genealogical journals insist on it. Check a copy of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, for example. The reason the year of publication is important is that sometimes there are different editions, and one might have certain information which is not in another. I never thought that you made up anything. Family researchers are by nature very honest, but they are sometimes mistaken, and it is absolutely necessary to check their sources.

After spending countless hours photographing tombstones all over the western U. S. and then countless more hours creating memorials, I like to see evidence for any additions or corrections. You are welcome to send information if it is documented. Someday, if you stay with genealogy work, I think you will understand why it is important.


My large database with ancestors of my children and descendants of those ancestors is on WorldConnect at RootsWeb. See the "williamyates" file. It is also on, and is more up to date there.

For many years I was involved in genealogy publishing as a business, and still run Yates Publishing, but on a much smaller scale. Previous to retirement, my full time job was teaching mathematics. Now I am retired I spend most of my time researching family.

Please go to my web site for a 50% discount on any of the family group sheets!
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Added by S Evon DAVIS W on Feb 02, 2016 9:50 PM
Lena Seng
I am just wondering if we are related someway, also. My maiden name is Yates and I was born in Red Lodge, Montana which is near the Luther area where my Missouri Yates family homesteaded.
Added by Lena Seng on Jan 04, 2016 12:42 PM
Lena Seng
Nancy Schuchman
Thank you for the reply. I do see that I can connect her to her parents using the edit tab and then wait for confirmation. She was married 5 times and has an obit, etc, etc which I would like to update. Is it possible for you to transfer her to me? I would very much appreciate being able to do so. Thank you for your service.
Added by Lena Seng on Jan 04, 2016 12:22 PM
Lena Seng
Nancy Schuchman
Would it be possible to transfer Nancy Schuchman to me as she is my great aunt and I would like to connect her to her other family members. Her Find A Grave # 67463704 Riverside Cemetery same as Riverview Cemetery. Thank you. Lena Seng (#46887311)
Added by Lena Seng on Jan 03, 2016 10:57 PM
Wilda Dillion
Mr. Yates - Memorials #30159574 and 42002512 are the same person -Harold Herbert BALTZOR. You have the correct spelling of the last name. The information on both are correct. Can you combine them? I would like the item about Harold's death that Walter told to me put on your memorial.

I hope you can fix this. Thank you., Wilda
Added by Wilda Dillion on Dec 30, 2015 2:32 PM
Cathy Morgan
RE: James Elmer Alfrey
I did
Added by Cathy Morgan on Dec 11, 2015 11:54 AM
Cathy Morgan
James Elmer Alfrey
I have added my source to the site. Normally I do not post DC but after reading your bio, I decided it might be wise. After you have verified the info would you notify me so that I can remove it. It is interesting that he was still a cowboy at that age.
Added by Cathy Morgan on Dec 10, 2015 11:35 PM
w Kreider
Cecil Raymond Bish
Thank you very much for updating his memorial, and for creating these memorials in the first place.
Added by w Kreider on Nov 29, 2015 8:50 PM
t walden
Klair memorials
Hi, Meant to thank you for creating and maintaining these memorials. Great job. Tom
Added by t walden on Nov 26, 2015 8:03 PM
Ordie S. Tadlock
Hello Mr. Yates, thank you so much for transferring Ordie's memorial to me, I appreciate it. Kind regards, Taddy
Added by Taddy on Nov 15, 2015 12:20 PM
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