|William Yates (#47096650)|
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If you wish to provide additional information, please quote an original source. Unverified data taken from web sites cannot be used. Suggested reading on "How to Cite Sources": http://www.genealogy.com/19_wylie.html
I sometimes get resistance to my insisting on sources. One person remarked, "I don't know what the year of the source is. You can obviously tell that it wasn't made up. I've never had anyone on FAG tell me they want sources or want them in the format that a teacher would when writing a paper. If you don't want to make my changes, I can have FAG do it". Here is my response:
I've been doing genealogy, both personally and professionally for 51 years, and long ago learned how important it is to be able to verify information. Right now I can find several undocumented items of data concerning my own ancestry on the internet. Much of it would be extremely valuable to me if only I could verify that it is true. I know that some of it is false, and it is repeated and copied over and over, since that is so easy to do with the click of a mouse. Several of my ancestors have the wrong parents linked, and it is repeated sometimes a hundred times.
There are good reasons for using a standard format for documentation, and the best genealogical journals insist on it. Check a copy of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, for example. The reason the year of publication is important is that sometimes there are different editions, and one might have certain information which is not in another. I never thought that you made up anything. Family researchers are by nature very honest, but they are sometimes mistaken, and it is absolutely necessary to check their sources.
After spending countless hours photographing tombstones all over the western U. S. and then countless more hours creating memorials, I like to see evidence for any additions or corrections. You are welcome to send information if it is documented. Someday, if you stay with genealogy work, I think you will understand why it is important.
My large database with ancestors of my children and descendants of those ancestors is on WorldConnect at RootsWeb. See the "williamyates" file. It is also on Ancestry.com, and is more up to date there.
For many years I was involved in genealogy publishing as a business, and still run Yates Publishing, but on a much smaller scale. Previous to retirement, my full time job was teaching mathematics. Now I am retired I spend most of my time researching family.
Please go to my web site for a 50% discount on any of the family group sheets!
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|julie proctor||memorial 67325360|
I was hoping that you have some other information on this man. He might be my great grandfather. I am hitting a stone wall. Thanks, julie
|amyinleeds||Shepards in Alvado|
In Alvarado Cemetery you posted photos of a marker with several names on it. You did not post photos for Erle Shepard, whose name is on this same marker. Can you post them? His number is: 19512798
Thank you for this transfer. I truly appreciate it.
Added by Dpinmt on Apr 05, 2016 5:47 PM
Thank you for the time you took to explain the importance of documentation for genealogy. I do not consider myself a genealogist: neither a professional nor an amateur genealogist. But I do enjoy building my family tree, and discovering where my distant cousins might be living. And since I am not interested in fiction, I also consider documentation of each fact to be very important - though maybe not to the same degree that a genealogist would require.
The work that you and others have done to document the graves of our ancestors is very important for understanding the final chapters of the lives of our kin. Many times a Find a Grave memorial has been key to establishing the facts related individuals I've researched. I consider a grave marker to be, quite literally, a history (albeit a terse one) written in stone. And a headstone photograph is the best evidence short of seeing the stone in person - since after all, Find a Grave transcribers are just as honest and as fallible as genealogists.
Although I often find obituaries, and other information attached to Find a Grave memorials to be very helpful, I think that Find a Grave is primarily about documenting exactly what one can discern from the grave. Usually that is the name(s) and the correct spelling thereof, and date of death. I have discovered several gravestones that get the date of birth wrong (usually by exactly one year), but I consider the stones to be the gold standard for date of death and names: if you're going to write something in stone, you're going to try pretty hard to get at least those things right!
If researchers identify errors or have apocryphal information to add to a Find a Grave memorial, it is very important that those things be documented, and that the source of the information be added to the memorial. Henceforth I will try to live up to those standards myself.
Thank you for all the work you have done to document our past, and to explain the importance of a genealogical approach to family tree building.
|Nina Beeson||Memorial transfers for Smith family in Pine City Cemetery, Washington|
I thank you much for the time taken to transfer these family members to my care. I have updated and linked these folks.
|wheatshocker||John R Palmer #56982344|
I believe you have some pending edit suggestions for this memorial.
|Catherine||Lea Vella Harding Grave Memorial# 74860112|
Please add her mother's name, brother's name and burial date. The names listed a siblings are from her father's other marriages of which there were many.
Thank you, Catherine Bond Nelson, email@example.com
Lea Vella Harding Bond
Birth: Sep. 25, 1882
Death: Jan. 3, 1960
Richard George Harding (1855 - 1927)
Mother, Isabella Ginn 1840-1921
Fred Bond (1879 - 1928)*
Gordon Elias Bond (1905 - 1992)*
Norman Curtis Bond (1907 - 1991)*
Marguerite C Bond Evenson (1912 - 2003)*
Elias John Harding (1880 - 1938)*
Richard james Harding 1878-1949
Zulia Weiss (1900 - 1980)*
Clarence R Harding (1913 - 1970)*
Burial: 7 Jan 1961
Grave Memorial# 74860112
|S Evon DAVIS W||CORA M. HOLTMAN|
I am just wondering if we are related someway, also. My maiden name is Yates and I was born in Red Lodge, Montana which is near the Luther area where my Missouri Yates family homesteaded.
|Lena Seng||Nancy Schuchman|
Thank you for the reply. I do see that I can connect her to her parents using the edit tab and then wait for confirmation. She was married 5 times and has an obit, etc, etc which I would like to update. Is it possible for you to transfer her to me? I would very much appreciate being able to do so. Thank you for your service.
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