Please suggest a correction on a specific memorial using the Suggest Edits tab. I welcome edits even if it's just a GPS, plot number, marker transcription or middle/maiden name etc. I like complete memorials.
Please don't make memorials on Find-a-Grave if you don't know where someone is buried. It just causes confusion. A lot of people only search a cemetery, on here, for a person's name. They don't search the entire Find-a-grave website and then they will not find your memorial without a cemetery location. This message now pops up on the new Find-a-Grave website if you attempt to do this:
"Find A Grave's purpose is to catalog and make available final disposition information. If burial information is unknown for an individual, Find A Grave is probably not the right place for their information. In rare cases, creating a Find A Grave memorial for someone with no burial information may be warranted, but these should be uncommon. If it is too soon after someone's passing for burial information to be known, please wait to create the memorial."
If you have any memorials listed with "Burial details unknown" or something similar please delete them all. Thank you. There are contributors out there searching cemeteries for stones and they should be the ones making the memorials not having to contact you to fix your error and add the cemetery.
Continuing to work on families buried in Orange, Mass. Also, I updated some of my old memorials at Greenlawn and Pine Grove Cemeteries in Templeton since they are mostly photographed now. I linked to memorials that did not exist when I created mine.
Discovered a new contributor dropped 200 photos onto Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon. She partially added them herself but most were transcribed by random contributors. It caused a minor mess. Many were duplicates the system didn't catch because of misspellings or from not using married names. I sent a bunch of edits that will hopefully be approved in 21 days (August 30th). Then I can work on merging a hundred plus memorials. Hopefully Find-a-Grave admin. will help me out.
Somehow I randomly started working the genealogy for the whole town of Orange, Massachusetts. At times I've been rapidly sending dozens of edits a day for family ties/date/names. I like finding out ladies' maiden names as well as any multiple spouses of ladies or gents. I appreciate the help from contributors, like James Bianco, Lizard and Karen Jennings, who so far have been on the receiving end of my linking madness.
I send a lot of edits. I just checked my numbers and I've had over 11,000 edits approved since the new edit system began. I try really hard, while using familysearch.org, to look at the original documents becomes I've found many errors on their website. A lot of the records are indexed by volunteers on the internet and mistakes do happen.
12/6/2017. I went and updated some of my very first pictures on find-a-grave at New Boston Cemetery in Winchendon, Massachusetts. I snapped all the stones with some sun. Some of the old ones were depressingly bad. Sorry about that.
Always feel free to post a "better" photo or a different angle.
I've lived in Massachusetts my whole life. Since 1988 I've been interested in my genealogy. I'm 25% Scottish, 12.5% Irish but I mostly descend from English families who came here 300-400 years ago. My immigrant ancestor, with the same last name, came to Massachusetts in the 1630's from France supposedly. I don't consider my self French, however, because it was so long ago and his genes have been watered down so much over the past 400 years.
If I did not have to work I would grow a big bushy red beard and buy a house with a porch. On that porch I would rock back and forth in my rocking chair, sporting a bad-ass kilt whilst learning to play the bag pipes....until I gave up 10 minutes later from being terrible at it.
If I was retired I would definitely travel the great continental 48 states in an RV searching out the historic landmarks of the USA. Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields would be on the list of places to visit. A 7th great-grandfather of mine was Gen. Artemas Ward (1727-1800.)
THE DOORS "The End"
Don't let me die in an automobile
I wanna lie in an open field
want the snakes to suck my skin
want the worms to be my friends
want the birds to eat my eye
as here I lie
the clouds fly by
Let me know if you need a transfer if you can add more bio info. Hope everyone gets out there and photographs some stones - that is the main reason this site exists. Thanks.
***SORRY, I DO NOT LINK TO RELATIVES THAT DO NOT HAVE A BURIAL LOCATION. This is Find-a-GRAVE after all. There are some exceptions of course: scattered ashes and the like, but even then, there could be a headstone somewhere.***
Please stop making memorials on this website if you don't know the final resting place for an individual.
Found this inscribed on a stone in Warwick, Ma.:
"Low in the ground my bed is made,
here in the dark alone I'm laid.
Depart my friends and let me rest,
I'm weary of this wilderness."
Found this on a find-a-grave profile:
Old Bones' profile poem"
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.