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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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William A Davies III
Could you please tranfer my Grandparents to me Lester H Lee #82208453 and Thelma Lee #82208463 Thank you Bill
Added by William A Davies III on Jul 11, 2014 3:41 PM
Terri Monroe

Could you transfer memorial 84771359 of Floyd C. Stevens, to me it's my grandpa's brother. I would so appreciate it, thank you for all you do.
Find A Grave # 48169911
Added by Terri Monroe on Jul 08, 2014 2:14 PM
Fran Denny
Hill memorials
Katie, I appreciate the transfers of my relatives. Thank you for all the work you do on Find A Grave.
Added by Fran Denny on Jul 05, 2014 10:07 AM
Nancy E Bishop Franklin
Thank you for the edit tab update.
I was familiar with the edit tab options, but somehow missed the option allowing links to parents.
Very much appreciate your help.
Thank you
Added by RememberThem on Jul 04, 2014 7:45 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You!!!!
Wow, that was unexpected. Thank you very, very much! - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 03, 2014 1:08 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You!!!
You are awesome! Very much appreciated. - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 02, 2014 6:43 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You
If you will process your edits one more time for me, I won't bother you again. Promise. - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 01, 2014 6:08 PM
Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Personal surnames
You keep appearing wherever I research. So, I am just going to ask, what surnames are you personally researching for yourself. And Pictures, if you are researching the same lines as me, would you be willing to share pictures? Of my lines in Iowa, and on my father's side, I have EXTREMELY FEW compared to my mothers side. My uncle got all the pictures, and they refuse to share.

Pretty please?


Carolyn Leverich Atkinson
Find A Grave 47114736
Added by Carolyn Leverich Atkinson on Jul 01, 2014 2:25 PM

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