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|As a volunteer, often researching people I am either not related to, or tangentially so, I expect my edits to be processed unless you truly have conflicting information. Contributors who own memorials not allowing my edits, or even discussion of such (4661415, 46892198, 26484943), and waste my donated time, will be handled in an alternate manner than the Edits tab.|
As a contributor, do I have to make corrections or additions to the memorials I manage?
Find A Grave memorials are to be viewed as works in progress. There is always the potential for someone to send you a correction or additional information. As the manager of the memorial, we hope that you will be excited to receive and post new information as it is presented to you. If you neglect to update memorials when valid corrections are sent to you, we may determine that you have become an inactive member.
As to name conventions related to birth, marriage and death record variations, I generally name the memorial, even if misspelled, according to the death record, which may just be the death index card, observation of local microfilm or what the cemetery has in its files. Since this is Find A Grave, it makes sense to me to name the memorial after the information most proximal to the death event. However, I make exceptions if the death index card is the sole misspelling because that is just one person's opinion conflicting with multiple other records. This too may conflict with the stone carving, Census and birth records. Matter of fact, every time someone moved before 1930 or so, the name changed in records, in the very, very large era before reading and writing were common in the Vermont and New York populace and more standardized. I have recognized the importance of name variations for years and acknowledge this with multiple spelling variations on such memorials.
The FAQs for this site do not provide guidance on memorial naming conventions. Until such time, this is where I stand. Period. (September 2015)