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rlahistory (#46847907)
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All headstones photographed and submitted by me have been posted to Find A Grave, Ancestry, and Arizona Gravestones. These photos are intended to preserve the headstone in digital image for genealogical research. As a volunteer, I did not request permission to photograph from the cemetery or family who purchased the headstones. My intent is to provide a photographic record to the community not about numbers and ownership. No copyright claim is attached to the images and permission is not required for their usage.

As a researcher, I am in awe of the dedicated volunteers who drive hundreds of miles, invest their time in walking cemeteries in all kinds of weather, and then invest their time in processing thousands of photos for upload to find a grave. This is a monumental contribution and unrecognized by those limiting themselves to appropriating "their" family. Volunteers generously photograph both family and strangers in order to preserve all of our history. The updates and links are again provided by volunteers who see value in contributing our time to add to the record of all memorials. I am grateful to each and every volunteer who has allowed me the use of their credited photo in Ancestry.

To usurp a volunteer's contribution based on "family" connections fails to recognize the generosity of time and labor that went before the creation of the memorial. Prior to Ancestry's ownership of the site, it was difficult and cumbersome to update the memorials. For volunteers adding thousands of memorials, this added considerable time to maintaining and updating the memorials. Transferring made sense then so that a member could process the updates for the sake of the record. This is no longer the case.

Ancestry has made several updates that allow anyone be it creator, contributor, or family to add, correct and link families together. The "ownership" of memorials is now an archaic practice that may benefit the ego of some individuals who insist on creating duplicate memorials for ownership sake. Not even Jim Tipton, founder of the site, produced such exhaustive bios that are now appearing.

These are the same individuals putting in countless photo requests without contributing in return. Do you own a census record simply because your family is listed or is it a vehicle that benefits generations to come? Of the hundreds of descendants, who is the most entitled to "own" the memorial. For those self-important people who have contributed few memorials but are "maintaining" hundreds, shame on you. Ancestry offers "virtual cemeteries" for those whose primary goal is "ownership" of the public records.

I retain memorials that I am actively researching and linking to their family. My main contribution is to update and link the families from a vast database. Most "family" members never bother to do this, they wait for someone else to do so and then demand the transfers. This is clearly evidenced in the lack of updates to the transferred memorials.
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Florencia de Arballo Ramos
Find A Grave Memorial# 63097152

Made your suggested changes, thanks!

Your suggestion:
April 22, 1950 Tucson Daily Citizen: Requiem mass was said this morning at St. Margaret's church for Mrs. Florencia Ramos, who died in a local hospital of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Burial followed in Holy Hope cemetery. The Reilly funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ramos, 68, lived at 1033 W. Speedway. She is survived by seven sons, Leonardo, Ignacio, Manuel, John, Jesus, Salome and Joseph; two daughters, Mrs. Amelia Arriaga and Mrs. Refugio Ramos; 40 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Tucson.
Added by Reyna on Jan 25, 2017 8:18 PM
Luisa Borquez

I am trying to find the Yuma Daily Sun article you referenced in
# 84442084. Would you be able to help me locate it?

Luisa Borquez is my 3 Great Grandmother. I am trying to trace my family history to Sonora Mexico and back to Spain.

Thank you!

Added by laamy24 on Jan 15, 2017 8:48 AM
Elisa "Lizzie" Fraser Sanchez
Find A Grave Memorial# 62956626

I added the information you provided:

Mother of Rudy and Alice Lara, Carlos Sanchez, Frank, Ralph, Miguel, Robert, Lydia and Eva Mendez. Wife of Manuel Lara, Rafael Mendez, and Miguel Sanchez. aka Elisa, Elizabeth, Alice, Lizzie

Sorry it took so long, Thanks!'

Added by Reyna on Aug 29, 2016 8:31 PM
William Frank Pain
Find A Grave Memorial# 62489359

Added the following information you provided: CA birth record lists Guillermo Francisco Pain.


Added by Reyna on Aug 29, 2016 7:55 PM
Amelia Pain
Find A Grave Memorial# 62489515

I added the newspaper information you provided, thank you!

Added by Reyna on Aug 29, 2016 7:53 PM
Barbara Anne (Brownell) Potter
Ruth Brownell
You have asked me to add the death place for her. Would you mind letting me know where you found her death place. Massachusetts, USA

Thank you
Added by Barbara Anne (Brownell) P... on Jun 17, 2016 2:05 PM
Ruthann Grace
William S. Metzler
William S. Metzler is not buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona. He is buried in Naco, Sonora at the Naco Cemetery known as Panteon Municipal. Please see FindAGrave Memorial #158026157 which includes a photograph of his gravestone. Please remove your incorrect memorial.
Added by Ruthann Grace on Jun 12, 2016 1:13 PM
K.L. Toler
Pete Burke Story
I am researching this person for my web site. I originally thought he should be listed as a line of duty death for SD Sheriff, even thought he was a deputy Constable at the time... I also did not find him on the officer down memorial web site. After reading your story on him I am even more intrigued. I own and was writing a another story which ended up in Imperial County when I found the LA Herold articles about Burke. Based on your characterization maybe I should leave well enough alone.... but now I am curious. Cam you direct me to your sources on his history?

Thanks.... Ken
Added by K.L. Toler on Jun 11, 2016 9:10 PM
K.A. (Barlow) Coffey
Antonia Colin Nemeth 142595931 husband Lawrence Allen is buried in the Carroll Family Cemetery in Lawrence County Ohio. There is only 19 graves. His Find A Grave number is 163477882.
Added by K.A. (Barlow) Coffey on May 30, 2016 2:19 PM
Rey Burruel
Could you please connect Enedina Padilla and Vincent S. "Vicente" Padilla to their mother Lugarda Sanchez Padilla( #162858848 )?

Thank you

Added by Rey Burruel on May 22, 2016 1:25 AM
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