I joined Find A Grave many years ago in an (unrealized) attempt to cope with loss. I say "unrealized" because at first I didn't understand why I was roaming around cemeteries, taking photos. I knew it was an attempt to help others find loved ones and trace their family tree. But, it took me a while to realize, that because my parents were cremated, I had no physical place to mourn them.
Besides that, I've always found cemeteries to be interesting. Even as a child, cemeteries were not scary to me, they were more like history parks. Part of my childhood was spent in rural Lousiana, where cemeteries were smaller and had an historic charm.
It's been more than a decade, and I find myself roaming again. There's a lot of us on Find A Grave now. Most obituaries are entered by members the day they are released in the paper and many cemeteries have been photographed multiple times. So, like all of us, (when the mood stikes) I try to find memorials that have yet to be entered and graves that have yet to be photographed. In the process, I sometimes find information that is duplicated or in need of editing. When I send "edit suggestions" I have the best intentions at heart, which is to keep info accurate for future generations. (Its so easy to enter information incorrectly. If you find something that I have entered incorrectly, please let me know. I welcome the chance to fix it.)
Thank you to everyone involved in genealogical research. Keep up the good work.
"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors" -- James Barnwell Heyward
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