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Just some of the surnames I prefer to keep and not transfer from my family:
Burns, Holly, Morton, Durham
Shuman, Ragsdale, Strickland, Eidson, Bagwell, Claywell
Brown, May, Hampton
Robinson, Wyrick, Graddick, Metz

Last Name
Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings, place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

Please do not ask me to put two last names in a last name slot, I will not do that. You cannot search for anyone who is listed that way, it leads to duplicates and a mess. When you think a woman needs to have a first married name show, it will have to go in the middle name slot along with the middle name, no one usually searches by middle names so hopefully it will not mess that up as much. Just never put in such as Smith Jones in the last name, because if someone is looking for Mary Jones she will not be found unless they type it in exact as Mary Smith Jones. :
Where it doesn't work and still doesn't is: if you are looking through a cemetery for the name (Helen - Benson Pitman) and going down the list of surnames alphabetically , say I go through the names beginning with B, when I get to the surname Benson, she is not there in alphabetic order the other Benson names. It throws it to the very end. I have overlooked many done this way . Yes, you can type in Benson and it will come up, but it is not listed in order if looking through a group. It's hard to try and explain that, but many times I go to a cem and look through and see a group of surnames and think well that's all that's buried here. Then find out the name is at the very end of all the B's. Yes, if you just type in reg search it will come up, but when looking it is not in order, it will be at the very last, if there are a lot of the same surnames, you will over look it, since it will not be with the other Helen Benson's listed, it will be at the very last, Hope that explains what I am talking about. Example Mem# 149644139 (Helen Sproles Pitman Benson)

Headstones can be very unreliable, a huge percentage are inaccurate, and can be proven as such. Death dates are most accurate on a death cert. Birthdates are not as accurate on death cert as the death date. 1900 census on birth months and year are good, because if the person was alive at the time, they knew more than the people that filled out the death cert or made the headstone.
Many times the burial date was listed instead of actual death date

Very very common to see on headstones:

initial of the woman's maiden name put in as the middle intial of her name.

Esp seen in earlier years, they put the year date closest to the year of birth, such as a person born Oct 1875, it was put in born 1876 that was the closest year. The reason you see so many headstones that disagree with family dates and death certs, census, etc. When just putting in the years and not months and days, on the headstones.

To add a FAG-internal link within the text of a memorial biography, you need to use the following, copy and paste this , where ### is put memorial number and use name where it says name on memorial, and then add a side ways v at the beginning pointing outwards and at the end add :
a href="https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/#########"

sideways v pointing out on both ends (it will not display it on here
a href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=XXXXXXX"Name /a

Just some of the surnames I prefer to keep and not transfer from my family:
Burns, Holly, Morton, Durham
Shuman, Ragsdale, Strickland, Eidson, Bagwell, Claywell
Brown, May, Hampton
Robinson, Wyrick, Graddick, Metz

Last Name
Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings, place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

Please do not ask me to put two last names in a last name slot, I will not do that. You cannot search for anyone who is listed that way, it leads to duplicates and a mess. When you think a woman needs to have a first married name show, it will have to go in the middle name slot along with the middle name, no one usually searches by middle names so hopefully it will not mess that up as much. Just never put in such as Smith Jones in the last name, because if someone is looking for Mary Jones she will not be found unless they type it in exact as Mary Smith Jones. :
Where it doesn't work and still doesn't is: if you are looking through a cemetery for the name (Helen - Benson Pitman) and going down the list of surnames alphabetically , say I go through the names beginning with B, when I get to the surname Benson, she is not there in alphabetic order the other Benson names. It throws it to the very end. I have overlooked many done this way . Yes, you can type in Benson and it will come up, but it is not listed in order if looking through a group. It's hard to try and explain that, but many times I go to a cem and look through and see a group of surnames and think well that's all that's buried here. Then find out the name is at the very end of all the B's. Yes, if you just type in reg search it will come up, but when looking it is not in order, it will be at the very last, if there are a lot of the same surnames, you will over look it, since it will not be with the other Helen Benson's listed, it will be at the very last, Hope that explains what I am talking about. Example Mem# 149644139 (Helen Sproles Pitman Benson)

Headstones can be very unreliable, a huge percentage are inaccurate, and can be proven as such. Death dates are most accurate on a death cert. Birthdates are not as accurate on death cert as the death date. 1900 census on birth months and year are good, because if the person was alive at the time, they knew more than the people that filled out the death cert or made the headstone.
Many times the burial date was listed instead of actual death date

Very very common to see on headstones:

initial of the woman's maiden name put in as the middle intial of her name.

Esp seen in earlier years, they put the year date closest to the year of birth, such as a person born Oct 1875, it was put in born 1876 that was the closest year. The reason you see so many headstones that disagree with family dates and death certs, census, etc. When just putting in the years and not months and days, on the headstones.

To add a FAG-internal link within the text of a memorial biography, you need to use the following, copy and paste this , where ### is put memorial number and use name where it says name on memorial, and then add a side ways v at the beginning pointing outwards and at the end add :
a href="https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/#########"

sideways v pointing out on both ends (it will not display it on here
a href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=XXXXXXX"Name /a

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