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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.

Cemetery 101:
Cemeteries care about burial dates, not birth or death dates. If they bury someone, and then move them somewhere else, they will have 2 burial dates, or maybe a date much later than the death date. Very confusing! If there is no stone, then take the dates on the memorial with a grain of salt. Actually, even with a stone....

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. But remember many edits can be done without a transfer, and I continue to go back over these memorials and change or add info that cannot be easily done if it is not being maintained by me. 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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Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin
Clarence Logan #31367868
I like to read the old newspapers at the Library of Congress website. Today, I found a small obituary for Clarence Logan in The Bystander (Des Moines, Iowa) of 12/8/1916. I thought you might like to see it.
Added by Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin on Dec 08, 2016 5:46 AM
northern lights
Thank you Katie
Thank you for the transfer of Lillian (Frey) Stradley!

Added by northern lights on Dec 07, 2016 3:06 PM
Larry Hart
Poortinga Family Memorials
Dear Katie Lou :
Thank You for using the memorial material I submitted to "Find A Grave" for Biense Robert Poortinga & Huldah Leona Ferrell Poortinga. These were my maternal grandparents. Between the two (2) of us, we have made "real people" of these folks, not just names & numbers.
Feel free to contact me if you would like more info..

Thanks again ! Larry E. Hart
Added by Larry Hart on Dec 07, 2016 12:40 PM
Memorials# 37397346, 37137264, 37397341
Thank you so much for the edits. Best wishes to you. You're the best!
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Dec 02, 2016 5:02 AM
Patrice Beam
I'm looking for the first name and confirmation of which Overturff was Sheriff of Polk County Iowa. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Added by Patrice Beam on Dec 01, 2016 1:06 AM
Zoiya Holland-Tate
Sprague Monument @ Woodland Cemetery
Thank you for the additional photos of the monument however the family links to parents and spouse are accurate. This is my family.
Added by Zoiya Holland-Tate on Nov 29, 2016 4:03 PM
Mary J.
Thanks for adding the photo of my grandfather Cunningham.
Thank you for adding a photo of my grandfather Harry Cunningham's gravemarker. He was buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines.
I appreciate you.
Added by Mary J. on Nov 16, 2016 9:22 AM
Jean Wilson
John Kennedy
I can delete mine, but do you want the info I got from ancestry first?
Added by Jean Wilson on Nov 15, 2016 8:41 AM
Jean Wilson
Can or have you retaken this gravestone? I'm really not able to read the stone on either pic. Thanks! Signed, The Pest!!! Later!
Added by Jean Wilson on Nov 14, 2016 10:26 AM
david brenzel
re. william morrison # 29502620
Is it possible that the second headstone and record (# 73960181) really belongs to william and Mary's 15 month-old son, William Earl, who died June 28, 1890?
Added by david brenzel on Nov 14, 2016 5:45 AM
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