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Robert John Chudek (#46972218)
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Bio Photo Common sense and courtesy 'tips the scale' that a person should ask permission to reuse another person's work and you should include a credit by-line if that work is not YOUR original creation!
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Am I a memorial hoarder? I get many requests for memorial transfers, some with only a statement that "I am a relative" with no further explanation about related how, but more importantly, why is a transfer really required in the first place. If your purpose is to build a 'Family Tree' this is not the goal of this website.

I update memorials daily. I include source references. I correct errors, I scan and restore photographs, I wore holes in my pants from kneeing above stones and trimming overgrowth. I have mosquito bites. I have wiped buckets of sweat from my head and been sunburned. I have filled the car with gasoline and driven more miles than I want to acknowledge. I have enjoyed every minute of my work.

I also am the 'captain' of the historical society cemetery project. Our team goal is to bring the society's extensive holdings online for everyone to enjoy for free. This project is never finished because new (old) information is continuously being discovered and added to the memorials.

In that context, memorial transfers actually get in the way of this work. When I transfer a memorial to someone else, additional steps are needed when new biographical information is discovered. I must now send a message to the new manager and "hope" they have the time, energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and desire to add more information to a memorial. I also have to periodically check to see if that information was actually added. A pet-peeve of mine is when I provide source documentation it is simply discarded at the whim of a 'non-genealogist' who deems it unimportant to cite the source of the information.

I have sent too many updates that have gone unfulfilled that I am now very reluctant to transfer memorials. Sorry. New people discover Find-A-Grave, become interested for a day, a week, or a month and then apparently disappear from the face of the planet. Now there are even more steps necessary to get a memorial updated. Updates then need to be submitted (with proof of failed attempts with the memorial manager) to the EDIT address.

I will work with you, directly (using the EDIT tab on any memorial) and make updates and corrections you provide. I will double-check my local sources and possibly be able to add even more information. Sometimes a conclusion that "this is the wrong John Anderson" can be made, avoiding errors which can lead other researchers astray.

If you "absolutely, positively, need management of a memorial", please provide a compelling reason when asking for a transfer. I do follow the Find-A-Grave guidelines, and sometimes outside those guidelines. Most of all, thank you for your understanding. I look forward to working with people who also want to improve the accuracy of the information that is being collected and offered on this website.

And finally, thanks for enduring my 'rant'!
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How I got started: During the springs of 2000 and 2001 my wife and I toured parts of Europe and visited the birthplace, ancestral villages and descendants of my paternal great grandfather's family (Jan Czudek & Zuzanna Szmekova). This reunion closed a 93-year gap of my paternal family history.

During our trip to the eastern areas of the Czech Republic we visited the Kosariska cemetery to view the interment of my ancestors. I made notes of names and dates and took a couple of pictures. I decided to photograph a few of the other markers because the interment customs were different from back home. Before I knew it I was systematically photographing all the headstones at that cemetery. Looking back, this was the beginning of my graving hobby!

Upon returning to the USA I created a website and transcribed the names and dates from all my photographs. Eight years later I discovered the Find A Grave site where biographies and photos could be stored. I decided to create the Kosariska cemetery, upload my records, write a cemetery biography, and scan my original photographs. That project was completed in the spring of 2008 and the Kosariska, CZ pictures and interments are now online.

What I am doing now: I now concentrate my research where I live, primarily within Chisago County, Minnesota. All of the county cemeteries are represented on Find A Grave with their correct names, AKA's, gate photos, and GPS coordinates. There are no missing cemeteries. This link will take you to the complete listing:

Chisago County, MN cemetery list


All 42 Chisago County cemeteries have their transcriptions online as of 1-Aug-2013.

Work continues in order to bring unmarked grave information online. These unknown burials can often be identified when auditing the official records held by a cemetery association and comparing their information to the posted Find-A-Grave memorials.

Local volunteers are transcribing obituaries, researching family links, and posting photographs to the memorials, helping to unite the families and provide sourced information to the memorials.

