I have been doing genealogical research since 1984. I retired from the Air Force in 1994. I recently became a volunteer of RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) for Somerset County, Maine. I am a member of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Buckfield Historical Society. I am also Historian and Past Commander of John D. Long Post #58, American Legion, Buckfield, Maine. I am a son of Donald Mackay Cooper and Ruth Marcelyn Hersey.
I AM NOT A ROBOT... YET!!! This new edit system is pretty good. It makes it possible to edit memorials belonging to "Fallen Gravers" , whether they be deceased or just gave up. the problem though is that since memorials now show up as "hints" on ancestry.com, many novices are submitting edits based on unverified sources. It takes time to verify edits when they are submitted. It would be great if source information could be attached to the edit request. In the meantime, it would be helpful if people could submit edit "other" with source documentation along with the edit. [Look out for Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics!]
REUNITING FAMILIES ON FINDAGRAVE Findagrave is an excellent way to reunite families by linking them together. Most families are buried together, so finding where they are buried helps to reconstruct families. Linking them together using the census is also helpful. I have a few "trees" on ancestry.com that I use in conjunction with my findagrave research. Not everyone can afford membership to ancestry.com, so linking families together on findagrave can help more people find their lost kin.
I will [Transfer] memorials. I feel that we can make more meaningful memorials on FindAGrave if volunteers can work together instead of using the "Family First policy of Four Generations" as an excuse to keep memorials from being corrected...
TEAMWORK TRANSFERS If you are afraid of making transfers (I guess in the old days people would delete the transferred memorial) there is an alternative to the long and tedious process of having the other contributor "spoon feed" the information to you. Do a "temporary transfer". This is done the same as a normal transfer, but with the understanding that once the updates and links are made, it gets transferred BACK to the creator. This involves TRUST. It is best to do just one memorial at a time. If it doesn't get transferred back... NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU! "Fool me once, shame on you... fool me twice, shame on me!" Please, give it a try. There are so many "inactive" volunteers these days, the rest of us need to be able to work together and not bicker. When you click on [Transfer Management] the instructions state: "This action is PERMANENT and can not be undone." This is misleading. The PERMANENT implies that it will be lost to you FOREVER. That is true only if it NEVER gets transferred back to your control. The other aspect of TEAMWORK TRANSFER is that the person who contributes the research can add their name in the bio or notes with an embedded link. Contributors who say they will add information that you send to them don't always credit their source. They don't want others taking credit for the photos they post, but they don't think twice about taking credit for other people's research. Just pass it off as their own.
I have been working on families in Maine in the early 1800s, about the time that Maine became a state separate from Massachusetts. Many of these people seem to have gotten "lost in the shuffle", so I am trying to find where they are buried and link the families together.
I also have a "permission slip" from the Public Affairs office at Togus to take photos of the gravestones of the Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Eastern Branch of U.S. National Home that are buried in Togus National Cemetery.
UNKNOWN BURIAL LOCATIONS Some people won't link to "unknown burial locations". A lot of old gravestones are "lost" in old cemeteries that have been neglected over the years. "Roots" helped to renew interest in cemeteries back in the 1970s. Old "lost" cemeteries are still being discovered as old family homesteads are being sold in this depressed economy. The families who lived there may have known about the old cemetery, but nobody else did. Many of those old timers passed away long ago. We often know when and where they lived and died, but just don't know where their gravestone is. It is irresponsible to just stick them in any old cemetery in the town that they died in. It is a sure bet that SOMEBODY will request a gravestone photo and then someone else will go off on a "wild goose chase" looking for the gravestone. When "unknown burial location" is used, there is always a risk of "duplication" if the gravestone is ever found in the real world.
VIRTUAL CEMETERIES By the way... these are all "virtual" cemeteries... this is the internet! Any resemblance to "real" cemeteries in the "real" world is purely coincidental. Right now Findagrave is more like FOUNDagrave. If they don't have a gravestone still standing... they didn't exist!!!
Just my opinion. Opinions are like rectums, we all have one... and the older we get the harder it is to keep from hearing them to ourselves!
Winslow Shaw's memorial Got it done, thanks. I like the bio you got there. Longest one I've seen but all great info, don't change it, I'm just ragg'n on ya. Are you related to Shaw? Thanks for your service too! I'm also a vet.
Lizzie Beal, You put Lizzie Beal, 2nd wife of Henry Proctor. I think you meant 2nd wife of Clarence Proctor. As Henry was the father of Clarence. I declined the edit for Emma as it was to unlink her from her husband.
John S Kennedy Hello, I'm looking for information on my 2nd great grandfather John S Kennedy born about 1828 in Maine. I see from some of your message post you have been looking for him also. His parents were Andrew Kennedy and Nancy Adams. I've not had any success in locating the death records. I lose track of him about 1872. Might you know any thing about him and his family? Sincerely, Reg Hamilton
Joseph and Amelia Barker Hi, I have added the information and made the edits you sent, but I am having trouble getting husbands No.1 and No. 2 to line up. I have deleted and reconnected, but that didn't work. Think the only way to do it is in tandem...we both delete (Langley is yours) and then I add....OR I can transfer Joseph and Amelia to you. Which ever you prefer. Have a great day! Gail
RE: Thomas Cooper in Vine Hills Cemetery Hi Tim & Grace: Went back to Vine Hills Cemetery yesterday, did not see any more gravestones of the Cooper family located around Thomas. Thank you for the outstanding work that you do for Find A Grave. Take Care, Sandy