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Charlie Morgan (#47142894)
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Bio Photo There seems to be two schools of thought regarding the creation of memorials here.

Adherents to the "minimalist school" simply post a name, any dates that might appear on the grave stone, post a photo of the marker (without bothering to complete the transcription field for the inscription on that marker in contravention of the FAQ requirement that the inscription be included), and refuse reasonable suggestions for edits to the various fields, especially additions to the biography field.

A note about the Transcriptions Field - it's very time consuming to complete. I concur completely with the following comment made by Stauffacher56 in a thread in one of the Forums here: "I think the transcription is about the marker and should include everything it says. If I omit something (usually due to readability issues, sometimes because living persons are mentioned) I'll mention the nature of the omission in the note field. Things like names and dates could be presented differently on the marker vs. the fields on the top of the page. Photos aren't viewable by everyone, sometimes they're not very clear, and sometimes there isn't a photo at all. The transcription fills those gaps."

By making a complete transcription of the inscription, we do a big favor to folks without eyesight who depend on electronic readers to speak the words of a website to them. Those readers cannot read photographs.

I follow the "best practices" school of thought:

1. Adhering to all the "rules" in the FAQs;
2. Researching information to complete fields that cannot be completed based on the information on the marker;
3. Placing relevant information into the biography field;
4. Connecting people via the family links;
5. Checking the edit tab frequently to see edit suggestions made by others on memorials that I manage;
6. Giving the Manager a transcription edit suggestion when adding a photo to a memorial that they have created and manage;
7. Responding to suggestions for other edits promptly;
8. Responding to questions from other "Gravers" promptly;
9. Working collaboratively with other "Gravers" in completing the biography fields; and
10. Posting photos of a "family" of related markers for members of the same family for context, not merely the marker of the person who is the subject of a memorial.

I welcome suggestions for additions, deletions or edits to my list of "best practices."

I will transfer management of any memorial to any descendent of the person in a memorial upon request with pleasure. In other words and unlike others here on Find A Grave, I do not adhere strictly to the FAQ suggestion (not a directive) that transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations (i.e., siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren).

Personally, I'd rather have a memorial managed by a descendant who has significant motivation to maximize the content of the memorial due to the family relationship than continue managing it myself. The distance back in time to that ancestor is irrelevant to the question of a person's commitment to the memorial.

Please provide your relationship to the person in the memorial when making the request.


If you would like me to take cemetery pictures for you, please include the grave location - one way to learn a grave location is to phone the cemetery; if a cemetery with thousands or even tens of thousands of graves has 20 photo requests and I have only an hour or two to take photographs, I am likely to select first the requests that include the grave location. Also, if you want multiple photographs (e.g., husband and wife), list both/all of them; I feel that I more helpful the more pictures that I take, so I am likely to give priority to a pair of requests.


If you would like to use one of my photos for your own personal purposes (e.g., to post on a profile on your family tree at, feel free to do so, but please provide attribution (along the lines of "Originally contributed to the memorial for [name of person] on Find A Grave by Charlie Morgan").

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Bob McLellan
Charlie, thank you very much for the transfers of George & Joseph Baker.
Added by Bob McLellan on Aug 11, 2014 11:28 AM
Sandra Lennox
RE: Almira (Weston) Lanman
Your memorial for Samuel Avery Collins is
EXCELLENT! If he was an ancestor of mine and
I came across that memorial, I would be very
The reason that I use the information that is
on the gravestone is to avoid having somebody create a duplicate memorial.
Many times information on the gravestones do not agree with the information on the vital records.
Many volunteers do not see this. They do not do
research. They just put information found on
transcripts, which are usually copied from
the gravestones. For that reason I use the
information from the gravestone.
I do realize the information in "The Churchill
Family in America" is not totally reliable. I
have found many contradictions. I do document
my sources on the memorials that I create. It
is up to the discretion of the researcher to
decide whether to use information or not.
Thank you for your suggestions. Your hard
work is appreciated.

Added by Sandra Lennox on Jul 25, 2014 7:48 PM
Re: Theodore Strong
I am not obligated to use your bio.
Added by Kat on Jun 12, 2014 8:06 AM
Hello Charlie,

I have transferred Lucy Strong to you. Your dedication is awe inspiring.

Added by Jamie on May 16, 2014 3:51 PM
Thanks for all of the edit suggestions for the Drake family at McNeal Cemetery.I was able to confirm and add most of them.

Added by Treeclimber on May 08, 2014 8:48 AM
Homeward Bound
Sarah Alden Standish
May I use any of your headstone photo in my family tree with credit to you for the pic. Thank you.
Added by Homeward Bound on May 05, 2014 12:22 PM
Nikita Barlow
Daniel Condit
Greetings, Charlie!

Thanks for your message. I've updated Daniel's page with the link to his wife, Ruth (nee Harrison) Condit.

Best regards,
Added by Nikita Barlow on Feb 21, 2014 11:56 PM
Stan Garrity
Harold Hartford and Mabel Thurston
Hi Charlie

No problem to transfer the memorials over to you. I think I to am related to Harold and Mabel, but I got plenty to do.

Added by Stan Garrity on Feb 21, 2014 5:10 PM
Dear Charlie,
thanks for all the information for this family. I just added everything and connected to the family members.
Added by Jessi-Schnittchen on Jan 21, 2014 5:46 PM
Nicholas Booraem.114514630
Thank you for that great information! I have added it to his memorial.

All the best,

Added by Jamie on Jan 19, 2014 8:06 PM
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