Brian McQuillan

Member for
20 years · 5 months · 13 days
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If you find a grave you have been looking for on Find A Grave, please give a word of thanks. Without the people who create and/or manage the memorials on this site, the webpage for each grave would not exist. In turn, you would not have found a particular memorial on here. Not without those people. Thank them, because most of the of the communications they receive are not that, not that at all.

If you create and/or manage memorials here on Find A Grave, I would like to express my gratitude to you. Thank you! If you are someone who catalogs entire cemeteries, and/or manages many memorials you deserve special recognition. Thank you so much for what you do!

The memorials I manage, whether created by me or not, almost always are relatives, for my primary focus is genealogical research. For the good of Find A Grave, I leave management of memorials outside of my primary focus to other folks; those who manage specific cemeteries, or geographic areas, and so on. I have done grave marker transcriptions, and cemetery surveys, but that is not reflected on here, as I always contribute that information (transcriptions, and/or spreadsheets) to the people who do the nitty gritty day to day management of that information.

If I request a memorial transfer, almost without exception it is for a relative.
From the years of research I have done, I probably have a good deal of information to add to the memorial (linking the person to parents, siblings, and vital dates and locations). Not something I would ask of a manager. If you look at a memorial I both created, and manage (not just manage), you will see what I include (and what I do not include). I follow Find A Grave guidelines, and on top of those, I use basic decorum. The memorials I manage are useful genealogically without trying to make Find A Grave into a genealogy website, or clearing house.

Find A Grave is one of the most useful sites that exists, for just about all genealogical research is done backwards, starting with the grave, if you can find it. And that, is what makes this site so vitally important to the family researcher. This site also enables cemetery research to be performed at anytime of day, in any kind of weather, at any time of year, and from anywhere in the world. Not so long ago, it was not this way.

Find A Grave is also used by people as a place to have an electronic memorial of their deceased loved ones. Family researchers, grave marker compilers, and cemetery records indexers need to be mindful that they are not the only ones who use the site. Be kind, and think before you type.

I have been seriously doing genealogical research for over 20 years, and a on Find A Grave for almost as long. Even with the internet, it is still all one big paper chase. It all comes down to those paper records. That said, the grave, and grave marker (whether the information on it is correct or not) is where researchers all typically start, or at least is one of the first things searched for by researchers. Interestingly enough, it is not a piece of paper. If interred, the burial ground, churchyard, graveyard, or cemetery is a person's final address, and where we go to visit. Whether we go to grieve, remember, and/or research, the grave site is a unique place, unlike any other. Hopefully that is reflected on Find A Grave.

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