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MerridyJ (#47177994)
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Bio Photo I Love Genealogy and History, research, editing photos, and travel. We finished our book: my mother's memoir about Utah pioneers and the Great Depression. Black Rocks and Cold Windó Surviving the Good Old Days, by Alaina Newhart.

This probably should be stated in a forum, but as I see it: FindAGrave is mainly a reference source for genealogy. It verifies actual HISTORICAL EVENTS. If you want to add a lot of other unverified info, you really should use another site. If you post a bio, then also post a reference link to that, so we can know that your info has actual vital records sourced.

I was very offended when one person told me to "look it up yourself on Ancestry". Why would I want to go to a different site to look up (and do research on) all the people in the cemeteries? What I'm doing here is adding correct information to It actually made me give up on being a volunteer: hours spent tromping around in the graveyards searching for names, managing photos, editing them, and posting them. I decided to work on my own genealogy, instead.

First, is loaded with semi-accurate information. AND, it is the best place for sources and organizing your family tree. However, it takes days and even weeks to sort through all the falsehoods people willy-nilly post there. An honorable genealogist doesn't believe anything until he sees a legitimate SOURCE. It's all about being able to PROVE the information. People often don't care for accuracy, so I seldom use any info from other member's trees. If they seem to have reliable sources, then I look at those to be sure.

Second, what we are doing here is DOCUMENTATION, in the form of photos, mostly. I recognize that some names and dates on tombstones could have errors since they are furnished by relatives who may not know exact facts. So, when you know something accurate that can be added, then you need to also add the source such as: family bible, in the possession of "Susie M. Smith" scanned and uploaded to the Smith family website,

As I see it, FindAGrave photos can be a good SOURCE for original information, for sites such as . . .
IF and ONLY IF, we don't allow the data to be corrupted. Once it's "out there" the snowball effect happens and you can't simply undo the bad information.

I recognize that some people use the site for religious reasons and I have worked on numerous requests, even using snowshoes in the winter in Maine, to find persons who turned out to be children: "little angels" from 1800's. Requests like these are obviously not for the purpose of genealogy, but we honor them when we can.

Thanks for listening.

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42847388 Memorial
Hi, Hanna (Hodgkins) Owens, is my 4th Great Grandmother. Would you be willing to transfer to me I have information for her happy to have finally found her and still looking for her husband John Owen.

Thank you,
Added by Sandra on Dec 15, 2014 4:57 PM
Cindy Hodgdon Hemond
RE: Accuracy & Photos
Thank you... you are so sweet.
I don't like to manage these.... just add them so no one gets lost.
Hoping family members will want to take them.
Added by Cindy Hodgdon Hemond on Jul 06, 2013 6:34 PM
Lincoln Lunt #60997674
You can look it up yourself on Ancestry:

1870 United States Federal Census
about Lincoln Lunt

Name: Lincoln Lunt
Age in 1870: 12
Birth Year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Maine
Home in 1870: Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Falmouth
Household Members:
Name Age
Ezra M Lunt 39
Sarah C Lunt 46
Alton Elvin Lunt 17
Emma M Lunt 16
Lilla T Lunt 13
Lincoln Lunt 12
Elias Lunt 9
George H Lunt 5
Added by VickiO on Jan 19, 2013 8:19 AM
Cindy Hodgdon Hemond
RE: Eliza Penley Pine Street Auburn me
I am not sure if I am very good at this stuff; I am so new to it. Everytime I have entered something I have not liked the way it looks :)
Added by Cindy Hodgdon Hemond on Aug 20, 2012 2:08 PM
Cindy Hodgdon Hemond
Eliza Penley Pine Street Auburn me
Hi there,
I just thought I should bring to your attention that you have her birth date 1956 when it is 1856. Also I took some pictures of where and who she is buried with and added to her memorial. Not sure if you wanted to add them to the cemetery? Let me know if I can help as I live only a few miles from this cemetery! Thank you for the work you do!!!!
Added by Cindy Hodgdon Hemond on Aug 19, 2012 7:40 PM
Bev Winship
Douglas Robbins 40661799
I just entered the memorial for his wife, Beatrice (memorial 87516309). I was wondering if you could add the photo of the gravestone showing on subject memorial to her memorial. Thanks.
Added by Bev Winship on Mar 29, 2012 5:32 AM
Tammi Scott Easler
Thank You
I would like to thank you for taking a picture of my Grandparents Doris and Vern Thurlow graves in Pownal. Next year I will be able to visit it now that I know where they are. I appreciate it.
Added by Tammi Scott Easler on Nov 16, 2010 5:00 AM
Stuart Strout Woodside Skolfield
Irene Hamblen
Thank You very much for the great Photo & correction. I do appreciate these updates. Keep this photo handy as I cannot add any more photo requests until next week. Then I will ask for photo requests for William & Edith. Thank You, Your Friend, Stu
Added by Stuart Strout Woodside Sk... on Nov 09, 2010 8:52 AM
Linda ~ In Loving Memory Of My Son ~ Harold
Thank You
Hi Merridy,
I have removed the request for Caroline Lufkin. I'm so sorry that you were not able to find it. Thank you so much for taking your time to look for the headstone. You are very kind.
Added by Linda ~ In Loving Memory ... on Nov 02, 2010 8:35 AM
Linda ~ In Loving Memory Of My Son ~ Harold
Thank You
Thank you so much for the headstone photos for Ascenath (Harris) and Dennis Higgins. I was very happy to see the photos this morning. It is so kind of you. Thanks again, Linda
Added by Linda ~ In Loving Memory ... on Nov 02, 2010 7:02 AM
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