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Bill Bates (#47623045)
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Bio Photo Retired US Army colonel and then college administrator.

40-year genealogist. Have written 11 family genealogy books.

Travel extensively to attend college sports events and visit cemeteries. In fact, have posted FindAGrave "volunteer photos" from cemeteries in 35 different states, plus DC.

Attempting to list and photograph every grave at Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Fort Huachuca Cemetery.

Will gladly transfer a memorial to you unless I'm a closer relative. Just ask.

And feel free to use any of my photos.


A couple of tips if you would like volunteer photographers like me to take cemetery pictures for you. First, if possible, include the grave location -- one way to learn a grave location is to phone the cemetery; if a cemetery with thousands or even tens of thousands of graves has 20 photo requests and the volunteer has only an hour or two to take photographs, we are likely to select first the requests that include the grave location. Second, if you want multiple photographs (e.g., husband and wife), list both/all of them; we volunteers feel we are more helpful the more pictures we take, so we are likely to choose first a pair of requests.

Thanks, and have an awesome day.
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Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols
RE: Forest to St. Marys
Bill, It has been shown to us that Forest Cemetery Association owns the land and the church owns the land south of J Ave.
Added by Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols on Apr 15, 2014 2:23 PM
Shelli Steedman
RE: Cemetery moves
I received a message regarding the problem. Sounds like they are asking F/A/G to take care of it.
Added by Shelli Steedman on Apr 15, 2014 1:47 PM
Paul Mack
Forsyth to St. Marys
There is a bigger problem here. I moved the memorial. But someone else is playing with alias names which caused the problem in the first place.
Added by Paul Mack on Apr 15, 2014 8:46 AM
Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols
Forest to St. Marys
Bill, We have recieved your emails concerning transfers from Forest to St. Marys. Please give us some time to work out what needs to be done. Our inbox is filling up emails concerning the creation of a new St Marys. Both pro and con. We can see both sides of the argument.
Last year we photographed all of St Marys (section? Cemetery?) in Forest cemetery. We have already put up about 80 of those and have over 1000 more that need to be looked at. That is now all on hold till a decision is made on how to handle this matter. It takes time to create the memorials so we want to put them in the correct location. We just want everyone to be on the same page and do what is right for the F.A.G. community.

Thank you for your time and understanding.

Cindy & Steve
Added by Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols on Apr 15, 2014 8:39 AM
Kathy Slofkosky
Elizabeth Yarkosky
Bill, I tried to change the name of the cemetery, but it continues to read Forest Cemetery. St. Mary's is a part of this cemetery. I did add a note to indicate that Elizabeth is buried in the St. Mary's part of the cemetery.

Added by Kathy Slofkosky on Apr 15, 2014 8:31 AM
Sharon Welch
RE: Forest Cemetery
Hi Bill,
I do appreciate your information. But, there is another thing to consider. The Mahaska County Courthouse does not list St Marys Cemetery as a separate cemetery within Mahaska County. It is included in Forest. I have always made it a point to follow the county's legal listings for cemeteries. I can certainly see your reasoning also in lisitng it as a separate cemetery but it "is" within the walls of Forest as is some of the other sections. I feel to save a bunch of confusion a good solution would be to keep the new cemetery listing and have it merged with Forest. That would fix the error or 2 evils as they say. Please don't feel I am being hard to get along with. I too, would like to make this work since I have dealt with people entering memorials under the wrong St Marys Cemetery, and, as a photo voluteer it has been a problem with me being able to keep the listings correct as well, within the 2 St Marys Cemeteries. (The one listed in Mahaska county is the one located in Eddyville, Iowa)
I have taken pride in trying to maintain an "acurate" Mahaska County listing on the Find A Grave site.
I really do think at least Merging the newly listed St Marys Cemetery (Oskaloosa) with Forest would help everyone to get the listings right in the begining and aid in eliminating the confusion.
It seems for others who have had similar confusions,this has worked very well. You would have St Marys as a separate name and it could still be within the walls of Forest.
Added by Sharon Welch on Apr 14, 2014 9:52 AM
Sharon Welch
Forest Cemetery
Hi Bill,

I see that someone has taken it upon theirself to create "yet another" St
Mary's Cemetery (Oskaloosa) in the Mahaska County, Iowa cemetery listing for
the Find A Grave site.

This St Marys Cemetery you are referring to has always been a dedicated
part of the Forest Cemetery listing in the instructions. Not sure why
someone felt the need to create a new cemetery listing?

I also see that there are only 33 listings in the section you are referring
to. The St Marys Cemetery in Oskloosa is a valid part of Forest and it
also refers to that in the instructions on the Forest Cemetery page.

I think we need to get back to the way it has always been and not make it
any more confusing. We need to merge these cemeteries and not try to keep
them separate!

MadonnaKeefe and her husband is my friends mother and all memorials that I have created( that
were actually buried in the St Mary's section of Fores)t I have always put
under Forest Cemetery. If we read the info for Forest Cemetery it includes
all areas of Forest that are included in Forest.

I am sure you are also aware that there is a St Mary's Cemetery located in
Eddyville that has in the past created a big problem. A lot of people were
putting buriels in this St Marys Cemetery and they were actually buried in
the St Marys section of Forest Cemetery.

Added by Sharon Welch on Apr 13, 2014 3:21 PM
Spaceman Spiff
Herbert & Anita Carey
Thank you so much for the headstone photos for Herbert & Anita Carey from Ft. Logan National Cemetery! I appreciate your time.
Added by Spaceman Spiff on Feb 16, 2014 10:08 AM
Lenora (Weber) Mulock
Minten photos
thanks so much for the pictures. I really appreciate it There are many families from my area in Waukesha County, Wis that went to Alton, IA
Added by Lenora (Weber) Mulock on Jul 07, 2013 7:52 AM
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Duane Harold Esler
Thank you Bill for the photo of Duane that you took for me at Fort Snelling.
Added by Memory Lane on Jul 01, 2013 1:34 PM
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