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Katie Lou (#46950342)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 14 days
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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 me corrections, additional info, obits, etc by CLICKING ON THE EDIT TAB IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL & SUGGEST A CORRECTION OR PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & I'll add them asap.

Feel free to ask me to transfer. Even though my goal is to link everybody to everybody else, I don't think I'll make it by myself! 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."

I tried the edit on memorials I don't own. Wow! it works! Try it for name, dates, plot, or transcription.

This is the template that memorial owners use to add links:

Father: ----------
Mother: -----------

Spouse: -----------

In the blank space we type in the FAG# which is the Find A Grave Memorial# xxxxxxxx which is at the bottom of each memorial.

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 me. If someone else comes along later & says it's incorrect, then I'll change it because I DON'T VERIFY WHAT YOU TELL ME. I know I should credit all your info, but I get so much, it's hard to keep up.

And remember-I make typos all the time. Let me know-Not a big deal. 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. Let the memorial's owner know your info & we can link them together!
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!
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Jettie Snow
Thanks for linking her to her spouse...wish I knew her maiden name but have not found that. Appreciate your work of Find A Grave.
Added by Rose on Apr 18, 2014 9:36 AM
Kevin Anthony
Family Transfers
Thank you for the work that you do. Please transfer my ancestor to me.

William D Baldwin # 49472685
Added by Kevin Anthony on Apr 16, 2014 3:29 PM
Verna Bridgewater
Could you please transfer Lucius Parish Wilcox. He is my 2nd great grandfather on my mother Wilcox side. I do have some information and already had the grave photo in my records.
Added by Verna Bridgewater on Apr 15, 2014 9:48 PM
Carol Fritsch
Ruth Knight
Thanks for the transfer!
Added by Carol Fritsch on Apr 14, 2014 8:27 PM
Sheila Mobley
Worth C. Vernon-Masonic Cemetery
Thank you ever so much for transferring Worth's memorial in Des Moines to me. Blessings, Sheila
Added by Sheila Mobley on Apr 14, 2014 7:25 PM
Sandra Hartzer Harne
Peitro Perri
Could you please transfer Peitro Perri #63029007 to me Sandra Harne. This is my Great Grand Father. Thank you so much.
Added by Sandra Hartzer Harne on Apr 09, 2014 5:53 PM
Lyle Fulton
Howard Barnett Memorial
Thank you for transfering this memorial to my care. I will see to it that all known biographical information is added.
Added by Lyle Fulton on Apr 07, 2014 9:54 AM
Thanks for Transfer
Katie Lou - Thank you very much for transferring management of the two Marvin memorials in Woodland Cemetery. I was surprised and delighted that you were able to do this so quickly. Thank you for your many contributions to Find A Grave.

Best Wishes, Russ M

Added by RussM on Apr 06, 2014 2:41 PM
Okie in Oregon
Louise Pfieffer Kerr
Would you consider transferring Louise P. Kerr #1107808 and her husband George Hugh Kerr #110780815 to me. My # is 46830481. Thank you Martha
Added by Okie in Oregon on Apr 05, 2014 12:55 AM
Lucy Buhlmann
Berl E York # 37418626 and Dora York #37418640
Hi Katie Lou,

Can you transfer my great aunt and uncle to me?
I sure would appreciate it.

Thank you for making the webpage for them. We sure do appreciate it!

Thank you again,

Lucy Buhlmann
Added by Lucy Buhlmann on Mar 31, 2014 7:20 PM
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