This was my second findagrave account, so my actual contribution time extends longer than the page says.
Many people don't realize that though I inherited my maternal grandmother's collection that she had started in the early 1900's, I worked with her and all of my elders (her mother, and HER mother's siblings and cousins, etc.!) who were alive in the beginning of the 1970's to establish our genealogy. I was the first to introduce the Jackson County, Missouri and eastern Kansas (then on to California, etc.) Boone descendants to the online genealogy community. I have been at it every since, and much of my original research has been passed on, and others taking credit for, and even books written based on my findings and then expanded from there. Which was the goal, of course. Now I see new people who don't know who these people were, acquiring their pages and changing data based on some unsourced speculation and all. It is hurtful to us "old timers" to see our work corrupted and information given to us by the direct family members of these people who are on these memorial pages, just falling along the wayside.
If anyone feels like communicating with me about our original genealogies we put together before ancestry was even invented and family stories I have in hard copy that will not go on the internet, drop me a line. We have six generations of direct knowledge of family to pull from, not counting records found through research. Lila
I never used to be interested in managing any pages but my very closest family, but now with auto-edit changes going through with people not having time to check them, or not even being active members anymore, I realize it would have been better for me to keep them. I always have time to check the updates and suggestions, and research them myself.
So many of our early memorials have been destroyed by merging lately. It is so much better to choose the memorial that was there first and use the easy auto edit to link the family members to the one who explored and researched and did the work first, and deserves the credit long after they die. The photographer can easily move their photo on the original, as it should have been in the first place, and that way no unselfish, original page creator gets their work wiped out and compromised by new folks creating duplicate pages, which has always been against the site rules. Please lets not ruin what was good about this site in the first place, just because the personal emphasis is gone now thanks to the sellout. Thanks for your consideration on this. Lila
UPDATE!! Ancestry's new "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000" is merely the printouts of people's old genealogy "books" that our Family Tree Maker software had the option of using our GEDCOMs for, and is no more accurate than anyone else's online file they are trying to put together. They may be a guideline, but people PLEASE don't use these as a source! Every one I look at has gross errors in it.