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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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RE: George W. Johnson
I have several George W. Johnsons, which one.
Added by Wamplerg on Mar 30, 2014 8:52 AM
Jim Rogers
Good for you, in requesting sources for information submitted! I too have had my own information corrupted, and usually the ones doing so have no basis for tendering the wrong information. As you say, it just get repeated... There is a great need for more sources!
Added by Jim Rogers on Mar 22, 2014 5:41 PM
Linda Garrett
Alfred M. Stillons
# 77119348 on the photo attached the cemetery is spelled "Stillons" however on the website Burial is is listed as "Spilliens" is this just a typo?

Thank you
Added by Linda Garrett on Mar 17, 2014 11:13 PM
Linda Garrett
Spillens Cemetery
I am confused, one of the individuals buried there has a photo attached and it has the spelling as Stillons Cemetery. Hoping you have some clarification for me.

Thank you
Added by Linda Garrett on Mar 15, 2014 9:45 AM
Harry B Personett
Thank you for transferring the memorial for Harry B Personett to me.
Added by Shell on Mar 13, 2014 11:08 AM
Jo Vollstedt
RE: Winona
So sorry, James Franklin Foley memorial # 63089262
spouse Winona DeOss Foley #63089241

Thank you!
Added by Jo Vollstedt on Mar 11, 2014 12:03 PM
Jo Vollstedt
RE: Winona

Find A Grave contributor Jo Vollstedt has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for Winona DeOss Foley.
memorial: #63089241 is the correct memorial number

I would like it if you could make name corrections and link these two spouses together. James Franklin Foley #6089262 married on dec 23 1896 in Elwood Nebraska, Winona DeOss # 63089241

This information is from Dister DeOs of Lyndonville, Vermont - Genealogy and Personal Glimpses by Irma Sanford Bendigo

Thank you in advance
Added by Jo Vollstedt on Mar 11, 2014 11:32 AM
Beth Bailey
RE: Jay Shepard's Dad...
True that...they really were the "wild west"days back then...asked for a transfer of his (James) parents but the poor guy who added them had a stroke so we'll see if he is able to do it for me or not.

I've had more fun researching this family,I really have & thanks to YOU,I have a few of the family members & able to add information as I find it.
Thought I found some info on Jays wife but just wasn't 100% positive it was her & boy oh boy,am I ever some glad I listened to my guts as the info was way out in left to speak :-)

Take care & again...Thank-You for everything,

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth Bailey on Mar 08, 2014 4:41 PM
Beth Bailey
Jay Shepard's Dad...
Hi William:
I thought you might get a charge out of the information that I have added tot he memorial of Jay.Shepards Dad (James).A Find A Grave member was kind enough to send it to me to add to his memorial.I thought it was really neat & thought you might to...Let me know what ya think,ok ?

~ Beth ~

P.S. I was only able to add the info to the "picture" section so that is where you will find the additional information...
Added by Beth Bailey on Mar 08, 2014 12:57 PM
Marie Ann Dubus Garrett
RE: Thomas Burrow Sherrod
I see it in the 1840 and 1850 census....The Sherrod's married into my Snodgrass/Walker lineage.
Added by Marie Ann Dubus Garrett on Feb 24, 2014 8:48 AM
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