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I do not mind sharing my HEADSTONE photos but ask that you please give credit where credit is due and ask permission first. After finding my personal family photos on other websites that were taken without my permission, I have removed most family photos from my memorials. Those that are left can be shared but PLEASE ask permission first. |
As a note to all FAG submitters, ancestry.com now gives the researcher the option to report our memorials for various offenses, such as the names of living people in the bio section (obituaries etc), inaccurate research information, sensitive information about the deceased (murder, divorce, bootlegging etc.) and several other issues.
In our favor, while offering the option to report an issue, Ancestry.com discourages a researcher from reporting public information such as obituaries or newspaper articles and/or sensitive information which can be discovered by anyone who performs thorough research on their family trees instead of just copying someone's tree with inaccurate information as gospel.
We live in a big country and what one person views as surprising but not something to hide, may be considered quite differently by a person who lives in another section of the United States. Many people want to keep skeletons buried and this is a situation that can create problems.
No offense is meant to anyone by information that is in my memorials. Any information in a bio section is meant to help the researcher. If I find multiple marriages which may include divorce, I will include them in my memorial. Children may have resulted from these multiple marriages and if I can knock down a brick wall, I will do my best to help another researcher out there. Even short term marriages or common law unions can be important in research.
Divorces, desertion, common law marriages and domestic violence were as common 200 years ago as they are today. Murders and acts of assault and battery were often covered up and buried by locals if they felt the act was justified; feuds were common and still exist to this day.
People who have DNA tests performed to trace their lineage are often surprised when the DNA doesn't match their "known" ancestry. If documentation proves a person is a product of an outside liaison, I will put that information out there to help others find their roots.
I live in the Chicago suburbs. I have been doing genealogy since 1999. For my American ancestors, I have discovered I am related to nearly everyone in Southern Indiana (joke - but close). If one of my memorials is your ancestor, that person may be mine also and we may be related!
Logistical areas of my genealogy research include Germany, Austria, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), Hungary, Scotland, England and in the US - Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Mid-Michigan, East Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Washington State and several other short time touchpoints for my ancestors. We have California gold miners, coal miners, Oklahoma (Indian Territory) land grabbers, Indiana moonshiners and Illinois mobsters. So many skeletons and so little time!
This is a very small world and in an essence we are related to everyone. .... Happy Researching!
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