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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!

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.

Remember when you add a photo of a person, click on "Add a photo..." THEN the very next page, where it says "Browse", be sure to change "Type of photo" from "grave" to "person." This is important, because it will put an icon next to the memorial in the index showing there is a photo of this person, AND it will make sure no matter how many grave pictures there are on this memorial, the PERSON's photo will always be on top.

Those of you who add memorials from obits, add the obits that don't list a cemetery too. I know it's time-consuming to transcribe, but Find-a-Grave is removing the scanned images of obits big time now, so be safe & transcribe. What a pain! 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 for people who have no stone. I will generally add a family stone or someone else's stone from that lot so that you can find the location of the lot. 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. You may also add a stone for someone who has none by buying a stepping stone kit & a bag of letters & numbers. No idea how long it will last, but take a photo & put it on the memorial!

I cannot swear that every person listed is buried in the lot listed. I found some strange couple supposedly buried in MY family plot, according to cemetery records. Well, they're not physically there-there's no room! And of course there's no stone, but I've never found their stones elsewhere, so where are they? But I did find something interesting. When people had big family plots, they would give a tiny space to a friend/neightbor who had no means to bury a baby, so there may turn up a cemetery record showing some stranger buried in the family plot.

It's very easy for me to approve your edits when you add them yourself. Now having gone thru tens of thousands of records for Woodland cem, I have found lots that are missing or incorrect. You can check yourself. To get these records corrected, the RELATIVES must call the cemetery & request a search of records & correction. Expect a long process. I've found entire lots of stones with the same surname, & yet the records show each interment with a slightly different spelling.

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 the trees are bare! Plus you get the light at an angle that creates shadows you may not get in June. 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-$15. Helps to have a helper but sometimes that's not possible. Just play with the mirror until you can cast sunlight at an angle across the stone, creating shadows that make the stone legible. Have fun!
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Jeffrey Vaillant
Mitchell Atkinson
Thank you for adding the gravemarker of the 3rd great grandfather!! I will be in Des Moines next month and will visit it.
Added by Jeffrey Vaillant on Apr 29, 2016 3:57 PM
Jeannine (Booton) Hall
Irene Collins
Thanks Katie for adding the photo to her memorial. Your time is greatly appreciated!
Added by Jeannine (Booton) Hall on Apr 29, 2016 9:23 AM
Love Always, Renee
Greg S. Beidler
I just sponsored his memorial page. Please do not transfer this memorial to me. I love to sponsor memorials. I am in awe of all your hard work and dedication to Find A Grave.
Added by Love Always, Renee on Apr 26, 2016 12:03 PM
Thank You
Thank you very for volunteering your time. I also appreciate the transfer of various family members.
Added by GraveByrd on Apr 25, 2016 8:49 PM
Julie (Longfield) Davis
Hannah Bengtson # 31969781
Hello Katie,

Could I have Hannah Bengtson transfered over to me? Julie contributor # 48483669. She is my Aunt. I recently put an edit in to connect Nels G. Bengtson to his real wife. My Hannah was not married to Nels.

Thank you,
Julie Davis
Added by Julie (Longfield) Davis on Apr 24, 2016 11:14 AM
Jean Wilson
Ok, if I'd have read the sheet, there was no stone for Gladys. Where did you find cemetery records saying if there's a stone or not?
Added by Jean Wilson on Apr 19, 2016 3:02 PM
Jean Wilson
Gradys Hickman
I have committed to finding and photographing the stone for George Hickman. I was looking up his family for clues, and saw his daughter, Gladys was buried in this site. When I pulled up the Find A Grave sheet and saw the pic, it was for Harry A. Hawk. Is there no stone for her, and is this a son?
Added by Jean Wilson on Apr 19, 2016 2:59 PM
Kathleen Warner Austin
Confusing Date Edit
Hi Katie, I suggested date edits for your Joseph Vernon Easton Memorial #100678607. I know the grave stone is engraved with the death year "1896," however I have both his "WWI Draft Registration card" and his "Military Application for Headstone or Marker" and they both give his date of birth as July 4, 1895. Also, he has a sister (not a twin) that was born in 1896). Thank You. Kathleen Austin
Added by Kathleen Warner Austin on Apr 18, 2016 5:43 PM
Martha McCurdy
Thanks so much for the photo LINDA
Added by LINDA JOYCE OLDENBORG-SMI... on Apr 18, 2016 12:48 PM
Jean Wilson
Wlson Alexander Scott
I have been researching James Embree since last night, and he had been one of the early pioneers in Des Moines. He graduated from Law School in Des Moines, and practiced here. His wife's Scott family has quite a few prominent figures. One was Illinois' Governor during the Civil War. One of the signer's of the Constitution of Iowa was Stewart Goodrell, spouse of Lucinda Scott (a relative). Wilson Alexander Scott donated the property the Capital of Iowa sits on, and in fact you wrote the Find A Grave. Actually, there are two on the same man. One by a lady in Arkansas w/o a pic. Perhaps these 2 can be merged. I'd love to talk to you about this family. Thank you.
Added by Jean Wilson on Apr 18, 2016 11:14 AM
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