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Robert John Chudek (#46972218)
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Bio Photo 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 leader 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 our 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, taking away valuable time. 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.

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 might be able to add even more information. Sometimes a conclusion can be made that "this is the wrong John Anderson", 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.

Yes, the scope of work within Chisago County on this website goes beyond the basic Find A Grave mission of recording cemetery markers. Our goal is to make it known which specific "John Anderson" is being memorialized and to provide the source information that supports that determination.

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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RE: Almelund Cemetery updates
Thank YOU for all the work you've done in the cemetery! I plan to photograph the entire cemetery and will be adding photos and updating info over the next few weeks. I really appreciate your promptness in processing the edits!

Again, thanks for all you do on Find A Grave and I'll keep the edits coming!

St. Paul
Added by geogoon on Jun 29, 2016 11:28 AM
RE: Kost Cemetery - Sjogren/Carlson
Thanks so much, Robert. I will likely have more as I continue to cross-check records on Find a Grave with my own records for people buried at Kost.
Added by Mplsguy on Jun 24, 2016 2:43 PM
Deleted dark photos
I deleted the dark photos, not sure why they showed up so dark as they are fine on my computer, thanks for letting me know.
Added by gravercem on Jun 13, 2016 6:04 PM
Paul Belden
Thanks. I wondered about that.
Added by Bob on Jun 13, 2016 1:19 PM
P.O.W. Dad
Niels Jokumsen Correction
The Nels you sent the correction for died in 1917, so he could not have been the same that came from Denmark in 1924.
Jokem Jokumsen came to America about 1903, and could be a brother to Nels. I am looking for a connection.
Added by P.O.W. Dad on Apr 26, 2016 12:32 PM
Mary & Randy
RE: Rush City photos
You are very welcome.

Randy and Mary
Added by Mary & Randy on Apr 14, 2016 1:47 PM
RE: Mathilda C /Lundquist/ Peterson
Thank you for writing back. I believe you are correct on the Peterson match for Mathilda- it makes sense with what little information I have on her. The only note I have in the family history book is that she died in 1927 (and the living next to her brother/dying in Almelund).
Thank you for your help in this.
Added by Alberti-Gunderson-Hively on Mar 21, 2016 6:45 PM
RE: Links to Carlson siblings/Lundquists


Thank you for adding those. Per my Lundquist family oral and written history, her parents and two brothers and two sisters stayed in Sweden, while Eva, Ida, and Willie moved to the USA (I do not have the names of those who stayed in Sweden). Eva immigrated alone from Sweden to the USA in 1893. She lived with her sister, Ida, in Almelund, MN. Their brother Willie also came to Almelund. If I find out more information, I will contact you with it.

I see you also manage John Peter Lundquist's grave #36655724. I have a short bio for him if you would like to add it.

John Peter Lundquist parents are Samuel Peter Magnuson (b.5/13/1829 in Bexheda, Sweden) and Johanna Johannesdotter (b.9/7/1825). John Peter took the name Lundquist when he enlisted in the army. It was the custom in Sweden to take a different name when joining the army in order to prevent the frequent duplication of names in those times. He married Anna Lovisa in Sweden in 1879. They came to America in 1880 and lived in Minneapolis, MN for a brief time. They then moved to the Almelund area and stayed at the home of his wife's brother. In 1881, John Peter purchased a farm in Shafer Township near Almelund, MN. Anna Lovisa died on 3/13/1893 of consumption. They had no children.
John Peter married Eva Lovisa Karlsdotter on 1/27/1894 in Center City, MN. There were eight children born to this union.
On 10/12/1897, John Peter received his certificate of citizenship in the United States of America.
John Peter's sister, Mathilda Christina Lundquist (buried in Almelund- I can't find her grave online), lived next to his farm in Shafer Township. His brother, Frans Alfred, lived near him as well. (Frans also went by Frank- #75433727- it looks like you manage him as well) He had one other brother, Johannes, who also came to America and lived in Clarissa, MN (I did not find his grave either).

Source: Lundquist oral/written history.

Have a great day,
Added by Alberti-Gunderson-Hively on Mar 21, 2016 11:15 AM
Thank you!
Thank you and thank you! You and your cohorts are doing fantastic work. Love your 'rant'! Ditto!
Added by mjshistory on Mar 13, 2016 5:18 PM
Gassler Photos
Thanks again for posting these!
Added by DebraLee on Mar 06, 2016 4:20 PM
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