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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!

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.
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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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Patty Wimpsett Killion
TRANSFER OF MATTIE JEAN WIMPSETT SCHOONOVER
Hi Katie,

I am asking for the trnasfer of Mattie Jean Schoonover (120234358). She is my father's sister or in other words ... my aunt. She was a very beautiful and special lady to me. She is missed and loved every day. By transferring her to me I will be able to connect her to her ten brothers and sisters and maintain her birth and death records with my love.

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your kindness.

Patty Wimpsett Killion (47080843)W
Added by Patty Wimpsett Killion on Jul 19, 2014 3:11 PM
Deb Merrick
Blake
Thank you VERY MUCH for the transfer! I added to his name and linked the family and appreciate the ability to do so.. Every little bit helps in connecting the dots, dates, names & places... May God Bless You, Deb
Added by Deb Merrick on Jul 15, 2014 2:21 PM
Bill
Day family
Thank you Katie Lou for the three transfers.

I will shortly add an honorable biography to at least the mother, of the Rogers family.

If for any reason you would like then back I will be glad to transfer back when finished.
Added by Bill on Jul 14, 2014 4:35 PM
William A Davies III
Transfer
Could you please tranfer my Grandparents to me Lester H Lee #82208453 and Thelma Lee #82208463 Thank you Bill
Added by William A Davies III on Jul 11, 2014 3:41 PM
Terri Monroe
Transfer
Katie,

Could you transfer memorial 84771359 of Floyd C. Stevens, to me it's my grandpa's brother. I would so appreciate it, thank you for all you do.
Terri
Find A Grave # 48169911
Added by Terri Monroe on Jul 08, 2014 2:14 PM
Fran Denny
Hill memorials
Katie, I appreciate the transfers of my relatives. Thank you for all the work you do on Find A Grave.
Added by Fran Denny on Jul 05, 2014 10:07 AM
RememberThem
Nancy E Bishop Franklin
Thank you for the edit tab update.
I was familiar with the edit tab options, but somehow missed the option allowing links to parents.
Very much appreciate your help.
Thank you
Added by RememberThem on Jul 04, 2014 7:45 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You!!!!
Wow, that was unexpected. Thank you very, very much! - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 03, 2014 1:08 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You!!!
You are awesome! Very much appreciated. - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 02, 2014 6:43 PM
Robi StoneCypher Green
RE: Thank You
If you will process your edits one more time for me, I won't bother you again. Promise. - Robi
Added by Robi StoneCypher Green on Jul 01, 2014 6:08 PM
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