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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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augusta Smith
Thank you so much for the beautiful picture of the tombstone of Rohrbach. they are part of my Smith family tree.
Added by augusta Smith on Jul 05, 2014 9:56 PM
RE: Ravalli Republic
Thank you for your comment and your contributions!
Chronicling America has been a great source and Findagrave has been a great resource for my genealogical research. I like to add the obits for future researches and as a tribute. I see your name on many of my extended family and appreciated all your hard work. Thank you again.
Added by montana on Jun 28, 2014 10:43 AM
Headstone of J. H. Martin
I'm wondering if you can tell me about the headstone photo of J. H. Martin, Find A Grave Memorial #17110943, New Hope Cem., Bethesda, Independence Co., AR. Do you recall where this headstone is located as it does not appear to actually be in a cemetery.

The reason I ask is that I just noticed there was a picture of the same headstone posted in Nov. 2013 on the Carroll Co., Arkansas Historical & Genealogical Society's Facebook page

It was found somewhere nearby and now "lives" in the historical society.

Added by UNICORN1950 on Jun 24, 2014 4:03 PM
Jo Broetzmann
Edith Ahlgreen FAG 89898403
Edith's sister Emma Witt Ingli (8444969) was my great grandmother. Her father, August Witt is Find A Grave number is 103730908. Her mother was Anna Hofmeister. We do not know where Anna is buried. Anna's parents were Jacob Hofmeister and Verena Meyer. Both Hofmeisters were from Canton GraubŁnden Switzerland. August Witt was from Prussia in an area that is now in Russia. These families settled in Pierce County, Wisconsin.

Added by Jo Broetzmann on Jun 06, 2014 8:02 PM
tom c
David Green
There are 2 sites in Maplewood Cemetery for David. Nice Job on that Cemetery. Thanks Tom C.
Added by tom c on May 28, 2014 4:36 PM
A AAA American at Find A Grave
Dear William Yates,

Thanks for all your doing, have done, and shall do it is quite well.

The SAR/DAR require Three Positive proofs. So yes asking even to become a Mason is required. IMHO, as they should be.

We have Yates on my mothers side. Are you familiar with thye Virginians? And they came across the old cod pond from the UK too. Especially Hon. E. Floyd Yates, Sr. and/or his Grandson William ( Bill ) Yates who was a Va. State Trooper and 4 time Gov. Helicopter Pilot etc.. My Great Uncle Floyd Yates, a 33rd Degree Mason, etc..etc.., etc.. aforementioned is my hero and mentor. His word , IMHO, was bond, as it should be.

Please add me as your friend. On Find A Grave also here too now.


Jonathan Robert De Mallie

Added by A AAA American at Find A ... on May 18, 2014 10:14 PM
Kara Foster
So I have noticed that you are the owner of quite a few of my family members profiles on his webpage. For example Ralph Chapman Cole was my great grandfather. Any changes I request to be made on this webpage have all been verified. I would never change something unless I was 100% sure my info is correct. I talked a lot to my grandfather recently before he died and got a bunch of my info verified by him. Please let me know if you need more verification on any changes I request to be made.
Added by Kara Foster on May 05, 2014 2:54 PM
George D Shapely
Hello William,

We are all grateful for the work you have been doing in genealogical research.

As you know here on Find-a-Grave we can ask that you transfer a person who's memorial you have created to us if the person is NOT related to you.

George D Shapely is a blood kin to me and if he is NOT blood kin to you, could you please transfer his memorial to me so that I may add information as I get it. Here is the Memorial# 56927945.

Thank you again for all your hard work.


Added by Isabeaux on May 04, 2014 10:36 PM
RE: George W. Johnson
I have several George W. Johnsons, which one.
Added by Wamplerg on Mar 30, 2014 8:52 AM
Jim Rogers
Good for you, in requesting sources for information submitted! I too have had my own information corrupted, and usually the ones doing so have no basis for tendering the wrong information. As you say, it just get repeated... There is a great need for more sources!
Added by Jim Rogers on Mar 22, 2014 5:41 PM
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