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Eric

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Bio

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.

Death Certificates are not always 100% accurate. They are only as accurate as the knowledge of the informant allowed.

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.

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.

Found the following information in the bio of member #47618769.
I recently heard from another Find A Grave contributor that adding obits to a memorial is OK now. They received the following from a Find A Grave Administrator. "Since the move to Ancestry and the new website, newspaper obituaries, death certificates and other scanned documentation is 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."

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.

Death Certificates are not always 100% accurate. They are only as accurate as the knowledge of the informant allowed.

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.

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.

Found the following information in the bio of member #47618769.
I recently heard from another Find A Grave contributor that adding obits to a memorial is OK now. They received the following from a Find A Grave Administrator. "Since the move to Ancestry and the new website, newspaper obituaries, death certificates and other scanned documentation is 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."

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