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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, even if it means scanning it through your printer & adding them as jpg's. 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 with no gravestone photo except maybe the family stone because I have already taken photos of the stone(s) in that lot. That means either the stones are unreadable or absent for that person, but the records say they are buried there. 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. And if you want to edit my memorials by adding the location, have at it. It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru a few hundred records for Woodland cem, I have found several that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. I haven't researched how to correct the city's records yet.

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-$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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Deborah D.
Memorial #74467010 & #74467021
Hi Katie Lou Thomas Ray Collins married Corale E Collins and she is a sister to my Great Grandma Martin. I was wondering if you would be willing to transfer these memorials to me? I have some family pictures and other information that I can put on them and I could link them to other family members. Thank You for your time and help. I hope to hear from you soon. db
Added by Deborah D. on Nov 23, 2014 11:02 PM
Todd Barnes
William R Barnes
I am looking for my gggrandfather, you have a William Barnes 35488049. What I know about him is, his wife had a son then died the next day or two later, that's in 1890. Right after that he left the baby son with his parents and his other son and Dauhter with his dead wife's parents. Then he walked out to the main road to get a ride somewhere to find work. His birth date is Mar. 11 1864, and he had a nickname of Babe which he could have dropped. There are all kind of stores with him but is what I know for 100%.
Added by Todd Barnes on Nov 23, 2014 1:03 PM
Kenneth D. Tyler
Clarence Benson McCloud
Please link Clarence to his parents Slathiel McCloud (#23528672) and Leota (Brown) McCloud (#23528669). Thank you.
Ken Tyler, Oostburg WI
Added by Kenneth D. Tyler on Nov 21, 2014 7:35 AM
Memorial# 37036572
Thank you for this update and all of your work maintaining these memorials, it is such a great source of information for researchers. Best wishes.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Nov 18, 2014 12:43 PM
The Collector
Woodlawn Good Family
Thank you for bringing the infant Good to my attention, I agree and have made the correction. Thank you for the Des Moines web site, a great help. From that site I think Good,___ age 4 is Minnie May, Barbara Good age 11 is Matilda B. and F. M. is Edmund M. which would put him into the same family block 15 lot 433. - Pat
Added by The Collector on Nov 17, 2014 11:15 AM
Denise Brown Biard Ercole
Groff's in Woodland Cemetery
Katie Lou! Thank you for the location edits to the resting locations of this family!!! Denise
Added by Denise Brown Biard Ercole on Nov 16, 2014 3:10 PM
Nancy Wallace
Maude Gibson Wallace
Elizabeth Maude Wallace is my great grandmother who I knew well until she died when I was 13. She did go by Maude but legally Elizabeth was her 1st name - when she was little her family called her Lizzie.

I do appreciate all you do for the memorials you create. Not everyone checks details like you. Thanks

Added by Nancy Wallace on Nov 15, 2014 11:24 PM
Colleen Kubis
Can't thank you enough for the photos of both C.W. Wilcox and wife Mary E Page. Find A Grave Memorial# 37396817.
can you provide me with a source for these images.
I have one of Mary with her daughter.
Colleen Kubis
Added by Colleen Kubis on Nov 10, 2014 5:31 PM
RE: Thank-you! Thank-you!
I have to Thank-you, yet again, for passing along this wonderful and extremely useful website to help search for ancestors in Des Moines cemeteries!

This website you sent also has maps of the cemetery itself & maps of how to get there. It is fast & easy on the eyes. Even with some mistakes here & there, what a treasure!

Thank-you! as well, for the all the research & legwork you do for Find A Grave. I can't imagine how difficult it will be to try to put grave locations together with illegible markers, but what a discovery it could be for some lucky descendant.
Added by AB674 on Nov 08, 2014 12:12 PM
Laura Maude Holcomb
Hi Katie Lou, Thank you for putting up this Find-a-Grave pic and page for my gr. gr. grandma. I would really like to expand on this page and get her maiden name, her parents names, the names of her children and of her first husband and such on her Find-a-grave page. Would it be acceptable to you if you transferred my gr. gr. grandma's page to me to maintain? I would very much appreciate it. Thanks, Lynn Smith

Added by LSmith on Nov 08, 2014 10:57 AM
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