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I live in Sonoma county, California. I stumbled on Find a Grave by accident after I Googled my grandmother. |
I developed an interest in genealogy after a family reunion—it started with just my family, and now extends beyond. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined spending so much time in cemeteries photographing headstones throughout Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties. They are so peaceful and filled with many stories—I hope my contribution helps you.
My photo-taking suggestions
Before you leave the house, have a plan. Once there, it's easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. Wear comfortable clothing and protective shoes. Remember to wipe off your camera lens often. You'll be disappointed when you get home and begin to upload your photos only to notice a finger smudge or water droplet on EVERY SINGLE photo—ugh! Watch where you stand when you take photos of certain headstones. If you can see your reflection in the headstone try standing off to one side.
My biggest mistake was cropping photos right to the edge of the headstone. Someone who has never seen the headstone before wouldn't know if it was mounted to a wall or building, in the ground surrounded by dirt/rock or lush green grass. When I spot one of my old photos I always take another photo and replace the old one.
What to bring with you
Camera...(duh); check your settings for outdoor use; extra, extra batteries; cemetery map if available; soft bristle brush to sweep off leaves, dirt, etc.; spray bottle (water brings out the lettering); cell phone (fully charged); sunscreen and a hat; something to eat, plenty of water; and Band aids (trust me).
Find a Grave's Quick tips:
• Uploading photos
• Suggest a correction (SAC) via the edit tab
• About duplicates
• Transfers within four generations: siblings; parents & children; grandparents and grandchildren; great grandparents and great grandchildren.
• Transferring memorials
• Women married more than once
• No posting of obituaries
• Virtual flowers (NO biographical info)
• Join Find a Grave's Forum
If you are new to Find a Grave I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the FAQs. You will avoid mistakes and save yourself and others time.
Consider joining the Forum it's full of suggestions and questions answered by other contributors.
If you encounter a difficult member, don't stoop to their level, I can assure you—they're NOT worth it! If your SAC goes uncorrected after 30 days, just forward your original SAC to firstname.lastname@example.org (bypassing the unresponsive/difficult contributor). Find a Grave will determine what should be corrected, and not someone who believes they have authority.
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MORE ABOUT FIND A GRAVE'S FAQs
1) Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested if you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree.
2) Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.