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Katie Lou (#46950342)
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Bio Photo Folks, I am so sorry! This month has been very bad!. My computer has been a trial all month! Buggy, ad-ware, spam, slow internet, I just wanna crawl through the line & clonk those jerks who put this junk on everybody's computers! Part of the time I couldn't use the computer at all, sometimes just couldn't get on the internet. Checked e-mail 3 days ago & it said I had 35 messages, then checked again today, & there are hundreds dated back a month! So now I'm back, kind of, & am trying to catch up. So here we go......
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. 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!

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 no leaves! 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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Matthew Clarke
John Wesley Coats in Glendale Cemetery

I have a question for you. Do you have any information on John Wesley Coats other than what is on findagrave? My John Wesley Coats relation was the husband of Sophia E. Coats (nee Campbell) and had a son by the name of Berry Wesley Coats.

John, Sophia, and Berry were all born in Missouri. I have yet to locate my John Wesley Coats and I'm curious if this is the same person. Any information you may have would be helpful.
Added by Matthew Clarke on Jul 28, 2015 1:58 PM
Blake McCauley
Susan (Masters) Spagnuolo request
Thanks for bringing this to my attention and I have updated the Find A Grave memorial.

Added by Blake McCauley on Jul 23, 2015 8:38 AM
Tee Takro
RE: Missing graves
Hi Katie- I received an email saying you sent me a message. I am unable to find any new message. Perhaps it is just a computer glitch. If not please resend. Thank you!
Added by Tee Takro on Jul 19, 2015 12:02 PM
Katie Lou, Thank you so much for taking the picture of Caroline Bailey's marker. I really appreciate it,
Added by wrne on Jul 18, 2015 11:21 PM
Banana ana
52694638 Hiram Ford
Hello Katie Lou
Thank you for the picture of Hiram Ford.
Do you know what it says on that Star? I know it is for the civil war but does it have a number on it or something?

Also are you related to Hiram?

Thank you
Banana ana
Added by Banana ana on Jul 18, 2015 11:03 AM
Julia Holmes Hahn
Thank you for the transfers.
Added by Julia Holmes Hahn on Jul 18, 2015 10:54 AM
Alexander Parks transfer
Thank you Katie Lou!! :-)

Added by Erin on Jul 17, 2015 8:27 PM
FAG # 140949691
Your photo does not appear to apply here...
Added by JAMES E.SNYDER on Jul 14, 2015 10:10 PM
Nina Beeson
Family Baber transfers Sunset Memorial Gardens
I thank you for the transfers. I have updated pages with information that I currently have.
Added by Nina Beeson on Jul 12, 2015 3:06 PM
Nina Beeson
Family Baber transfers Sunset Memorial Gardens
Added by Nina Beeson on Jul 12, 2015 3:04 PM
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