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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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Karen Burger Levi Hovland
Shiloh Cemetery Missouri
Wayne Cunningham 76783888 has a headstone photo for Paul & Pauline Knotts 7678382?
Added by Karen Burger Levi Hovland on Feb 07, 2017 4:45 AM
Ronan Montana Cemetery
Anasta Quequesah 1912-1972 and Anastasia Quequesah Finley 1912-1972 are the same woman. "Anasta" is how we translate "Anastasia" in the Salish Language. She was married to my great grand father Eneas Quequesah
Added by Aggie on Jan 05, 2017 5:05 PM
Helen Currie
Edgar Putnam Rigby
Carlton Cemetery
Missoula County
Montana, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 55407633

Do you have a record that states Edgar Putnam Rigby was married? Ida Grave Rigby, his sister, is born the same month and year as what you have for his spouse. Would like to know if this is his sister or if he married a girl fitting the same description.
Added by Helen Currie on Nov 23, 2016 1:48 PM
Maryann Smith
Eugene Landrum
Thank you so much!
Added by Maryann Smith on Nov 01, 2016 9:59 AM
Maryann Smith
Eugene F Landrum
Hello again,
I realized I had not given you their memorial numbers. Eugene #13958821 and Ann E #172071088.
Thank you,
Added by Maryann Smith on Nov 01, 2016 7:12 AM
Maryann Smith
Eugene F Landrum
Mr. Yates,
Hello, I was wondering if you would mind posting the photo of Eugene F Landrum to the Find A Grave page I have created for his wife Ann E Payne? I would appreciate it.
Thank you,
Added by Maryann Smith on Nov 01, 2016 7:08 AM
Lynda Estrella
Swan Cemetery in Ravanna, MO
Good day,

My name is Lynda Estrella, (Ellis). I am the great-grandaughter of Ollie Mae Cooksey (Swan) who is laid to rest in the Swan Cemetery of Ravanna, MO. There are slaves buried in that cemetery, they had stones there and I believe the stones are still there. I think they may have been covered over. I first visited this cemetery when I was 14; I am now 56 years of age. I only know a few of the slaves names, but I believe they are important. Those slaves were owned by the Swan family. My grandmother, Inna Mae Croy (Cooksey) told me these things, as well as showed me the graves of my ancestors and of those graves. One of the markers was shown to be of a young girl, whose name was Sara. She was nine years of age when she passed.

Added by Lynda Estrella on Aug 20, 2016 6:21 PM
Carol Appleton
RE: Edits
Thanks for the hint
Added by Carol Appleton on Aug 16, 2016 10:11 AM
Carol Appleton
RE: Edits
Oh Under other additions or corrections?
Added by Carol Appleton on Aug 14, 2016 6:21 PM
RE: Stone Cemetery
It is memorial page 39566431.
Added by Marsha on Aug 14, 2016 4:17 PM
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