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Robert John Chudek (#46972218)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 19 days
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Bio Photo Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and scholarship. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. Obituaries, photos, and excerpts from larger works in the context of genealogy and historical research would be considered non-infringing, as noted above.

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.

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.
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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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duplicate memorial 74534696
Since I did not create the above duplicate memorial, but "inherited" it from another findagraver, I can't delete it. However, I did submit a request that it be deleted. Thank you for notifying me of the error.
Added by sleuthesthedead on Mar 26, 2014 3:56 PM
David Coward
#75432900 mistake
My apologies for the erroneous information regarding Charles Borup's birthday, #75432900. To the best of my knowledge, it is indeed on 29 July 1880, not July 19th. Sorry about that. DC.
Added by David Coward on Mar 26, 2014 11:51 AM
Johnson dupes
Sorry for the delay, major computer problems and lost your emails, had to rely on my swiss-cheese memory to remember who/where they were. Have deleted the Johnson dupes - thanks for the heads up.
Added by marypie on Mar 15, 2014 9:39 AM
Terry Ellen Ferl
Gravestone photographs
Thank you for the superb photos you just added for Emil and Ida Newlander, and also for providing the spousal link.

Terry Ferl
Added by Terry Ellen Ferl on Mar 12, 2014 5:07 PM
Forest Lake
Thank you for all the wonderful pictures of the graves in my extended family. I am going through and adding information from recent research and was surprised to find some of the pictures. I have a few to add myself. Alison for the extended Alm family of Forest Lake
Added by Alison on Feb 21, 2014 2:47 PM
Find a grave Memorial # 46150795
First, thank You for your time and effort in posting all that you have. It is appreciated by many.

I am well aware mistakes are often made, but that is for the families to figure out. Just a note for the memorial for Louise "Lucy" Mosher Buckman

Her maiden name was Moser and she was born in Town of Addison, Washington County, Wisconsin her husband Adam Buckman born in the Town of Herman, Dodge County, Wisconsin, Under Children, Michael Fred Buckman , I am not sure where the Fred came from, almost all my records show his middle initial with an A and one shows a T. , but more to the point, he is a brother of Adam , not a child.

Again, thank you very much for your contributions to Find A Grave

Mary (Buckman) Fahey Lucy,Adam, and Michael were cousins
Added by Mary on Feb 15, 2014 5:34 PM
Richard Bohn
Terry Muellner
Hello Robert, Linkage has been made.
Thanks Richard.
Added by Richard Bohn on Feb 12, 2014 3:05 PM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Ingalls
Hi, in your note you said something about sending me an email. I don't believe that I got that, can you try resending the info to me? 07 the 0 is a zero not the letter o. Just in case. Thanks Bonnie :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Feb 12, 2014 8:23 AM
Bonnie Kies
RE: Ingalls
Thank You Very Much when I'm a little more awake I will look at the document a little closer. Have a great day. Bonnie :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jan 23, 2014 5:47 AM
Bonnie Kies
Hi Mr. Chudek, my name is Bonnie and I would like to add your photo's for
Henry L Ingalls Memorial# 41885330
Lavinia Lyon Child Ingalls Memorial# 41885599
to our family tree (ancestry). I will credit for the photo, Findagrave as well as the creator of the Memorial. Also wanted to see if you knew if they had other children other than the 2 listed on their Memorial. Thank You for time and hope to hear from you. Bonnie :)
Added by Bonnie Kies on Jan 22, 2014 11:00 PM
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