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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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Hertha E.N. Sorensen
I appreciate your time & effort to go so quickly to the Cemetery, find, take & post a photo of Hertha's headstone......Thank you very much !
Added by Smallantique on Jul 05, 2015 10:35 AM
Ryan Johnson
RE: Porter family
Thank you for the information! I am interested in knowing more about Laura Pauline because on this website she is not listed with the rest of her family. I found the 1900 and 1910 census records indicating she was apart of the Frank Porter family of Center City, MN. However, I suspect she was buried somewhere else (perhaps Superior, WI where she wed and had children) unlike the rest of the family who was mostly in the Chiscago Cemetery. I am interested mainly in where she is buried or any other records of her.

Thank you,

Ryan Johnson
Added by Ryan Johnson on Jun 22, 2015 10:40 PM
Ryan Johnson
Porter family
Hi, My name is Ryan Johnson and I'm from Wisconsin. Iíve been trying to continue a family tree my uncle put together. Frank Porter was my Grandfatherís Grandfather. My Grandfathers name was Russell Johnson and his motherís name was Laura Porter. I saw in the census under Andrew Porters link that Laura Porter is one of Frank Porterís children yet she is the only one I donít see a link for of all of his children. I was just wondering what would be the best way o find more info on her?
Ryan Johnson
Added by Ryan Johnson on Jun 22, 2015 5:00 PM
Anthony Laughlin
Hulda Williams
Hi Robert,

You have helped me before. I have been doing further research and on the Williams Family that descended from Charles and Lydia Williams. Most of the family are buried in Kahbakong Cemetery. Anyway, I am looking for the burial place of their oldest daughter, Hulda Williams. Charles and Lydia changed their last name in the early 1900's from Sšll to Williams so her name might have been Hulda Sšll when she died in 1903. I know you are pretty familiar with Kahbakong Cemetery. Do you happen to have a list of the people buried here or know how I could find out if Hulda is buried here. I have photo's of all of Charles and Lydia's children's graves except for Hulda. If you have any suggestions or could help with my search it would be appreciated.

Hulda Williams
Dec 1882 - 1903

That is about as much as I know about her.


Anthony Laughlin
Added by Anthony Laughlin on May 26, 2015 3:44 PM
David Coward
memorials 133025129 and 133025296
All requested edits for memorials 133025129 and 133025296 were processed to the best of my knowledge. Was there something missing?
Added by David Coward on May 25, 2015 9:12 PM
Laurie S Keller (AKA Laurie Kirby)
RE: EKMAN, Nils and Britta
Thanks, Robert. I know that when Barb put those up I had not yet found a lot of the material that I now have. Barb and I were going to coordinate, but unfortunately she did not live long enough for us to do that.
Added by Laurie S Keller (AKA Laur... on May 20, 2015 10:48 AM
RE: Bob Stanek memorial # 138267914
Thanks for getting back to me, yes I am very active on Find A Grave and some edits get done quickly and others, like ones that involve searches to try to make sure I am not giving credit where it doesn't belong take a little longer.

I hope you don't mind that I just transferred Robert to you, while it falls out of guidelines as his friend and I would rather you have him in your care.

Thank you
Added by MaryT on Apr 26, 2015 9:14 AM
RE: Bob Stanek memorial # 138267914
Thank you, yes I did receive it and have added it. I assume you wrote the obit yourself rather than copying from a published obit and that is why you are requesting your "tagline" be added?

Also just an FYI this is from the FAQ section - 2 days after sending an email is WAY too soon to be questioning if it will be added or not:

What if I suggest a correction and the contributor doesn't respond?
Have patience. Many contributors receive hundreds of corrections every month and it may take a while for your correction to be processed. Also, not every Find A Grave contributor is active on a daily basis on the site. If you have suggested a correction and waited longer than thirty days for it to be processed or if you have found a contributor who you believe to be permanently inactive, please send the correction to and we will edit the memorial on their behalf.

Thank you
Added by MaryT on Apr 26, 2015 8:26 AM
RE: CARNES, Loren W # 130983582
I can certainly add all the information you have given me. He had no wife or children, so I'm closest relative and don't want him forgotten in time. Thank you for the work you are doing.
Added by TheFamilyTree on Apr 26, 2015 5:47 AM
RE: CARNES, Loren W # 130983582

He is listed as one of the few identified.

I have been searching for his brother Oren Carnes who lived with him also. Thinking he might be one of the unidentified.

Loren W. Carnes 1932
Added by TheFamilyTree on Apr 24, 2015 10:32 AM
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