Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Katie Lou (#46950342)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 17 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
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.

Those of you who add obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery, even if it means scanning it through your printer & adding them as jpg's. 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 with no gravestone photo except maybe the family stone because I have already taken photos of the stone(s) in that lot. That means either the stones are unreadable or absent for that person, but the records say they are buried there. 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. And if you want to edit my memorials by adding the location, have at it. It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru a few hundred records for Woodland cem, I have found several that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. I haven't researched how to correct the city's records yet.

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! 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. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 109,730 Memorials Added
 • 107,419 Memorials Managed
 • 305 Memorials/week
 • 151,230 Photos
 • 55 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 1,721 Virtual Flowers
 • 1 Virtual Cemetery
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
Sounds Famous (305)
Messages left for Katie Lou (16)[Leave Message]
Shannon D.
Thank you so much for transferring Brad's memorial to me. I really appreciate it and will get busy adding more information to the memorial. Again thank you and thank you for all that you have done for this site.
Added by Shannon D. on Sep 20, 2014 3:00 PM
Steve & Nancy
Thank you very much for the transfer, Nancy
Added by Steve & Nancy on Sep 20, 2014 2:58 PM
Karen Brewer
RE: Woodland cem
Yes, and that is what I have been doing since they changed the edit options.
Added by Karen Brewer on Sep 20, 2014 1:25 PM
s grimm-mullen
Charlesand Jane Gage Thoma
Thank you so much for the transfers of our family members! We appreciate it very much!

Sandi and Tom Mullen
Added by s grimm-mullen on Sep 20, 2014 12:16 PM
Susan A.
Ernest and Mabel Storesund
Thank you for transferring the memorials for Ernest and Mabel Storesund. I appreciate it.
Susan A.
Added by Susan A. on Sep 20, 2014 11:52 AM
Memorial# 104659975
Thank you for the updates and for all of your work here at Find a Gave.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Sep 13, 2014 7:56 AM
Ima Glaze
LeLand Fiske #100678682
Hi there,
You have a notation on his memorial page that he doesn't have a SSI#. I've researching him and found his SSI# at the link below. He is as known as Leland Asa Fiske, Leland Asa Fisk and Leland A Fisk in various Primary and Secondary sources available on and
Also, Edna May Snyder is Wife #3 of record.

Citation: "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 Sep 2014), Leland Fiske, Jul 1963; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
Added by Ima Glaze on Sep 12, 2014 7:11 PM
Carl Catherman
Claude Beyer
Thank you very much for linking him to his parents.
Added by Carl Catherman on Sep 12, 2014 5:05 PM
Angie Palmer
Katherine Roberts #35513493 & Louis Roberts #35513459
Hi Can you please remove your gravestone photos from my grandparents memorials? They are already on there previously. Thank you, that way we have more room for family photos. thanks
Added by Angie Palmer on Sep 09, 2014 7:56 PM
Doris Christensen
Thank youfor the transfer of Mary's memorial, I'll have more family information to add to it.
Added by Doris Christensen on Sep 08, 2014 4:24 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service