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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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Evelyn L. Jones Christensen
Thank you.........
For Zenas and Laura's marriage records!

Added by Evelyn L. Jones Christens... on Jun 22, 2017 8:58 PM
Melissa OBrian
Re James R Richmond #101159210
Thanks so much for his transfer Katie. Melissa
Added by Melissa OBrian on Jun 22, 2017 9:15 AM
Bob Wilson
Shearer family grave photos
Thank you for the great photos of Marion's grave marker, and a special thanks for adding the memorials for Anna and Edith!
Added by Bob Wilson on Jun 19, 2017 11:18 AM
George A Turbett #29656016
Thanks for all your hard work. I used the obituary you transcribed for my tree - now someone's asking me if I know where (as in which newspaper) it came from. Any chance you might know? (His wife Lydia was my grandfather's aunt - so I guess I'd like to know too.)
Thanks again
Added by bjwatson on Jun 17, 2017 6:33 PM
Kathy Galpin Biggs
James Beck - 42372543
Hi Katie Lou, and thank you for all that you do for

There is quite a bit of information that is incorrect with his findagrave site - siblings, step-siblings, his blood mother's memorial #ID is not on there.

I have had individuals correct my sites I created that were incorrect and I know at the end of the day it is very helpful on creating and maintaining a correct ancestry tree.

Thank you again for your assistance.
Added by Kathy Galpin Biggs on Jun 14, 2017 7:04 PM
Melissa OBrian
Re James R Richmond #101159210
Many thanks for his transfer Katie.
Added by Melissa OBrian on Jun 12, 2017 8:08 AM
Christine Masterson
Helen and Darlene
Thank you so much for moving my family graves to my account. I have so much to add to both! You made my day. Thank you for all the work you have done on Find A Grave :)
Added by Christine Masterson on Jun 06, 2017 9:47 AM
Ron Clute
Katie Lou, I am requesting if you would please transfer to me, Ron Clute #47199689, the pages for Opal Wheeler # 78877838, and HB Wheeler #78877825. These are the grandparents of my wifes. Thanking you in advance......

Ron Clute
Added by Ron Clute on Apr 29, 2017 12:09 PM
Jean Wilson
Arthur Richardson
Well, I found him!! He's w/ his sister, Zoe, in block one. There are 2 memorials for him, too. #107098829 & 36879792.
Added by Jean Wilson on Feb 08, 2017 10:29 PM
Jean Wilson
Zoe Richardson
Guess what! There are 2 memorials on Zoe, #36879828 & 97095817. One in bl.10 & in bl. 1 lot 64 in Woodland. AND you made both!!
Added by Jean Wilson on Feb 08, 2017 10:00 PM
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