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Katie Lou (#46950342)
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Bio Photo Of course I'm not related to all these memorials!
Help me link all these memorials in Polk County, Iowa. All info I have added come from census's, SSI, cemetery records, and YOUR info. I do not keep records of where this info comes from. Please send obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL. You can do a lot of corrections yourself now! Send transfer requests, obits, etc. by clicking on the "Suggest..." button & I'll do those ASAP. And remember... EVERYBODY is adding corrections!
Please, Please, Please do the corrections that you can do yourself, because my cable provider is now charging by the mile, so help me out!

It's getting so cool now! There are so many memorials & people are adding so many links. It pleases me so much that people can add a memorial & immediately connect to parents. I do a lot of connecting from censuses & it's so great to find HUGE families already connected.

Those of you who add memorials from obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery too, even if it means scanning it through your printer & adding them as jpg's. We may never find the gravestone, but at least the obit will be saved!

With the addition of the public cemeteries in Polk county adding records on line (http://cemeterysearch.dmgov.org/), I have SLOWLY
been adding memorials with no gravestone photo except maybe the family stone because I have already taken photos of the stone(s) in that lot. That means either the stones are unreadable or absent for that person, but the records say they are buried there. If I was dedicated to just a few surnames, I would hunt endlessly for the stones, however, that doesn't mean YOU can't go looking in your family lots. And if you want to edit my memorials by adding the location, have at it. It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru a few hundred records for Woodland cem, I have found several that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. I haven't researched how to correct the city's records yet.

Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I'll need your help! And if I transfer it to you, be sure to add stuff! You must be a member of FAG to maintain a memorial. See instructions on the left under "Help with Find A Grave."

Please be patient! My e-mail is pretty heavy. Most e-mails are straight forward. Do this, transfer that, but then there's those ones that get me scurrying around in the files trying to find a trail, a connection, a vague memory of something, someone. The more memorials I add, the burieder I get.

Also remember, there are mistakes on gravestones. Mistakes on marriage records, death certificates, birth records, census records. Recent records appear to be more accurate, but people have told me of engravers making mistakes on very recent stones. Whatever info is on a memorial, it's the LATEST info provided.

And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know or correct it yourself. Lots of my info comes from 1925 Iowa census. If you see "s/o Joe Blow & Bibbity Boo", I'm just copying it straight from the census and they've got terrible spelling & transcription mistakes.

I have a challenge for those of you who do not live in Iowa. Snoop around in Find-a-Grave & find obits or look for them by Googling a name. (easiest way: Full Name followed by city) As more & more memorials are added here, it becomes easier to link children to parents, wives to husbands.
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I'm finally getting better at taking photos. At first, the max was 50k. Very bad photos! Now it's 8M. What a difference!

So here's what I know:

Sunny, Sunny, Sunny. Early morning, you can get light under the trees. Late afternoon, you can get light under the trees. Summer's full of plants, decorations & grass clippings. Fall's full of leaves & mud. Spring's full of mud & peonies. Winter light is poor but no leaves! You need to go in the morning & in the afternoon, every season. The hardest is the north facing stones. Iowa is not known for its north sun. Luckily there are not many such stones. You may have to go back several times to get a good shot. I use a 2" paintbrush to clean stones. A nice one for grass clippings, an old one for dirt & mud. Scissors for clipping grass. If you are doing very old stones, remember shadows. You can create them by using a 4' mirror, the kind you tack to the closet door & it costs around $5-$15. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight at an angle across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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sandra may
Pasquale Mauro
In Glendale cemetery, Polk county, in the memorial for Mary Mauro, b.1889, the picture of her footstone shows another stone above hers. This stone is of Pasquale Mauro, her husband. His name is not on the list of Mauro family in the cemetery. Can this be added with a picture?
Thank you for the hard work you have put in for this.
Added by sandra may on Dec 29, 2014 12:00 AM
GL
Park

Woodland Cemetery
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block 22

Thank you for the information you suggested, are you related? Every volunteer that has been to the cemetery said they are unable to find the graves, do you have other information? thank you from a grateful family member.
Gail Lyons Grier
Added by GL on Dec 21, 2014 1:58 PM
RoseOfThePlains
Memorials# 111142044, 111311215, 43375591, 37508580, 37508586
Thank you again, the first group were on my side of the tree and these are from my husband's family. It is so great to see these family groups 'reunited' in these memorials. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and diligence. Best wishes.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Dec 21, 2014 8:08 AM
RoseOfThePlains
Memorials# 98240034, 128528684, 98240034,
Thank you for the update and for all your work creating and maintaining so many memorials here at Find a Grave, it is truly a lasting gift to so many people.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Dec 21, 2014 8:01 AM
AB674
RE: Thank-you! Thank-you!Meins
Thank-you for all of the "Mein" clues. :) You just never know which one might pull everything together. Haven't done it yet, but I'll keep working.

God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Christmas!
Added by AB674 on Dec 20, 2014 6:11 PM
 

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