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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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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
Mary Sproat

Created by: William Yates
Record added: Jun 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71138071

Could you correct the spelling of Mary Sproat. You have Sprote
Added by ESmith on Feb 15, 2015 6:45 PM
Thank you very much for the transfers! I appreciate your work and having opportunity to be custodian of them. I tried to copy and paste part of your profile, but I have already met the soap box limit, apparently, and I could add no more. Thanks, anyway.
Added by HJ on Feb 15, 2015 3:34 PM
Added by HJ on Feb 15, 2015 3:30 PM
RE: Thank you!
I appreciate it--thank you!
Added by HJ on Feb 15, 2015 1:49 PM
Thank you!
I am overjoyed to find someone like-minded regarding the importance of accurate sources! Do you have any suggestions for monitoring memorials for dubious data added via the admins? This is such a problem. May I please copy to my profile your terrific explanation of why accurate documentation is important? I would certainly credit you for it. Thank you!
Added by HJ on Feb 14, 2015 11:20 AM
Jeanie Emerson
FAG # 71831965
Glen Emerson's middle initial is L not E. Glen Lilford Emerson born 25 Sept 1911 in Lewellen, Garden, Nebraska died 25 May 1994 Ronan,Lake, Montana. Could you make the changes and additions please.... Thanks so much. Glen was my step- grandfather.
Added by Jeanie Emerson on Feb 09, 2015 5:34 PM
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