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GerbLady (#46637511)
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The FAQ are guidelines and the guidelines are the RULES. Hence the FAQ are the RULES.
Mark, Jan 12, 2016, Official Ask an Admin

Rules are rules, and in this case, guidelines are rules. Please abide by them. They aren't that difficult.
A J Marik, Apr 13, 2013, Help Forum

The FAQs are definitely guiderules...or are they rulelines? No matter. The FAQs *absolutely* detail site policy and all members are expected to follow them and abide by them.
A J Marik, Nov 30, 2011, Help Forum

Having been a beta tester for the EDIT system, have nothing but praise for this feature! It's been a huge leap in getting the name fields clean up per the naming conventions found in the FAQs (these are not optional nor subject to interpretation).

The naming convention clean-ups I am concentrating on are:

Religious sisters - Sr and Sister never go in the first name field - use the prefix Sr. Birth name goes in bio, NOT the nickname, middle name or maiden name fields even if it's on the marker. Birth last name goes in the last name field - NOT the maiden name field (see naming conventions for females that never married). The religious suffix for the order goes in the bio field - NOT the middle name, maiden name or last name field (see naming conventions for prefix and suffix placement). If known, the birth last name is added even if it's not on the marker.

Maiden name - Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank); and is only used if the individual was married and took the spouse's last name as their new last name. If the deceased was never married, then the last name is placed in the "Last Name" field, NOT in the "Maiden Name" field. If the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings please place this information in the bio and use the family links.

Suffixes and Prefixes do not belong in any Name Field.

Last Name - Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial.

Do not use any other punctuation within any Name Field. (This includes ( ) and .... and ? and ---- in any name field.)

I strictly adhere to the Find A Grave guidelines regarding transfers. No exceptions. Virtual cemeteries are the way to "gather" your ancestors together.

Copy-and-paste census, military and other data is not a "bio". Please don't send these type of bios because they will not be added.

Finally, I will not add a link to a burial unknown memorial. This site is named Find a GRAVE for a reason. Not a difficult concept.
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