William Green

Member for
12 years · 8 months · 29 days
Find A Grave ID


Remember when this was a fun, positive experience? I do. Sunken graves and rattle- snakes!!! Those were the days.

You are welcome to use my photographs; however, I cannot claim copyright for most of the family photos. Whoever has the negatives owns the copyright.

Now that FindAGrave has "shared" its data with Ancestry you may find my images already posted there. All I ask is to check first. Copying here and pasting there will produce duplicates at Ancestry.

20 Feb 2016

Here I go again aimed at people 800 miles away whose purpose in life is to wake up early and read obituaries from towns they once lived in:

Obituaries are not a primary source of information. They are considered 3rd party sources. Many times the obituary is published before a relative is buried. You can assume that the newspaper has the facts, but without seeing the grave you do not know for sure if that person is actually buried in a given cemetery. Errors are made and facts can change before the actual burials. For example a cremation is substituted; the newspaper has already published the obituary.

I concede that 100 year old obituaries aid in finding relatives, but the author or newspaper owns the copyright.

Years ago FindaGrave insisted that obituaries were not allowed to be posted to their site either as a scanned image or a transcribed, copy-n-paste version. The “rules” now are “spelled out”:

Rule as of Dec 20, 2016:
"Can I add a memorial from a newspaper obituary or other 3rd party source?"


"Find A Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record.

What we ask is that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of:

1. Copyright
2. Refrain from adding information about living people
3. Respond generously to the family of the deceased.

When adding an obituary you must obtain permission from the copyright holder. You should also cite the source and date. If anyone related to the deceased feel unsatisfied with Find A Grave or the memorial manager, we ask that they contact us at support@findagrave.com for satisfactory resolution."

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