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Teresa Shade Anderson (#46599914)
 member for 11 years, 3 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo I often take photos of markers that are cracked, worn, laying on the ground who are not my family members. I photograph these markers just to preserve the history. I indicate in the bio that this person is not related to me. I will transfer these types of listings.
January 21, 2015
I have visited various family members over the last 15 years and spent hours scanning, identifying and editing boxes and boxes of photos. I have thousands of photos organized on my computer and I was posting them on findagrave. I have been very frustrated with certain find-a-grave member's practices to the point I no longer list much new information.

Upon the discovery of a recent problem, I have spent the last day in thought concerning the exact purpose and spirit of find-a-grave. The website states I joined find-a-grave over 11 years. ago. Seems like it was longer than that. It was in it's infancy. The purpose was to share cemetery information. Almost immediately, contact with other people from all over looking for additional information to what had been shared, taking and posting a tomb stone photo, adding an old photo of a person no one else had, and meeting distant cousins and friends happened. People were polite. People followed the rules. It was fun.

I have many good genealogical friends from my earliest online research and find-a-grave days. Find-a-grave created a unique early opportunity for distant people/family to connect. Folks shared research. My family genealogical research hobby evolved to include checking my locale for source documents (Wills, Deeds, Orphans Court Documents, etc) for online friends as acts of kindness. I could find a document at a local Court House, have it copied, scan it when I got home and e-mail it. The world of sharing information was really fast and I empathize....a lot of fun.

Things began to change.

It is not fun to have my photos lifted, altered, placed on other websites and to be pestered with corrections requests that aren't "corrections."

1.)Please DO NOT remove photos from my find-a-grave listings and place them elsewhere without my permission. These are my copyrighted photos. If my name is under the photo, it is my copyrighted photo. Only I can give permission for you to use my photos.

EXAMPLE: I scan a photo from my Mother's collection. I crop, do restoration work and label the photo. I have created a new unique image different from the original photograph. The image is my copyrighted intellectual property. No one can use (publish, copy, alter or move to another website,etc) the unique image/photo creation I made from the original photograph without my permission.

My niece scans the same original photo from my Mother's collection. She adjusts the contrast and produces her scanned copy in sepia colors to create her unique copy of the photo. Her creation is her copyrighted intellectual property. Even though we have both used the same original photograph, her unique creation is her copyrighted intellectual property. I couldn't use/publish her creation without her permission, she can't use mine without my permission.

Why be a stickler?
My photos have not only been removed and used elsewhere without permission, but photos of tombstones I have taken or old photos I have restored and marked "Copyright~Teresa J Anderson" or "Copyright~Teresa Shade Anderson" have been picked offline. The copyright information has been cropped off and blatantly placed back up under another person's name. I know my own artwork.
One jerk didn't even bother to remove the comic sans script cemetery information or the bird boop on the bottom of the stones of my tombstone photos I had posted. Within three days my cemetery photos were picked off and placed on as their photos. Upon politely notifying the culprit of my discovery, the person denied taking my photos and wanted me to notice slight differences between our photos. They believed if they took my photos and photo shopped an alteration to it, it became their intellectual/copyrighted property. That is also NOT TRUE. I wasn't going to get anywhere with this person. They did not know how I was related to them. I left it go.

Right now, someone snatched my find-a-grave photos that have been up for over 11 years. They are now on, a paid website. Two days later another person copied my photos unto their tree from the first person's tree. This doesn't make participating with find-a-grave fun. I don't want to be sending e-mails demanding my photos come down. This is a matter of principal. I have spent hours traveling, scanning, editing, identifying and organizing these photos.

And then we have....

2.)Enter those who advertise their mission is "to have it right" and "make corrections" on find-a-grave. They provide no source information to justify requested corrections. Right now I have over a half dozen messages from someone pestering me to make corrections to family listings. If the person read the listings, what they want added 'to make it right" (their words) was included on the original listings a decade ago. I tried to reply to the person. Their box is full.
If you have proof of an actual error or a question about a listing, by all means contact the owner of the listing.
However, is it truly the spirit and mission of find-a-grave to bug other people with trivial stuff?
Your stated mission shows your hand.

Upon request, I am happy to share my genealogical source documents and send you scans of any Deeds, Wills, OC Documents, etc. I have gathered. Upon request,I am happy to share my photos. JUST ASK.


Obituaries and Death Certificates are often from the same sources and contain clues to RESEARCH.
I will NOT list information from Pennsylvania Death Certificates on a Find-A-Grave memorial as "FACTS" about someone. I will indicate a PA Death cert. is available.
PA Death Certificates are produced by a Funeral Director gathering personal information about the deceased. This information is secondary information and only as good as the informant knows, has been "told", believes to be true, or wants on the record. Death Certificate information is often used for the obituary, thus two sources from the same source can be perpetuating "facts", spelling errors and omissions; and now we have the marvel of the internet to further supply "true sources of information." Posting Death Certificate information is like gossiping...where/what is the true source/facts?
As a Find A Grave member, I am responsible to the best of my ability to provide accurate RESEARCHED information on my listings. Requests to add PA Death Certificate information to a listing does not allow such. Please check "HELP" on Find A Grave for more information concerning listing Death Certification Information.
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Nancy Rupert
Posted obits
Hi Teresa - I posted obituaries for several members of the George W Shade and Elsie Ferne Rupert Shade family. I thought you might like to know in case you'd like to make some additional relationship connections.
Added by Nancy Rupert on Jun 07, 2014 11:22 AM
bob toelle
Thanks for taking the John Shaver photo!
Added by bob toelle on Nov 12, 2013 3:13 PM
Christine Masterson
RE: Thank you
Which cemetery?
Added by Christine Masterson on Jul 30, 2013 6:05 PM
Lonnie S. Smith Jr.
Heyy teresa found you!
Added by Lonnie S. Smith Jr. on Aug 18, 2012 6:06 PM
Corky C
William &Elizabeth Isenberg
My G Grand father was Miles Peter Isenberg #24171965 was #9 of the 16 children of William and Elizabeth Isenberg, If you could make that connection, I'd appreciate it. M P is buried in Hood River, OR.
Thanks, Corky Cook
Added by Corky C on Apr 06, 2012 12:27 AM
Corky C
William & Elizabeth Isenberg
Added by Corky C on Apr 06, 2012 12:23 AM
Kate Welch Denney
Mount Union Cemetery

Thank you do much for the tombstone pictures for John and Mary Shaver. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Added by Kate Welch Denney on Jan 28, 2012 12:15 PM
RE: Duplicate memorial Shade
I finally got around to deleting the memorial for Elsie Shade. Thanks for keeping findagrave accurate. Mary in Quartzsite,AZ.
Added by Mary on Dec 31, 2011 12:39 PM
Clancy Hassler
RE: Nicholas Isenberg
Sorry but I am not related to the Isenbergs. I have entered many as part of my trying to add memorials for all persons in selected local cemeteries.
Added by Clancy Hassler on Dec 02, 2011 4:28 PM
Clancy Hassler
RE: Nicholas Isenberg
I may be confused but if William is a son of Nicholas, the link has to be from William, the son, to Nicholas, the father. It doesn't work the other way. As the owner of William's memorial, you can make the connection.

Added by Clancy Hassler on Dec 02, 2011 3:44 PM
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