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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!

Be sure to click on photos, as the captions might have some great info.

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 a lot photo 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.

Cemetery 101:
Cemeteries care about burial dates, not birth or death dates. If they bury someone, and then move them somewhere else, they will have 2 burial dates, or maybe a date much later than the death date. Very confusing! If there is no stone, then take the dates on the memorial with a grain of salt. Actually, even with a stone....

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. But remember many edits can be done without a transfer, and I continue to go back over these memorials and change or add info that cannot be easily done if it is not being maintained by me. 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 If you see "s/o Joe Blow & Bibbity Boo", I'm just copying it straight from the records 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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Keith Leon McAtee
Hi Katie Lou - I'd like your permission to copy your gravestone photo of Keith McAtee and Mary's gravestone for my ancestry tree. I will, of course, give you credit for the picture. I really do appreciate all your time and effort. I was in Iowa two years ago and wasn't able to get all the relatives gravestones photos taken.
Added by KellyV on Mar 20, 2017 2:51 PM
Larry Hart
Frank W. Davidson (1874 - 1956)
Thank you for all he info you have left at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa regarding my distant relatives named DAVIDSON.
I am particularly interested in a man named FRANK W. DAVIDSON (1874-1956). I have ample "stuff" about his descendants, but eagerly seek names and any other "stuff" regarding his parentage and / or birth place. Anything you might have access to would be greatly appreciated.
My name is Larry E. Hart // 6606 SW 15th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50315-5429 // e-mail :
Thanks in advance !
Added by Larry Hart on Mar 19, 2017 3:42 PM
Patti Walker
Thank you
Thank you for taking the headstone photo of Mary Burgess for me. It is greatly appreciated. Patti
Added by Patti Walker on Mar 18, 2017 7:55 PM
Mary Earle Shockey Stitzell's grave
Thank you for the added info. It is greatly appreciated.

Added by familyroots04 on Mar 17, 2017 5:40 PM
Sophie Hauber Slossy
Thank you so very much for your photos for Sophie's memorial. Appreciate your efforts!~
Added by J_A_nyce on Mar 13, 2017 3:30 PM
Jackie Dare
Henry G Malashock
Thanks for the correction, Katie. I have moved his memorial to the correct cemetery.
- Jackie Dare
Added by Jackie Dare on Mar 12, 2017 3:15 PM
Jeffrey Shorf Sr.
RE: Worley photo
It was my pleasure.Glad I could help.
Added by Jeffrey Shorf Sr. on Mar 11, 2017 11:03 AM
Ronald Hetrick
Lucille Winifred Hetrick 158399164
Hello, My name is Ronald Hetrick, My father was Marion Francis Hetrick son of John Hamilton Hetrick 132134331 by his first marriage. John's first wife Ruby Opal Williams died when my father was about 3 years old and my grandfather John then married Winifred Lucille Hindrichs on 8 Nov 1925 in Des Moines, IA. In the Census 1930 for Lee Twp, Polk, IA a Winifred Hetrick is shown as head of household and a Lucille Hetrick living in the household.It is my belief that the person buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery is probably John's daughter Lucille born 1925 and died 1934 at about 8 years old. I wish to thank you for your efforts to bring our alive. Sincerely.

Ronald Hetrick
Added by Ronald Hetrick on Mar 10, 2017 2:31 PM
111728352, 111728493
Thank you Katie for the transfers and other edits.
Added by A.J.V. on Mar 09, 2017 7:47 PM
Memorial# 86545948
Thanks so much for the memorials, edits, links and all of your work in maintaining these memorials. :)
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Mar 05, 2017 1:42 PM
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