Tom Nelson

Member for
14 years 1 month 30 days
Find a Grave ID
47054245

Bio

I'm a retired federal employee who fell into doing some online family research for a friend of mine - a McKenzie - and now I'm in so deep I can't get out! Most of you probably know the feeling. But it's a harmless obsession which I enjoy so I'll stick with it until I pull out the rest of my disappearing hair. I try to post most of my findings on Find A Grave so if you're interested in the McKenzie family who settled in central Missouri after emigrating from North Carolina via Kentucky, just scroll down and enter - mckenzie - in the "Last Name" box and take a look!

As for my own family, some surnames would be Fallas, Fallass, Bray, Oechsli, Mills - all of those in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 - and, on the Swedish side, Nilsson and Waldemarsson in the province of Skåne län.

See here for some interesting information about the Find A Grave name fields: https://news.findagrave.com/2021/04/22/searching-by-maiden-name

A note about obituaries:

"Regarding obituaries added to memorials, shared with permission from Sherlock's Cousin, Contributor #47232933:
I contacted Findagrave and this was their response." "Greetings... Since the move to Ancestry and the new website, newspaper obituaries, death certificates and other scanned documentation are allowed. We encourage members to move the images down to the bottom of the photo display so that they are not the first thing you see when viewing a memorial page.
Thank you, Find a Grave Administration"
Taken from this contrubutor's profile: https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/47159257# and this one, as well: https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/46575222

I sent the following note "declining" another member's - 50228812 - suggestion that I "correct" what was shown as a "maiden" name:

"Greetings,

Find A Grave is currently reassessing the "rules" for the "name" fields. Please visit this discussion:

https://news.findagrave.com/2021/04/22/searching-by-maiden-name

In cases where someone's name at birth is ENTIRELY different from the one they used during their lifetime - such as with folks who leave the "old country" for a "new" one - I will oftentimes use the entire "foreign name" as a "maiden" name in order to assist family from the "old" country to find their relatives in the "new" country. And I think that FaG is going to change the rules on this. So maybe we should wait to see what happens in the near (?) future.

And this will explain why I am also declining your suggestion on the memorial for my grandmother Matilda (Waldemarsson) Nelson.

But thanks anyway for contacting me about this.

Tom in Kansas City, Missouri"

Note: I am well aware of the current "rules" concerning the naming conventions for Find A Grave. However, these are reportedly "under review" which is why I have deviated from those rules on rare occasions; particularly as regards immigrants to English-speaking countries when the name at birth is substantially different from the "new", anglicized name. And I do this without, of course, regard to gender. The current rules can be found here: https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Naming-Memorials#memname

This is a rather odd memorial with an even odder name: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192415894/original_find_a_grave

From the Wikipedia page for Find A Grave: "In March 2017, a beta website for a redesigned Find a Grave was launched at gravestage.com. Public feedback was overwhelmingly negative. Sometime between May 29 and July 10 of that year, the beta website was migrated to new.findagrave.com, and a new front end for it was deployed at beta.findagrave.com. In November 2017, the new site became live and the old site was deprecated. On August 20, 2018, the original Find a Grave website was officially retired.

Memorials for those who are recently deceased
https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Memorials-for-those-who-are-recently-deceased

Relatives and Transfer Guidelines
https://news.findagrave.com/relatives-and-transfer-guidelines


Requests to Manage Memorials
https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Request-to-Manage

I'm a retired federal employee who fell into doing some online family research for a friend of mine - a McKenzie - and now I'm in so deep I can't get out! Most of you probably know the feeling. But it's a harmless obsession which I enjoy so I'll stick with it until I pull out the rest of my disappearing hair. I try to post most of my findings on Find A Grave so if you're interested in the McKenzie family who settled in central Missouri after emigrating from North Carolina via Kentucky, just scroll down and enter - mckenzie - in the "Last Name" box and take a look!

As for my own family, some surnames would be Fallas, Fallass, Bray, Oechsli, Mills - all of those in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 - and, on the Swedish side, Nilsson and Waldemarsson in the province of Skåne län.

See here for some interesting information about the Find A Grave name fields: https://news.findagrave.com/2021/04/22/searching-by-maiden-name

A note about obituaries:

"Regarding obituaries added to memorials, shared with permission from Sherlock's Cousin, Contributor #47232933:
I contacted Findagrave and this was their response." "Greetings... Since the move to Ancestry and the new website, newspaper obituaries, death certificates and other scanned documentation are allowed. We encourage members to move the images down to the bottom of the photo display so that they are not the first thing you see when viewing a memorial page.
Thank you, Find a Grave Administration"
Taken from this contrubutor's profile: https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/47159257# and this one, as well: https://www.findagrave.com/user/profile/46575222

I sent the following note "declining" another member's - 50228812 - suggestion that I "correct" what was shown as a "maiden" name:

"Greetings,

Find A Grave is currently reassessing the "rules" for the "name" fields. Please visit this discussion:

https://news.findagrave.com/2021/04/22/searching-by-maiden-name

In cases where someone's name at birth is ENTIRELY different from the one they used during their lifetime - such as with folks who leave the "old country" for a "new" one - I will oftentimes use the entire "foreign name" as a "maiden" name in order to assist family from the "old" country to find their relatives in the "new" country. And I think that FaG is going to change the rules on this. So maybe we should wait to see what happens in the near (?) future.

And this will explain why I am also declining your suggestion on the memorial for my grandmother Matilda (Waldemarsson) Nelson.

But thanks anyway for contacting me about this.

Tom in Kansas City, Missouri"

Note: I am well aware of the current "rules" concerning the naming conventions for Find A Grave. However, these are reportedly "under review" which is why I have deviated from those rules on rare occasions; particularly as regards immigrants to English-speaking countries when the name at birth is substantially different from the "new", anglicized name. And I do this without, of course, regard to gender. The current rules can be found here: https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Naming-Memorials#memname

This is a rather odd memorial with an even odder name: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192415894/original_find_a_grave

From the Wikipedia page for Find A Grave: "In March 2017, a beta website for a redesigned Find a Grave was launched at gravestage.com. Public feedback was overwhelmingly negative. Sometime between May 29 and July 10 of that year, the beta website was migrated to new.findagrave.com, and a new front end for it was deployed at beta.findagrave.com. In November 2017, the new site became live and the old site was deprecated. On August 20, 2018, the original Find a Grave website was officially retired.

Memorials for those who are recently deceased
https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Memorials-for-those-who-are-recently-deceased

Relatives and Transfer Guidelines
https://news.findagrave.com/relatives-and-transfer-guidelines


Requests to Manage Memorials
https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Request-to-Manage

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