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William Yates (#47096650)
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Bio Photo All my photographs are hereby released to the public domain. Copy them and use them as you will.

If you wish to provide additional information, please quote an original source. Unverified data taken from web sites cannot be used. Suggested reading on "How to Cite Sources":

I sometimes get resistance to my insisting on sources. One person remarked, "I don't know what the year of the source is. You can obviously tell that it wasn't made up. I've never had anyone on FAG tell me they want sources or want them in the format that a teacher would when writing a paper. If you don't want to make my changes, I can have FAG do it". Here is my response:

I've been doing genealogy, both personally and professionally for 51 years, and long ago learned how important it is to be able to verify information. Right now I can find several undocumented items of data concerning my own ancestry on the internet. Much of it would be extremely valuable to me if only I could verify that it is true. I know that some of it is false, and it is repeated and copied over and over, since that is so easy to do with the click of a mouse. Several of my ancestors have the wrong parents linked, and it is repeated sometimes a hundred times.

There are good reasons for using a standard format for documentation, and the best genealogical journals insist on it. Check a copy of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, for example. The reason the year of publication is important is that sometimes there are different editions, and one might have certain information which is not in another. I never thought that you made up anything. Family researchers are by nature very honest, but they are sometimes mistaken, and it is absolutely necessary to check their sources.

After spending countless hours photographing tombstones all over the western U. S. and then countless more hours creating memorials, I like to see evidence for any additions or corrections. You are welcome to send information if it is documented. Someday, if you stay with genealogy work, I think you will understand why it is important.


My large database with ancestors of my children and descendants of those ancestors is on WorldConnect at RootsWeb. See the "williamyates" file. It is also on, and is more up to date there.

For many years I was involved in genealogy publishing as a business, and still run Yates Publishing, but on a much smaller scale. Previous to retirement, my full time job was teaching mathematics. Now I am retired I spend most of my time researching family.

Please go to my web site for a 50% discount on any of the family group sheets!
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Don Sewell
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RE: Burial
Thank you for adding notes and names to Addie and Opal. I think it will be helpful for individuals looking for these family records.
Added by Airrow on Sep 12, 2014 1:00 PM
RE: Burial
The online at Family Search and don't have a burial location. Since she isn't family I doubt if I could get a copy.
Added by Airrow on Sep 12, 2014 12:57 PM
David M. Habben
Robert Bruce
I believe you have your entry for Robert Bruce in the wrong cemetery. I found him and photographed his grave stone. Here is the entry:
Added by David M. Habben on Sep 11, 2014 11:25 PM
Carl Catherman
Mary Love
Thank you very much for adding the information to her memorial.
Added by Carl Catherman on Sep 06, 2014 5:46 PM
Thank you
I have information linking Ida M Gibson and Charles S Gibson as husband and wife in the IOOF ELMA cemetery. How do I contribute and link these parents to each other and to their children in other cemeteries? An obit in the Elma paper is the first information I could offer.

Thank you again for all the volunteer hours you contribute to help us find our lost loved ones.
Added by Deb on Aug 22, 2014 8:51 AM
George W. Johnson
" The one I was referring to was the son of Lewis Johnson and Mary J. Slone"
Yes the data I put on George Washington Johnson is correct. He was my great grandfather. I have found several of you ged's during my research. Thanks for your work.
Added by Wamplerg on Aug 17, 2014 5:16 PM
Carol Johnson Halperin
Hi Bill,
I am still in pursuit of my grandfather Elias, brother of Jesse Johnson. I know you are very serious about proof before you post anything but I feel everyone that posts Elias' death of Oct. 1962 in Wright Co Mo is in error.
I have obtained the death certificate of THAT Elias and it is not our relative. This Elias was born 10-20-1872 in Carroll Co Ark father unknown mother Arminta Williams Wife Martha Ann SSN 432-70-6472 and was removed to High Cemetery Carroll Co Ark. His death certificate is filed Mo State file No 62-041430 Wright Co Mo.He died in Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield Wright Co Mo. I have no idea how to correct this error but felt you should know about the error and not include it in our family history at least.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.
Your cousin, Carol Johnson Halperin
Added by Carol Johnson Halperin on Aug 03, 2014 8:54 PM
Lee An
RE: Ronan Cemetery
That's great to know, thanks!

Added by Lee An on Jul 29, 2014 5:11 PM
Norman Cross
Elgia Sales Wife?
Would like to know if this is the same Elgia Sales who was married to the former Marie or Lydia Marie Maples, daughter of Marion L. Maples and Sarah Wade. She died in Chicago and was buried in Osawatomie, Kansas.
Added by Norman Cross on Jul 18, 2014 12:54 PM
Mr. Jean Coston
Lura Smith
Dear William
Isn't Lura Smith a dup. of Lura Smith???
Let's keep the one that has more date info.
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Jul 12, 2014 1:25 AM
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