Many stone and monument photographs are waiting in queue and are being uploaded as time permits.

Other background: I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Chisago County Historical Society which holds a variety of uncirculated resource materials in addition to microfilms of area newspapers, township records, census records, and other public data. Visit the CCHS website Research Library page to review indexes of our various holdings.

My personal goal of my participation in the Find A Grave website is for my contributions to preserve history and help others who are pursuing their family genealogy, either now or in the future.
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Galen Blomster
Memorial 64177911
Please add this bio for Daniel Johnson at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery.

Daniel Johannesson Johnson was born in August 1839 in Växjö, Kronobergs Lan, Sweden. He moved from Växjö to Ljuder in 1858 at the age of 19 where he was a dräng (hired hand). Daniel married Carolina Svensdotter in 1866 at the age of 27. They had three children, Johan August, Swan and Anna. When we visited Sweden in 2012 we found the home site where Carolina and Daniel lived near Ljuder in Småland. All that remained was a grove of trees with the remains of a stone foundation, a metal plaque identifying the settlement as a historic landmark and an underground root cellar framed in rocks which remained in mint condition. I have attached pictures of the home site and root cellar.

Carolina’s brother, Frank, came to America in 1864 and settled in Fish Lake Township near Stark, Minnesota. Daniel and his wife Carolina and sons August and Swan and daughter Anna came to America in 1881. They homesteaded about a mile east of her brother, Frank Swenson’s homestead on Horseshoe Lake. Daniel was a farmer and his family were members of the Fish Lake Lutheran Church in Stark.

Daniel died December 14, 1907 at the age of 68 and is buried in the Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery.
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 26, 2014 2:21 PM
Galen Blomster
Memorial 64177936
Please add this memorial to Caroline Johnson at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery. She is my great grandfather's sister. I will also send you bios for her husband and children. Not being able to maintain the memorials, I am not able to update the family links.

Carolina (Lina) Svensdotter was born April 4, 1832 to Sven Gunnesson and Margretha Svensdotter in Vida Norregård, Ljuder, Kronobergs Lan, Sweden. Carolina was the oldest child and only girl in the family. She went by the name of “Lina”. Carolina married Daniel Johannesson Johnson in 1866 in Ljuder at the age of 34. They had three children, Johan August, Swan and Anna. When we visited Sweden in 2012 we found the home site where Carolina and Daniel lived near Ljuder in Småland. All that remained was a grove of trees with the remains of a stone foundation, a metal plaque identifying the settlement as a historic landmark and an underground root cellar framed in rocks which remained in mint condition. I have attached pictures of the home site and root cellar.

Carolina’s brother, Frank, came to America in 1864 and settled in Fish Lake Township near Stark. Carolina and her husband Daniel Johnson and sons August and Swan and daughter Anna came to America in 1881. After she came to America she went by the name Caroline Johnson. They homesteaded about a mile east of her brother, Frank Swenson’s homestead on Horseshoe Lake. Caroline and her family were members of the Fish Lake Lutheran Church. Caroline and her brother Frank used to lead the congregation in singing.
Caroline’s husband Daniel died in 1907.

Caroline died in 1914 at the age of 82. Both Caroline and Daniel are buried in the Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery.
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 26, 2014 1:37 PM
Galen Blomster
Bio for # 64178248
Please add the following bio for John Albert William Swenson, my great uncle buried at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery

John Albert William Swenson was born February 23, 1868 to Frank and Johnna Swenson at their homestead along Horseshoe Lake near Stark, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at the Fish Lake Lutheran Church in Stark. He was married to Sophie Lundeen on November 23, 1904 at North Branch, by Rev. Linner. His godparents were Mr. and Mrs. Hokenson. John and Sophie had one adopted child, Marjaya Victoria who married Dolph Nordgren of North Branch. Marjaya had two girls, Jeanne Kay and Julie Ann.

