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I have been a professional genealogist for over 20 years, and am a member of several genealogical and historical societies. I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts in History, and have one semester left to complete my Master's Degree in Public History. I was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2004 for dedication to preserving Kentucky's biological heritage. I have also served as the Clark County Coordinator for the U.S. GenWeb from 1998-2000, and as the Kentucky State Coordinator from 2000 until its closure for the U.S. GenExchange.|
I support accuracy in genealogical documentation, and I do not make corrections to the memorials I have created or manage without proof of the information to be added/corrected. For clarification, proof is NOT just because someone says it happened; it IS documented records of some type stating that something happened. I also do not support hiding information that is documented. Death certificates, obituaries, and funeral home records will be accepted above family stories and headstone dates.
I will gladly transfer all memorials that are not related to me to those who can prove reasonable relationship to the deceased, and I do not follow Find-a-Grave's policies exclusively on this matter. If they are related to me or to my children, I will not transfer the memorial unless you hold a closer relation to the person than I do, and by "I", I mean myself or my children. If I am of no relation to the person at all, I will gladly transfer to someone who is related. I would rather see people with their family members than with a stranger.
Due to the recent merger with Ancestry.com, I will not be posting anymore photos on Find A Grave. I do not do volunteer work so a company can profit from the work I do. All of my photos have been removed to my private website at www.rootlines.net and will remain there. Please feel free to use my photos for your own private work WITH PROPER CREDIT GIVEN, but do NOT post my photos on Ancestry.com. I apologize if this inconveniences anyone, but I do NOT want my work posted on their site as the copyright rules they enforce make it impossible for anyone to prove copyright. Also, to those who think that copyright does not matter if it is posted here, see the following, which came from the FAQ's here:
"I found a photo of a relative on Find A Grave, can I use it?"
"Photos posted to memorials on Find A Grave are copyrighted by the member who submitted the photos. Lifting the photo to use elsewhere would be a violation of copyright. You must obtain written permission from the member to use any photo for your own use. In general if you did not take the photo yourself, you do not hold the copyright to the photo."
To those who believe that all genealogy should be freely given to help others, I say professional genealogists have as much of a right to support their families as you do yours, and just because you refuse to pay for someone to document your tree properly does not mean that I have no right to charge people for my time. This is NOT up for debate. The volunteer work I do; I do freely and I give that time to the community. The work I do as a professional is my livelihood.
To those who give freely to the genealogy community, I thank you for your time and efforts! To those who go that extra step and make sure their work is properly documented, I commend you even more!
Have a blessed day!