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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.

Remember when you add a photo of a person, click on "Add a photo..." THEN the very next page, where it says "Browse", be sure to change "Type of photo" from "grave" to "person." This is important, because it will put an icon next to the memorial in the index showing there is a photo of this person, AND it will make sure no matter how many grave pictures there are on this memorial, the PERSON's photo will always be on top.

Those of you who add memorials from obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery too. I know it's time-consuming to transcribe, but Find-a-Grave is removing the scanned images of obits big time now, so be safe & transcribe. What a pain! 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 (, I have SLOWLY
been adding memorials for people who have no stone. I will generally add a family stone or someone else's stone from that lot so that you can find the location of the lot. 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. You may also add a stone for someone who has none by buying a stepping stone kit & a bag of letters & numbers. No idea how long it will last, but take a photo & put it on the memorial!

I cannot swear that every person listed is buried in the lot listed. I found some strange couple supposedly buried in MY family plot, according to cemetery records. Well, they're not physically there-there's no room! And of course there's no stone, but I've never found their stones elsewhere, so where are they? But I did find something interesting. When people had big family plots, they would give a tiny space to a friend/neightbor who had no means to bury a baby, so there may turn up a cemetery record showing some stranger buried in the family plot.

It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru tens of thousands of records for Woodland cem, I have found lots that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. To get these records corrected, the RELATIVES must call the cemetery & request a search of records & correction. Expect a long process. I've found entire lots of stones with the same surname, & yet the records show each interment with a slightly different spelling.

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.
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 the trees are bare! Plus you get the light at an angle that creates shadows you may not get in June. 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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Brenda Daniel
Love, love, love your bio. Such good hints. I sent connections via edit for you. I also do like your doing but also have a huge access database that I have my cemetery index on as well for our cemetery board (which I am a member of). Because of old cemeteries being moved back in 20's and 30's into the current cemetery, unfortunately not everyone got listed in the records. So like you I have been doing research. Collecting obituaries for the cemetery as well. They give sooooo much information sometimes. Others doing give anything except that they died. Our town people (very small) have been wonderful and giving me copies of old obits when they have them. Needless to say the index information keeps getting added to now including military information. Nice to see someone with my obsession!

Added by Brenda Daniel on May 26, 2016 11:56 AM
Carolyn Russell
Leo and Ethel Rush
I find that you have made memorials for Leo and Ethel in both the Glendale Cemetery and the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines, with two different photos.
Can you clear this up for me?

Glendale: Leo Rush #75319964
Masonic: Leo Rush #32558881

Glendale: Ethel E Rush #75319950
Masonic: Ethel E Rush #157032174

Thank you
Added by Carolyn Russell on May 20, 2016 5:00 PM
Thank you!
Thank you for publishing gravestone pictures of my family located at Resthaven Cem., Des Moines, IA. Your photos mean so much to our family!!!
Added by Gensearcher on May 17, 2016 8:54 AM
Sally Randol-Hardy
For the specific grave locations for the Riffle's!!

Added by Sally Randol-Hardy on May 14, 2016 10:07 AM
Thanks, Katie for the Jepson's hoping to get their bio's and pictures in this weekend. Very much appreciated!
Added by dlvissermaxey on May 12, 2016 9:13 PM
Cecil and Lucille Jeglum
Hi, Do you remember where you took Cecil`s grave photo. His burial location says is unknown. I would like to get it updated.

Thanks, K
Added by K on May 12, 2016 4:40 PM
Richard H. L. Chichester, III
Headstone photo

Please note: Find A Grave memorial #144891622

The headstone photo you posted for this individual doesn't match.

Added by Richard H. L. Chichester,... on May 12, 2016 3:58 AM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Transfers & thank yous X3
Hello again Katie,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring:
Marian Deniza Ballard Raper # 82917502
Berdie Abbie Ballard Walls # 98159912
Sarah Evah May Ballard Beck # 88330579

to my care.
With your help, I have successfully connected them with their parents, eight siblings, husbands and children if any. As I receive more information, I will be adding it to Our shared memorials.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on May 11, 2016 11:20 AM
parker edits
Thanks for the Edits. I missed the date of Death somehow. Are you Related? I work With he Daughter
Added by Doc on May 10, 2016 6:40 PM
Bonita Olmer
Robert L. "Red" McLaren
Thank you so much for the transfer of Major McLaren's memorial page. :)
Added by Bonita Olmer on May 09, 2016 8:26 PM
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