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|I am located in southwestern Pennsylvania and have been a member of Find a Grave since 2009.|
I am also an administrator on an internet forum with tens of thousands of members and have seen a recent influx of members that seem to lack what most consider as common sense.
A Find A Grave memorial WITHOUT any biographical referenced information WHEN INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE is virtual unmarked grave. A worthless blank memory posted to increase the post count of somebody who likely does not care.
With regards to privacy as per this site's rules which state:
What about the privacy of living family members?
An individual's right to privacy disappears when they are deceased. The opinions of the relatives of the deceased fall on all sides of the question. Some people are angry to find a loved one when they come to Find A Grave, even if the memorial was added by another relative, as is usually the case, and some people are elated and send us notes of thanks for building an online memorial to their family member. If an immediate family member contacts us and wants information removed, we generally do so as a matter of respect for their wishes but we treat each request on a case by case basis. The names of living survivors will be removed from the biography section of a memorial upon request.
Contact me with your membership number if YOU are listed as a surviving member of a memorial of a family member listed and YOU want YOUR named removed from the memorial. In nearly all cases I will simply transfer the memorial directly to you for management and you can edit it however you may desire.
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Or maybe more properly termed "The Numbers game"
Shame on you if your twisted goal is to make this list just for recognition and for no other purpose. If your sixth great-great grand parent was related then by the Find a Grave rules you are NOT directly related. Something looks a bit fishy if you currently manage 40% or more than you contribute. In this case please provide links to show how you are related. I find it very fishy if you are finding 2000 long lost relatives within four generations over a six month period.
If the memorial in question is a direct relative within four generations (siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents) to you and the original submitter is not direct family, then your wishes supersede theirs under our "Family First" policy. If they refuse to transfer your relative to you, contact the administration and we will work on it for you.
Please remember that there are thousands of contributors to Find A Grave, and it is highly likely that some of those contributors will actually be part of your family tree and share some of your ancestors.
Also, the goal is not to "own" every memorial of those to whom you are related. The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it.