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I have disabled my message board and removed my email address because not everyone plays nice on FindAGrave and others do not understand how the edit system works. It is sad that this wonderful website has become a battlefield between members who should be working together instead of controlling the battlefield.
You are welcome to send me personal messages through any one of my memorials, but if you send me a rude message, I will ignore the message. To send me a message, go to the memorial you have information about, click on "Edit" at the upper right and then "suggest any other edit or correction." If you don't use this method of contacting me, then we will not be able to communicate. If you need a response from me, you must include your email address so I can answer you.
I will process edits through the FAG edit system. Please click on the "Edit" tab and choose the appropriate link to edit. I try to check every day to process edits.
I research most edits but not all, which can take me on a genealogical journey for documents, newspaper articles and family linking. If your edit does not match my information, I will decline your edit and please do not take the decline as a personal attack.
I cannot link children to parents if you created and are the manager of the child's memorial. You must do the linking through the self-edit system using the "relationship" link on the memorial.
If you have an obituary or other information you want to add to a memorial, click on "edit" and the "suggest any other edit or correction" put the typed obituary or other information in the little box and send it away. If you are sending me detailed census information for several decades, I ask that you please condense the info to basic information. If you do not condense the information, then I will. Thank you.
I add death certificates to memorials, which is allowed by Findagrave policy. While it is known that information on death certificates may not be completely accurate, the death certificate can tie family members together, prove parentage, burial location, alternate cemetery names and help descendants identify genetic causes of death. The death certificate is a valuable resource tool to researchers and family members who are looking for additional information. This especially applies to large, extended families that have multiple members all with the same names, and children are often linked to the wrong parents. The death certificate can help tremendously in this area.
Important: Dates on headstones do not always match death certificates. That does not mean that the date on the headstone is correct or that the date on the death certificate is correct. Most often the date of death on the death certificate is correct -- after all, the person who filled out the document usually does so as soon as the person dies. If the headstone looks newer than the year the person died, then consider the stone a replacement with errors. Birth dates are another story and I address this in the paragraph below. In addition, names on headstones also have spelling variations. We have to consider margin of error, phonetic spelling and illiteracy, or if nicknames or middle names were used as the first name.
Finally - names, parents, dates and burial locations on death certificates are not always correct. I attempt to research for accuracy of the information on available documents, headstones and newspaper articles. The best document for age accuracy is a birth certificate, bible or the first census a person appears on. Note that many times birth dates on documents are very incorrect because families did not always document the actual date of birth. People were poor and illiterate, babies were malnourished and the infant mortality rate was high. Sadly, some babies were never named before they died such as this little girl. Some babies were never wanted. If the baby survived, at a later time the baby was named, birth dates were estimated or guessed. That's why you may find siblings with birth dates that overlap one another.
VIRTUAL FLOWERS ARE A TRIBUTE TO THE DECEASED. DO NOT LEAVE MESSAGES OR PUT BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, OBITUARIES OR FAMILY TREES IN THE FLOWERS. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE FLOWERS ARE TO BE USED FOR. EVERY FLOWER THAT I FIND ON MY MEMORIALS USED FOR A PURPOSE OTHER THAN THAT STIPULATED BY FINDAGRAVE WILL BE REPORTED FOR REMOVAL.