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Doris Christensen (#47057893)
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afbowes
RE: LOUISE ALLEN
Thank you so much - I was doing research on this line but it isn't a direct line either so no need to transfer unless you'd like to! AFBowes
Added by afbowes on Dec 04, 2016 12:08 PM
Renee Leiser
RE: Jacob Lewis
Thank you.....Happy Holidays!!!
Added by Renee Leiser on Nov 22, 2016 6:41 AM
Renee Leiser
Jacob Lewis
How did you get the information about Jacobs wife and his parents?

Thank you, I am researching my ancestors and I think Jacob is one of them.
Added by Renee Leiser on Nov 21, 2016 5:55 PM
Stephen Lee Krou
Elijah Warren grave
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the wonderful photos of my 3rd Great Grand Uncles gravestone!
Added by Stephen Lee Krou on Nov 19, 2016 4:03 PM
bhd
RE: Veryle McGill
Hi, I was at Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Darien yesterday. I checked Veryl's marker again and the death date has not been added. I am going to go ahead and add the marker photo that I have.
Added by bhd on Nov 11, 2016 6:29 AM
None to be Forgotten
Duplicates
I got through all your emails this afternoon. I went through my remaining list and crossed off 6 cemeteries I had yet to go through - all in Lucas County. I didn't have any in Wayne. My personal email is: ckay8659@hbcsc.net. I used to have my Find A Grave personal message screen open but I had a "stalker" (another member) sending me horribly-worded, nasty messages - sometimes 50-60 a day and had no choice but to turn it off. Find A Grave was notified and he has since been banned from the site. Now I'm a little leery of opening it again!

Added by None to be Forgotten on Nov 10, 2016 10:26 PM
None to be Forgotten
Duplicates
Update: I CANNOT get a straight answer from Find A Grave except that they tell me to enter the name exactly as it reads on the gravestone UNLESS I happen to know the person's full name so using Ray Terrill - the stone says RAY TERRILL so that is what I entered. Not knowing these folks, I can only enter what I see. Comparing the index to other records his name is listed as RAY.

If I create a memorial in Find A Grave that isn't a duplicate of an "older/previous" one, you can use the EDIT tab on the memorial page and simply make the correction in the fields outlined there. Find A Grave tells me the "original" memorial is ALWAYS kept with others being deleted. If "newer" memorials are created (say by a relative) family photos, obits, etc. and the "original" memorial also has photos, relationships, info from a local history book, etc., Find A Grave will then merge them so none of the information is lost. This also merges any flowers or messages.

I, personally, was notified a few weeks ago of the death of a very dear and very old friend of mine. I immediately went in and placed flowers and a message. I went in a week later because I thought of a more appropriate message only to find he actually had two memorials created the same day (he was an actor with one entered in his birth name and one entered in his "acting" name). When the duplication was found, Find A Grave deleted the one on which I (and 47 other people) had left flowers/messages. I bet a lot of these folks don't even realize their remembrances are now gone!

I started correcting your emails today. Let me know the name and county of any cemeteries you want me to leave alone and I will cross them off my list if they are still there. I "only!" have 254 cemeteries left to do in Iowa. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (pun intended - ha,ha). Have to start another state soon - hopefully never to enter duplicates again!
Added by None to be Forgotten on Nov 10, 2016 1:22 PM
None to be Forgotten
Duplicates
Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about your messages. I contacted Find A Grave and asked them for clarification and why memorials don't show up on their index. I got a partial answer back yesterday which says:

"Hello Cindy,

Thank you for contacting Find A Grave in regards to duplicate memorials.

We understand, and regret your frustration. Unfortunately even when you search for a memorial and do not find one a memorial may already exist on the site. When this happens we will merge the memorials."

Sincerely,
Christi
Administrator
findagrave.com"

So now I know I'm NOT going crazy! (ha,ha) I hope to get the answer to the rest of my message today. If not I will send Find A Grave the list of duplicates tomorrow so they can make the merges.
Added by None to be Forgotten on Nov 09, 2016 3:01 PM
None to be Forgotten
Tami Vandevenne
This is what was posted on the Iowa Gravestone sight under her name:

TAMI S VANDEVENNE
Mt. Zion Cemetery
Lucas County, Iowa
Uploaded 8/17/2014 by domaco [Email]
wife of:
Paul Vandevenne
Mar. 16, 1958 - Apr. 26, 2003

I misread the above as those being her DOB/DOD - the memorial has been deleted
Added by None to be Forgotten on Nov 07, 2016 11:30 AM
None to be Forgotten
Duplicates
I apologize for the duplications you have brought to my attention. However, I do not appreciate being chastised for the same! I am telling myself this is out of your frustration and so am sending the following information in explanation:

I am going through ALL the cemeteries in the state of Iowa. I have about 260 cemeteries left. I have worked on the state every day (sometimes for 8 hours or more a day) for over 2 1/2 years. My process in doing so follows:

I compare the number of memorials on Find A Grave to the number of burials in county records.

If the county records have more burials listed than Find A Grave, I bring up the individual Find A Grave index for that cemetery and compare (name by name) those who already have a Find A Grave memorial created. I actually print out the Find A Grave index and cross off the name(s). I do this immediately before I create any missing memorials so that there is no (or extremely small) chance of someone else creating a memorial in Find A Grave in the meantime.

I was told emphatically by Find A Grave (after questioning them and receiving their reply) to create the memorial IN THE NAME EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON THE STONE. I have even debated with them when it comes to a woman who was married more than once but might be buried under her 1st husbands' (or 2nd or 3rd etc.) name to NO AVAIL. Even if I know she was married more than once I was told by Find A Grave to enter it exactly as on the stone. Example: Betty Smith (maiden name) married Joe Jones, than Burt Williams, then Henry Hudson. She is buried with Joe Jones (and that is how her name appears on their joint stone) EVEN THOUGH (legally) her name is now Betty Hudson. So Find A Grave INSISTS that I enter it as "Betty Jones".

I have received emails from other Find A Grave members airing their complaints on names and how common a problem it has become. A member who has entered over 100,000 memorials said she is deleting more than she is entering because of this "name thing". So if the stone says Frank R. Johnson and the man's name is really Raymond Franklin Johnson we have no way of knowing this. According to the Find A Grave instructions if his stone says "Frank R. Johnson" that is what MUST use to create the memorial.

More often than not, when I pull up the Find A Grave index off which to work not ALL the names appear only to show up later (sometimes even the very next day) so a small percentage of the time that is how duplicates can also happen. I have brought this up to Find A Grave more than once and they have not replied!

So between the "name thing" and the "not on the index" thing, those of us entering "missing" memorials are between a rock and a hard place.

I want to look back at my records to see why the duplicates you emailed me about where re-entered. This, however, will take me some time. I am suffering from a rapidly progressing fatal illness and some days are better than others but I should be able to explore this data by the end of the week. Until such time I ask for your understanding and not only for me, but for the other Find A Grave members who volunteer their personal time to insure None Are Forgotten! I MOST SINCERELY appreciate your county/group wanting to insure the information is entered correctly. That is our goal too!
Added by None to be Forgotten on Nov 07, 2016 11:15 AM
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