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Rather than leaving flowers with your corrections/edits/additions, use the EDIT feature and send a correction suggestion to the maintainer of the memorial so the memorial gets updated. See the guidelines in Help with Find A Grave if you are confused about this issue.
For those of you with serious control issues... you really need to ponder what would happen if you died tomorrow. You would no longer be the "editor in charge" of any of the memorials with your name on them. At that point, any twit or wise man may contact the admin at Find A Grave and have whatever changes made to the memorial THEY deem necessary. At that point, your quality control system, your "ain't nobody no how" mentality gets flushed and the living will have their way. I assure you that there won't be any more "must have documented sources an inch thick" because nobody at Find A Grave is going to care about having three pieces of paper saying she married him and took his name. My point is, by being what you believe is necessarily hard-nosed about the data you will change and how you change it, you are preventing the real story from being told. And as far as those of you who think the memorials need to reflect every single document or source, ponder this. If your memorial is accurate with the vital information, that should lead people to the proper location to find the documents supporting the memorial. Have you ever attended a memorial service for someone and been handed their death certificate, every census the person was in, their marriage records, etc.? No. That's because those documents prove the person existed in various forms but are not about memorializing the person. Typically you would get a "funeral card" which states a favorite passage from the Bible or poem, their birth location and date, death location and date, and the pall bearers. Sometimes now you get a copy of their obituary when the memorial is held later. Many times there is a picture of the person in their younger days, or how the family wants them to be remembered. Can we please remember this? I know some people want to use this as a place for everyone to come and find the genealogical representation of their kin here, but that is not the point of Find A Grave. It is not Find A Tree for a reason... that's not its purpose.
I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but on your profile page there is a tab EDITS and these are edits folks have sent regarding memorials you maintain with birth dates, names, links to family members, etc. We are not yet receiving notices regarding these, so many folks aren't aware they're going there instead of the inbox.
If you look at your profile and the EDITS tab, you can select "Edits sent to me that I need to review", and you will see whatever is pending. You just select Approve for the edits sent and it will update.
Some people actually got insulted when I pointed out this might be the case, so if you choose to be insulted, no need to thank me, just be thankful you are in the know.
The majority of the memorials I maintain are kin. So, if you are kin, send a transfer request using the EDIT TAB on the memorial, state your relationship, and we'll go from there. Please do not leave a public message. It is soooo much easier for all involved if you just use the EDIT TAB, as all the information we need for a transfer is right there.
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