I have met many wonderful people on Find A Grave. Thanks to all the contributors for all you have done and continue to do. Thanks everyone for all the suggested corrections, and extra information provided to me.
Unfortunately, there have been a number of individuals who do not understood that we are volunteers, who have been rude, who have been otherwise abusive or who have been frankly bizarre. Because of this, I will follow the Find A Grave guidelines. It is about the hunt, not the numbers. But dealing with some of the Find A Grave members and interlopers, I have learned to follow the guidelines.
UPDATES AND CORRECTIONS: I am always happy to to update or correct memorials but PLEASE use the "EDIT" tab on individual memorials to suggest information corrections or additions. This sends a direct link to the memorial as well as your own profile page. If a request is left on my profile page it will be ignored and deleted. I just don't have the time to search for the individual memorial and then make the update.
MISTAKES: If you discover that I have made a mistake or created a duplicate later than one you created, please use the Edit tab and send me the correction and I will delete the duplicate immediately. And please be nice. A simple request is all I ask. I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible, but I am human and I will make mestakes.
TRANSFERS: I will only transfer listings of one's direct relatives within four generations as defined in Find A Grave Guidelines. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. Consider using the Virtual Cemetery feature. It's an easy way to collect all of your ancestors either in one big VC or you can have several VCs for various family lines.
A CALLING: What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves. Catherine (Clemens) Sevenau, Sep 2009
Daniel H Jones HI Ed, Daniel (Danny) Jone was my uncle, all though he died when I was a child. He was my aunts husband and my cousins father. I would like to take ownership or manage his find a grave account.
Sarah Finlay Hello Ed, My name is Joan Churchill and I live in Australia. I have just found the grave of Sarah Finlay and was hoping you could give me some more info to see if I can work out if she is my Great Great Aunt.The age fits as she was born 23 June 1871, Ballynure, Northern Ireland. She married Arthur Hill Finlay in 1892 and they had 9 children, William John, Arthur Hill, Kennedy, Samuel, Joyce, Sarah, James, Robert and Margaret. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards Joan Churchill
Transfer Request Hi there. I was wondering if you are related to Linnie Brown (#55758529) because she is my great grandmother and I would so appreciate it if you would transfer her memorial to my care.
Just wanted to explain my edit for Wayne's mother. There are stones both in Vermont and Montana for Josephine. I have only recently figured out that she is actually buried in the Montana cememtery. I manage both of them now and am trying to get this all cleared up.
Frank Latta I have been researching Frank Latta and his family for some time. I would be interested in taking over his memorial, his wife Jean, mother Harmonia and also Juan Joaquin Murieta. Latta and Murieta were close friends. Les Ballinger suggested that I might inquire to the possibility of handling these memorials. Thank you, Lynda in Bakersfield, California.
Find A Grave Memorial# 40763511 at Burwood Cemetery, San Joaquin County, California You have the headstone photo for Mina Agnes Pierce Find A Grave Memorial# 40763511 at Burwood Cemetery, San Joaquin County, California. She was married to my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Would it be ok to use your photo(s) on my Ancestry.com family tree? I will include (Find A Grave photo & permission by Ed Smith) for each photo I use. Thanks Wanda Pierce Johnson (Member # 47818424)
Eddie Robinson Lindsay Hi Ed, first, thank you for your hard work, I also belong to Find A Grave and add my family memorials as I find them. Eddie R Lindsay is my late husbands grandfather and it took me a long time to track him down as his legal name is Ed Robson Linzey. I will be correcting this along with other family data soon. I'm wondering if you live in CA and just indexed this cemetery, or how you came by this information. I'm looking for all I can on him, I do have his death cert, WW 1 & 2 draft info, etc...I would love to have a picture of his headstone, if there is one, and have called the cemetery many times, no answer or answering machine. If you can or know someone who can and will take a picture, I'd appreciate it very much. You can contact me through Find A Grave. Thanks for your consideration and hard work. Lauren
Charles Neff Ed, there is a duplicate memorial. You had made two for Charles Neff. # 39332532 should be removed as 531 has more family history and pictures on it. I appreciate all the work you did putting all these memorials in so many cemeteries on Find A Grave. Best Regards. Les # 47982813
I tried using EDIT but can't get past that Robot thing.
HAVE SAME DEATH DATES. HIS DAUGHTER, JANIE, AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON HIS GENEALOGY, SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR THE RECORD/OBIT OF HIS DEATH (AUTO ACCIDENT). THE COUNTY RECORDS SAYS THIS RECORD IS TOO OLD. HOW CAN THAT BE? 1946 AND WE ARE JUST NOW ABLE TO GET THE CENSUS FOR 1940. JANIE'S MOTHER WAS MARY J TOSTA WHO WED JTF JR IN 1933. MY MEM HAS THEIR WEDDING DAY PICTURE WHICH JANIE WANTED ME TO POST.
YOUR MEM DID NOT LIST "JR" SO I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOUR MEMORIAL UNTIL RECENTLY. SO SORRY... I WAS HOPING ANCESTRY.COM WOULD HAVE HIS OBIT OR NEWSPAPER CLIPPING OF THE ACCIDENT. NOT. I WILL TRY LDS AND/OR CHECK BACK WITH ANC.COM. I INTEND TO ADD OBIT WHEN FOUND. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO...WILDWOOD/JRMSB2145 MBR#46513740