Why I joined Find-a-Grave I joined this site as a way to honor people who have passed away and to share the family history information that can be found on grave markers. With only one exception, I am related to every person represented by the memorials I currently manage.
Why I scaled back on Find-a-Grave Find-A-Grave is a great resource and I appreciate it and the many wonderful volunteers who have put so much time into helping others. But, a fundamental flaw, in my view, is the "contributor controls all" approach to the memorials. Some of my relatives memorials are "held hostage" by contributors who refuse to allow edits by actively declining all requests. A better model would be to eliminate "autocratic control" of memorials and make the site more collaborative. I contributed more than 10,000 memorials but I have given up control of most of them as I simply do not believe that control of their content should be my decision.
SSN Death Index: what it doesn't mean The SSN Death Index provides information based on a person's social security account. But it does not provide "place of death." Instead, it provides the location of a person's last known residence. Death location can be obtained from a death certificate or possibly an obituary. So please do not provide a "place of death" based on the "location" reported by the SSN Death Index.
Photo Tips Often it is impossible to take a gravestone photo that shows both the entire stone and also results in readable information. I recommend deciding what you're trying to do: if you want the grave marker to be readable, zoom in close so that the text is as large as possible. If you want the whole marker to be visible, zoom out, but don't waste a lot of vertical or horizontal space showing bare dirt or grass (one patch of soil or grass looks like another). A great approach is to take two photos: one showing the whole marker and another that provides a close-up of the text. I recommend setting your camera to the maximum resolution available and then using photo editing software to crop away unneeded parts of the photo and resizing the remaining image so that it does not exceed Find-a-Grave's standards. Oh, and unless you're taking photos at night, or the marker is in part shade, part sun, you should avoid using a flash. All the flash does is wash out your photo and, often, create an unpleasant bounce-back of light in one spot.
And about those digital date/time stamps...imagine Ansel Adams's "Moon and Half Dome" - but with the orange digits "3/13/1960 1:28 P.M." plastered across the front! Those digital dates are ugly and unnecessary "features" considering the date/time is already encoded into the "meta tags" found in the photo properties.
My photographs Sorry to get into legalese, but at one time, a find-a-grave member duplicated a memorial I created, then stole my photo and posted it on their duplicate and on some other memorials.
Per US Copyright law, as the original photographer of the grave marker photos I've added to Find-a-Grave, I am the copyright holder and the sole arbiter of the allowable uses of my photos.
What the license means is that I am granting you permission to use my photos for any purpose you wish but if you want to re-publish a photo on another website or in a book or periodical, you may do so only if you give credit to me as the original source and copyright holder. A good way to do that is to say: "Photo Courtesy of D.D. Thompson, Find-a-Grave Volunteer." You could also include a hyperlink to the Find-a-Grave memorial where you found the photo, but that's optional.
Since I spent my own time and money to drive to graveyards and take these photos, some form of acknowledgment of where the photo came from is only fair. Thanks!
Nancy Shaw Ford Your Find a Grave profile for Nancy Shaw Ford includes an initial C (Nancy C Shaw Ford). Have you seen an initial C with this name? I believe on her grave marker it says Nancy S Ford (S for Shaw?) Just curious if you have a middle name for her. Thank you!
Dean R. Nugent (father of Imogene Nugent) had a brother named Raymond McKinley Nugent born 13 APR 1894. In April 1917 he married Ethel Jones in Yuba County, California.
As you are related through your Find A Grave postings, I was curious if you had any relatives who could provide information about this marriage. Ethel was 37 and Raymond was 23 at the time. Raymond registered for the WW1 draft two months later.
Any assistance you can provide will be helpful. I think he registered to vote in Siskiyou county, California,in November 1918. But after that I can't find anything.
RE: Eleanor Elsie V Young Weitman I also take pictures and post on findagrave, just as a volunteer. I thought you might have had an idea of what was going on in that area in 1864, as there are several burials in that cemetery in 1864. Cholera, plague, typhoid, etc. I can't imagine a family losing that many children within a year. Eleanor was my great-grandmother. Her daughter Lena died as a result of childbirth and my mother, Adaline, never really knew the family history. If you don't know what epidemic was happening at that time, I will go ahead and contact a genealogist in that area. Just curious as to what could have happen. Thanks for the work that you.
Eoff Family gravestone photos May I have your permission to download the photo of my ancestors, the Eoff family, after finding John Leonard Eoff (Memorial# 1808448)? I would like to upload the images into my Ancestry Family Tree. Thank you for your consideration and, obviously, hard work! -Ro Fleury
Dorothy Dell Robertson Heath How surprised I am to find this picture of my Aunt Dell & Uncle John's gravesite. I was raised by them from the age of 7 to 16 in 1940 - 48 just south of Portland, Oregon. Uncle John was my father's brother, and they took me from Brooklyn, NY to their 5 acre farm, a childhood with many wonderful memories. I went back to my parents and sisters in Brooklyn when I was a teenager, but always kept in touch with them. Uncle John came to live with me for a while in Oklahoma where I live now after Aunt Dell died. I am wondering if you are related to my Aunt of Uncle as I am very interested in family history. Would like to hear from you and want to express my thanks for your efforts in making these pictures available. Many blessings to you! . . . Nancy
Chemawa Cem Hi DD I noticed that you have done most if not all of the photos for Chemawa Cemetery in Keizer. There are 4 outstanding photo requests for the cemetery, and I'm wondering if I go out there (I'm new to the area) if I'm just going to find grass? Have you photographed all of the stones in the cemetery? I don't mind taking pictures of unmarked plots, I just like to have an idea of what I'm looking for :)
First and foremost, thank you so much for your efforts! I was researching F.G. Wallen, he was my paternal Grandmother's Grandfather and I noticed your comment regarding Wallen originally being Wallenstein. This is a family rumor I have heard from my Dad but this is the first time I've seen it come up in my research. Do you have additional information on when the name converted from Wallenstein to Wallen and any history on the Wallenstein's? There was always speculation we might have some Jewish heritage on that side of the family and our DNA results returned Jewish DNA so I'm wondering if this is the link. If so I'd really like to know more, please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com.
Minnie C. Loftiss # 45660893 Hello and thank you for all you have done for Find a Grave. I believe that the spousal relationship listed for Minnie is incorrect. Minnie Porter was the spouse of Gilbert W. Fortis(s), George W. Fortiss' brother. Thank you