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W. Safford (#46848261)
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PLEASE READ 'HELP WITH FIND A GRAVE.' Some points that seem frequently missed (and therefore cause upset to those coming to this site from a genealogy perspective);

This is a grave registration site. While it can have wonderful genealogical benefits, the primary mission is Not genealogy. It's to find, record and [accurately] present final disposition information. #1 in the mission statement is to FIND. If you don't KNOW what happened to the remains, you should not create a memorial. Burial locations are not to be guessed at & "Burial location unknown" is not to create memorials for everyone who you don't know where they're buried (it's a Temporary place holder for recent deaths). I will not link to such memorials, nor to any memorial entered against Findagrave rules. This is FIND a grave. Do the work.

Contributors don't "own" memorials. We manage them, according to rules set by Admin (which can and do change!). Admin determines how info is to be entered and what is ok to post, so please do not attack, insult or attempt to debate the rules. "Rude" will be ignored or reported. If you disagree with a rule, take it up with Admin. Regarding a rule change; scans of very old obits used to be ok. Now they are not. I am deleting ones I've posted as I become aware of them. Due to the many times obit rules have changed, I will no longer post obits (neither as scans nor the verbatim text in the bio section).

1 body, 1 memorial. It is NEVER ok to intentionally duplicate memorials and inadvertent dups should be promptly deleted. If you feel a memorial is not receiving proper attention, you can contact Admin, but you Can Not simply create another memorial. Due to the volume of people who refuse to delete dups, I now wait 28 days, then refer them to Admin. Dups will be removed. You'll just be forcing Admin to do your work.

To enhance memorials (make links, add or correct info, move a memorial to a different cemetery, etc.), send a Suggestion to the memorial manager (easily done using the Edit tab). Managers are not obligated to add bio's and other optional info, but if they won't correct an actual error, send the matter to Admin.

If a woman has multiple married names, the last name is to be entered as it appears on the stone. Other married names not on the stone are NOT entered in ANY name field (they are shown in the bio and/or by links).

Names are not entered in all Caps, nor with quotes, parenthesis or hyphens (unless the person actually hyphenated their name). The search engine will not hit on most such creatively entered names (rather defeating the point of FIND a grave).

The above and much more is addressed under 'Help with Find A Grave' and in the 'Discussion Forums.'

To those who receive SAC's & manually make the edit (instead of just using the "accept" feature), you are creating extra work. You leave a "no change" SAC languishing in the other person's folder, which they then have to manually delete. Using the "accept" feature doesn't add or take "points" from either party. It just saves everyone time.
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MANY THANKS to all those who have added photos, contributed whole cemeteries or walked cemeteries recording &/or photographing. For some, I don't know how you find the hours in a day! Know that your work is greatly appreciated. In one case, since being photographed, virtually all stones in our small family cemetery have been destroyed. Thankfully, they are preserved on Findagrave.

I am happy to add info & links and make transfers within guidelines (again, see Help with Findagrave). Under special circumstances, I MAY make out of guidelines transfers, but am unlikely to do so if you manage many more memorials than you've added or contributed photos to. The goal should be to contribute, not just collect.

If you've set your profile so you can't be contacted, then please don't contact me or post anything on memorials I manage. It is frustrating to receive SAC's with incorrect or insufficient information, or to find recent obits posted, wrong or redundant headstones, "flowers" with correction suggestions (not the correct format), etc. and not be able to contact the individual, leaving me only the options of 1) ignoring the SAC, 2) letting improper or misleading items remain or 3) deleting and re-entering the memorial. Communication is a better option.

Please do not post redundant headstone photos or articles that take 2 or 3 .jpgs. It uses up the 5 photo max and does not enhance the memorial. If you'd like to post multiple views of the same stone or an article (that is out of copyright) and don't know how to make it into one .jpg, feel free to send it to me. I'll combine it and return it to you to post. I'm not concerned with who gets the count. I'm interested in the quality of the memorials.





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