After John’s father, Frank, died on February 2, 1891 from pneumonia, John and his brother, Charlie, took control and ownership of the farm, but every decision made needed Johanna’s permission. On October 19, 1891 John A. Swenson and Charles E. Swenson purchased an additional 40 acres from William and Ann Batt for $840. The mortgage on the land was payable 3 years after the date of sale to Ole Anderson with interest payable annually at the rate of 8% per annum. On Nov. 18, 1907 the 120 acres of land owned jointly between Charles E. Swenson and John A. Swenson was divided up equally. John Swenson continued to farm his 60 acres of land until his wife Sophie became sick and died in 1929. At that time, he sold the farm and moved to North Branch to do carpentry work.

John Swenson died February 4, 1952 at the age of 83.
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 23, 2014 8:48 PM
Galen Blomster
Memorial 64178248 and his wife
Robert, you are absolutely correct....I used the wrong terminology in requesting that I "sponsor" this memorial. I was wondering if you could "transfer" this memorial to my account, as I have been able to do with a number of my other ancestors so I could add pictures, bios/obits, links to relatives, etc. etc. once I have access to the memorial. You and the many other volunteers who have put so much sweat equity into establishing these grave memorials are to be commended. You would still have the credit of having originally created the memorial. Obviously you have put in much more time in this venture than I have and are much more knowledgeable. I just stumbled across it a couple years ago. I just wanted to expand on the info available on my ancestors and add to them as I continue to do research. I have had a passion of writing a book on memories passed down within my family and research on my ancestors going back to 1500 in Sweden and Finland. That Word document has grown to almost 500 pages. As time allows, I would like to transfer some of that info to my ancestors on Find A Grave. Galen Blomster
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 18, 2014 1:35 PM
Galen Blomster
RE: Memorial 64178248
I had a Blomster relative on White Bear Lake, but that was her maiden name before she moved there. I don't know anything about Tally's!

Could I also sponsor John Swenson's wife, Sophia? I do not see any reference to turning over these memorials to me? Can I access them and update them anyway?
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 17, 2014 6:27 PM
Galen Blomster
Memorial 64178248
Robert, John Albert William Swenson, buried at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery near Stark, MN is my great uncle. Could I possibly sponsor this memorial in the future. I did add a picture, but am not able to add a bio for him. I am sponsoring a number of the other Swenson and Blomster families buried there. Thanks

Galen Blomster
Added by Galen Blomster on Dec 14, 2014 8:40 PM
April Pettapiece Carey
Belva Rink
Thanks for the additional information on Belva. Didn't know she was cremated.
Added by April Pettapiece Carey on Dec 14, 2014 2:38 PM
sun_shinetoo@yahoo.com
dropping out
I have posted about 40 cemeteries to findagrave.com but since findagrave is now owned by ancestry I do not plan to add any more cemeteries to this website. As of today, Sept. 29, 2014
I have notified findagrave that I don't want to do updates anymore. They can tend to it.

Feel free to use any photo's I have posted.

Any information found online should be verified. People DO post incorrect information sometimes. Clicking to Accept changes and add new info is faster and easier but it doesn't add who provided that info when added to a memorial so I feel that a lot of misinformation can be added and no one will know who added it.
Also, if it's correct no one will be able to contact the person that added it.

I am not related to most entries I have made.

To all my "friends" it has been a pleasure meeting you.
Added by sun_shinetoo@yahoo.com on Sep 29, 2014 8:07 AM
Donna
RE: Parental link request fulfilled
Sorry, but I cannot find the paper with the source on linking the two. The mother may have been married before. Feel free to unlink them until the source can be found. If and when I come across it again, I will pass it on.
Nan
Added by Donna on Sep 10, 2014 9:31 PM
Debbie J.
Mary J Bartels
Got your suggestion. I dont' post obituaries. If you really want the obit on the memorial, I can transfer it to you. Just let me know. Thanks. Debbie J.
Added by Debbie J. on Sep 04, 2014 9:01 AM
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