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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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Steve Burton
Your goals and activities
I'm impressed with your mission on FindAGrave, and I want to thank you for your dedication, determination and hard work.

FindAGrave could use about a million more of you.

I've just moved to Forest Lake and was looking around at nearby cemeteries. That is how I found you.

Best Wishes,
Steve Burton
Added by Steve Burton on Aug 18, 2016 3:04 PM
P Black-Avitts
RE: Clarence E Carlson 61066756
Thank you I will dig into this a bit more.
Having some family issues health & legal atm. Having to put Find A Grave & Ancestry on hold for a bit. I popped in to do some edits as I know people get a bit snooty when they are not done timely.

Thanks again and I may look you up in the near future when I can dig with out distractions.
Thanks again!!!
Added by P Black-Avitts on Aug 14, 2016 5:09 PM
P Black-Avitts
RE: Ruth L Carlson 25190289
Yes the difference is wide. But she married in the family. I did find the link and yes Ruth did marry Clarence.
It is in the 1940 census.
My grandmother is Olive Minerva Carlson which was Clarence's younger sister. I know weird but it happens. Clarence & Ruth did not have any children.
Added by P Black-Avitts on Aug 14, 2016 5:05 PM
Jim Morell
RE: Charles E Morell
My gut would say trust the draft registration card.
Jim Morell
Added by Jim Morell on Jul 21, 2016 2:08 PM
Jim Morell
Charles E Morell
I sent an edit for his birth date but did not have a chance to tell you the source. I found it in World War I Draft Registration Card: birth: April 22, 1890.
Thank you for all your good work!
Jim Morell
Added by Jim Morell on Jul 18, 2016 12:07 AM
Edward Click
Are you related to Lillian (Click) (Flesvig) Wylie? I didn't originally put a birth date for her father Edward because there's so much conflicting evidence. Now I've added an explanatory note.
Added by nathanm on Jul 14, 2016 10:45 PM
Thank you: Herman & Henrietta Pfaffendorf
Thank you so much for creating memorial pages for Herman & Henrietta Pfaffendorf and you willingness to transfer their management to me. It means a lot to me to be able to manage their pages. Happy 4th of July!
Added by loved29 on Jul 02, 2016 2:55 PM
Cheryl Carlson
1st wife of Lars Johan Stark
Lars Johan Stark's first wife was Amalia Christina Lengquist
(3 Jun 1838 - 26 Sep 1897). She was born in Karlshamn, Sweden and passed away in Franconia, MN. She married Lars Johan Stark on 3 Aug 1855. After five children they separated (divorced?) and he married a 2nd wife and from the second wife had eight more children. I found four of the children from the first wife and connected them to their father, Lars Johan Stark. I did not find a memorial for the mother, Amalia Christina Lengquist Stark nor any information if she possibly remarried. One of the children, Charles Gust Stark is your memorial and does have information on his parents. The obituary for Lars Johan Stark also has quite a bit of information on the family. Some of my information above is from the Rush City Project by June Ellefson Krueger, and some I looked up in Federal Census.

EXTRA - I was wondering if you knew a relative, Art Anderson (1905-2003) from Lindstrom? He was very much into Chisago County History. He was a wealth of information on the family history and helped my husband and myself get started with the family genealogy over 30 years ago. Anna Peterson Rodbom Stark is my husband's great-great-grandmother - a really interesting individual.
Added by Cheryl Carlson on Jul 02, 2016 1:34 AM
RE: Almelund Cemetery updates
Thank YOU for all the work you've done in the cemetery! I plan to photograph the entire cemetery and will be adding photos and updating info over the next few weeks. I really appreciate your promptness in processing the edits!

Again, thanks for all you do on Find A Grave and I'll keep the edits coming!

St. Paul
Added by geogoon on Jun 29, 2016 11:28 AM
RE: Kost Cemetery - Sjogren/Carlson
Thanks so much, Robert. I will likely have more as I continue to cross-check records on Find a Grave with my own records for people buried at Kost.
Added by Mplsguy on Jun 24, 2016 2:43 PM
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