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I grew up in Cabell County, West Virginia and most of my family have lived there since the early 1800s. I started researching my family history in 1984. I moved to Dallas, Texas in 1999 and returned to West Virginia in 2020.

Just because a name or date is carved in stone, that does not mean it is correct. People do make errors.

Maiden names are placed in parenthesis, Jane (Adkins) Smith.

Nicknames are placed in quotation marks, John "Big Red" Smith.

If someone named John David Jones went by his middle name David, then David is not his nickname and should not be placed in quotation marks. If all he ever went by in his lifetime was David, then put a note in his bio simply stating, He went by his middle name David. So simple, yet unfathomable to some people.

If an old grave stone does not give a birth date, only the date of death and age, then why not subtract the age from the year of death and add a year of birth to the memorial. Yes, the year of birth may be off by one year depending on whether the person died before or after their birthday, but still that is better than no date at all. Even a year of birth off by one year is helpful when searching through a list of 100 or more people with the same name or especially if you are using the year of birth as the search term, either born before or born after.

I would rather see a photo of an obituary than someone's transcribed version of it with typing errors that has been edited to "protect the living." Seriously??? It's an obituary, it was published in a PUBLIC newspaper or on a PUBLIC funeral home website. The obituary and the information within it is PUBLIC information.


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