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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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I'm not sure if you are aware but you have edits waiting for your approval at
Added by TNB on Jul 16, 2015 12:51 PM
re: Charley Forgeay, Hilldale Cemetery, Morgan Co IN
I ran down to Martinsville today and double checked Charley's stone. Facing the stone, the extreme right area is weathered/worn. It does appear to read "Charlie Forgey" but the last two digits of the death year are too worn to read. His dads stone is a few rows in front of Charlies stone and the last name is spelled "Forgeay" which is not uncommon as you well know back in the old days. I do not access Ancestry but I do see in the 1880 census he and his older brother were living at home so I will make adjustments to his memorial. Thank you for catching that! There is a lot of unmarked graves where they are buried so I assume maybe his mom is there. I am going to check into who has access to those cemetery records. Thanks again.
Added by KEW on Jul 05, 2015 5:17 PM
love always
re: Tamara Daniel 36031569 obit
Added by love always on Jun 01, 2015 8:05 AM
love always
re: Debbie R Hall 36050078 obit
Added by love always on Jun 01, 2015 8:00 AM
RE: Emma Lee
Wow! Its nice your were related :) If you were unsure what the and similar symbols were, they would have made the headline show up in bold. The link to my name at the end would have linked it to my profile page. Both are acceptable for use on Find a Grave. (To see the FAQ on Help With Find a Grave Click Here
Makes it nice to be able to link one page to another in the bio. I learned how to do the bold letters in the forum. To have it all work, you have to do a copy and paste exactly as I sent it.
Kind regards,
Added by NJBrewer on May 21, 2015 5:09 PM
Brenda Brower
Franklin E Brower
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 79166835

Uncle Frank's middle name was Edwin. It's hard to tell in the picture, but that is an "E" for his middle initial, not a "P"

Thank you

~~ Brenda Brower
Added by Brenda Brower on Apr 10, 2015 2:48 PM
Jolene Orton Lenz
Thanks for addding the information
Added by JJH on Mar 07, 2015 5:17 PM
Wm B. Hayes #39586092
Thank you for your assistance and for such a quick response, I didn't expect that.

I know I'm not perfect, and probaby have mistakes on my tree, but whomever provided that info on the subject ancestor didn't do his/her homework very well. I might have bought into it, if it weren't for the death certificate of Wm. Monroe Hayes.

Added by LinLu on Feb 19, 2015 7:14 AM
Wm B. Hayes #39586092
Thank you so much for all your dedication to this project. One of my favorite sites for genealogy research. Please take a look at the subject memorial page. I do not think this William B. Hayes was a son of David Hayes and Charlotte Logsdon. These were my 2-great grandparents. I put a Mo Death Certificate on William Monroe Hayes showing he was a son. This Wm Hayes is now connected to his parents.

My grandmother and their daughter was Mary Jane Hayes who married Ira Stevens. Mary Jane was born 07 Jul 1860 and died 20 Sep 1941 in Independence MO but was buried in the Zoar Cemetery in Appanoose Iowa.

Thanks again Bill, your hard work, and time donated is really appreciated.

Linda Pearson
Added by LinLu on Feb 19, 2015 6:10 AM
Charlie Havlovick
Could you please transfer the memorials for Lillian Havlovick, Paul Havlovick, Mary Havlovick, Richard F. Havlovick. Thanks!
Added by Charlie Havlovick on Feb 17, 2015 4:51 PM
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