|photo © 2009 Keith #46875326 Find A Grave|
Providing free labor to a corporate conglomerate since 2006.
2014 Update: Reducing involvement with Find A Grave because of frustration due to the lack of accuracy on this site, plops, photo thefts, constant transfer requests, complaints, no thanks for the effort, etc. -- allow up to 30 days for corrections to be made (include documentation with your request).
Originally, like many others on this site, I was glad to share my photos. However, my photos are being used for commercial profit (such as travel brochures and other web sites) and other contributors are using my photos to fulfill photo requests (either by using the foreground grave stone or by cropping the photo to get a nearby grave stone). For example, I'll locate and photograph a grave stone to fulfill a photo request. A spouse is also on the stone (or nearby), but I can't submit the photo since there is not a memorial for the spouse. Checking later, a memorial for the spouse was made with my copied photo added on the new memorial -- occasionally being added by another contributor to fulfill a photo request for the new memorial.
Find A Grave gets thousands of emails per day and most of the people handling them are volunteers -- requests may take 4 weeks or longer and usually will not be replied.
...you may NOT scan an obituary and add it as a photograph to a memorial record.
The name [on the memorial] should always match the gravemarker... the reason for this rule is to avoid having the listing duplicated. It is fine to replace the middle initial with the name if you know it. If you have the middle initial, be sure to use a period after it.
If the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings please place this information in the bio.
Always use a period after a middle initial.
--rules & AJ 1/11/2014
Do not ask for transfers if you are merely "COLLECTING" (IE you have 344 entries, but are "managing" 1250, particularly if you can't even link husband and wives between the memorials that you are managing!) That's what virtual cemeteries are for. Please state your relationship in the SAC when requesting a transfer. If you can't put the relationship in words, perhaps I should retain management of the memorial until someone more closely related requests it. I'm looking for an exact relationship, not "my great-grandmother was a Smith". (If you want management simply to consolidate your relatives, take a look at Virtual Cemeteries as a way to do this.) PLEASE DON'T INSULT ME BY SAYING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD DATA!
--#47349869 (and #47313371)
"Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested if you have extensive changes to make to a memorial."
Memorials are complete as long as they are in the correct cemetery with the correct name and dates as on the marker.
Nothing has divided this site and made more problems then when they added the transfer option. It has been nothing but a headache from the day it was introduced. How do other cemetery sites deal with it? They don't have a transfer option. They see what a boondoggle it is here. This site would run much smoother if they just did away with transfers. It was a good idea on paper, but in reality it stinks.
To you folks that complain about Photo Volunteers... if you drove to each and every grave of your family (perhaps all over the country), how much gas and time would you spend? Most of you would never visit those graves. Get over it, the Photo Volunteers have helped you.
To you folks that complain about Volunteers "stalking" in cemeteries... a cemetery is not a Country Club. Anyone can walk in a cemetery even if a funeral service is occurring.
To you folks who do not like to read obits on the created memorials... why did you post the memorial in the newspaper in the first place? You must have wanted the public to know this information. The volunteer who posted the obit on a memorial was just helping you reach more of the public.
You folks that do not like the ads around memorials -- then spend a crummy $5.00 and sponsor the memorial yourself.
You folks that don't want a photo of your family grave on this website... then don't bury them in a cemetery with a stone for all to see.
You folks that don't like this site... get over it. If you don't like it just don't visit. Get over it and leave the rest of us useful volunteers alone. We are doing a service for the World for generations to come.
Remember this is a free service that has grown thanks to a lot of free work by people who make mistakes sometimes. Patience goes a long ways and if you don't have it, perhaps it times to just watch and not take part.
Added by: Keith
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