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Robert John Chudek (#46972218)
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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. 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. 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.

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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Janis Hendrick
J. Algot Memorial
Photos were moved, memorial deleted. Rush City Luthern Cem.
Added by Janis Hendrick on Jul 13, 2014 11:35 AM
Vicki Sanow
Amelia, August & Lizzie Marquardt
Thank you, thank you for updating the Marquardt family memorials. This was an exciting find for me!
Added by Vicki Sanow on Jun 25, 2014 5:37 PM
Sue Butterfield Picard
I would love to read the Magny bio. (If you want to email it to me or send me a link). Also, just fyi Edholm is listed on Gottlieb and Edla's death record's,too. You can find them in the index under Magney with an "e" in it.
Added by Sue Butterfield Picard on Jun 01, 2014 2:44 PM
Reidar Sumstad
Prosper Nys
First of all, thank you so much for all you are doing for us in genealogy! Thanks for updating this memorial as well, I appreciate it!
Added by Reidar Sumstad on Jun 01, 2014 11:48 AM
Sue Butterfield Picard
Yes, the source was the MN death index for her son Fredolph H. Magny. I'm researching his wife, Ruth Taylor's line back into my Butterfield family tree.

Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002
Name: Fredolph H Magney
Birth Date: 4 Mar 1886
Death Date: 6 Sep 1972
Death County: Saint Louis
Mother's Maiden Name: Edholm
State File Number: 025475
Certificate Number: 025475
Certificate Year: 1972
Record Number: 1857297
Added by Sue Butterfield Picard on Jun 01, 2014 7:26 AM
d lester
Ernest Hopkins Family
Thanks so much Robert for your very nice Memorials
and great research! Much appreciation for all you do On the behalf of the behalf of so many loved ones.
Thanks for today's Hopkins Family updates.
Added by d lester on May 18, 2014 5:34 PM
Richard Bohn
Jackie Barrett
Hi Robert: The detailed obituary for Jackie's memorial has been added.
Thanking you in return, Richard.
Added by Richard Bohn on May 16, 2014 3:52 PM
RE: Anna Hammerstrom
It took me a while, but I got it figured out, Robert! Thanks!

Added by drpratt on May 14, 2014 12:49 PM
Terry Ellen Ferl
John Daniel Newlander
Robert, thank you for the transfer. You have done all the work! I was glad to see among the photos the form used by Carl Newlander to request a military headstone for Danny. I did contact Lindstrom City offices as you recommended and I found out that indeed Danny's body was exhumed from an American military cemetery in Belgium and returned to Lindstrom for burial in 1949. I will add that information. Also, I am visiting the National Record Center here in St. Louis next week and will be able to see some records that pertain to Danny's service. Most of the Army records were lost in the big fire at the Record Center in 1973. Thank you again for finding his site, creating his memorial and providing a gravestone photo and other information.


Added by Terry Ellen Ferl on May 09, 2014 8:37 PM
Terry Ellen Ferl
Your fine research and work
Robert, thank you for all you have done for the Oberg & Newlander memorials, and the many,, many others in your county. You are my inspiration. I have added the marriage record information to both Nellie and Albert Oberg's memorials. I am very grateful for the memorials you made for the infants. I do know something about Baby Oberg: Nellie had twin girls and one did not survive. We will be able to record the dates for her; the surviving twin is still living. I need to double-check which sister was the surviving twin. I had wanted to make a memorial for my nephew's companion dog Max and so tried to find an example memorial in a pet cemetery on Find A Grave. I came across the Memorial Pet Cemetery in Roseville where the very last memorial on the list had a familiar surname: Chudek! Thereby I found you again and your beloved Bido, and then his "Mom," your dear Julie, your Jewel. A truly moving and beautiful memorial, along with the companion one for your Bido. Many thanks, always.
Added by Terry Ellen Ferl on May 09, 2014 8:17 PM
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