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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 leader 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 our 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, taking away valuable time. 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.

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 might be able to add even more information. Sometimes a conclusion can be made that "this is the wrong John Anderson", 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.

Yes, the scope of work within Chisago County on this website goes beyond the basic Find A Grave mission of recording cemetery markers. Our goal is to make it known which specific "John Anderson" is being memorialized and to provide the source information that supports that determination.

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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Mary Palinka Duplicate
I destroyed my entry for Mary Palinka as you are correct. The other is a better memorial and more complete. I used my 50 caliber magic eraser wand with digital high speed titanium parts to eradicate this needless duplicate! :-)

Added by Larry on Nov 20, 2015 2:52 PM
Mary M
RE: Memorial 29383683 - Mathias Braden
Thank you for this valuable information. I was trying with everything I had to figure out a way to manually insert his correct birth place. Now I know how. I am grateful to you for putting in the correct information. Thank you once again.
Mary L. Mys
Added by Mary M on Oct 27, 2015 12:31 PM
Joseph Edward Merle
Maple Grove Cemetery
Good Morning Robert:

First, I want to thank you for your immediate response to accept my edits concerning the Franklin's and Goodrich Family interred at Maple Grove Cemetery.

I also must tell you that I found your bio most interesting and agreeable to my own attitude and interest in 'graving'. Although I am not as ambitious as yourself, I do strive for accuracy and gathering as much information as I can find to enhance memorials. I do spend a considerable amount of time submitting edits to other volunteers and additionally research to make links possible.

I do have another request to submit to you. Perhaps you have access to what I am looking for since I have not found a source to contact the person/s who maintain and have records of Maple Grove Cemetery. Specifically, the Franklin's and Mr. Goodrich are interred at Block 6, Lot 28, Graves 2, 3 and 4., Level 1. Do you have any knowledge of who is interred in Grave 1? I am asking because I cannot find Mr. Goodrich's wife Sarah (nee Hubbell) who passed in 1861 at the age of 37.

These folks are ancestors of my children on the maternal side of their family.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this message and again for the time you put into your work. I am totally appreciative of what you and other volunteers do.


Joe Merle
Added by Joseph Edward Merle on Oct 27, 2015 8:01 AM
Mary M
Memorial 29383683 - Mathias Braden
Mathias Braden was born 10 SEP 1828 in Germany (Prussia at the time),in Rhineland-Palatinate, in the District of Vulkaneifel, the Town of Hillesheim. I am unable to use the edit tab because does not list this area in its database. He was the son of Antonii Braden and Annae Luziae Pickart. They were members of "Sankt Martinus" Parish in the town of Hillesheim. Hilleshem lies almost in the middle, halfway between Cologne and Trier, and it borders Belgian. It lies in the Vulkaneifel, a part of the Eifel. His wife was Gertrudis "Gertrude" Friedel, whom he married 14 NOV 1853 in Hillesheim. The family emigrated 15 AUG 1857 and settled in Minnesota.
Added by Mary M on Oct 26, 2015 10:35 AM
Thank you for correcting Tillie Mell's coordinates. I took the coordinates off of her page.

Added by amh0705 on Oct 22, 2015 8:36 AM
Franconia Cemetery
Beautiful work on your entries for the Franconia Cemetery in Chisago County, MN!! It is so wonderful to see the marriage license information right there in the bio section. I am about to start copying your idea when I set up a Find A Grave memorial. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
Added by D.AZ on Oct 01, 2015 9:21 AM
Carole Lee Alexander
Panola Cemetery
Thank you so much for all the photos and research you have done at Panola Cemetery. Two of my Mickelson sisters and their extended family are buried there. I am working to connect everyone together and get additional information. Will be sending it as I establish everything I have is correct. Carole Lee Alexander
Added by Carole Lee Alexander on Sep 24, 2015 7:32 PM
Nancy Ibrahim
Thank you for updating her memorial so quickly!
Added by Suzy on Sep 21, 2015 8:50 AM
Heidi Walburger
RE: Barbara Hedler Spitzer
Thanks again!
Added by Heidi Walburger on Sep 08, 2015 6:03 AM
Heidi Walburger
RE: Barbara Hedler Spitzer
Thank you very very much!
Added by Heidi Walburger on Sep 04, 2015 5:25 PM
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