Sara

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47069894

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My edit guidelines as of 7 May 2017:

PLEASE READ....
You do NOT need to send your research sources for an edit immediately. If I cannot find vital records, a book entry etc. for an edit on my own from my research sources..I may occasionally ask contributors to send their sources for any and all edits. An entry from an Ancestry Public Family Tree is NOT vital record proof without research sources. Please send any vital record information or book reference on the edit tab under corrections. That way I can put it on the memorial page as proof of the changes. Thank you for your patience with this new policy.

-I will add your contributor's number to any edits that you send me. So that others will know the source of added information and can contact you with any further questions or research info.

**Please be kind and courteous at all times.**

Just because I sometimes need to vent:

27 Sept 2022...Here is a "problem message" from a contributor written on a photo request from 2015:
"I searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave. I have photographed and posted all the readable stones in the cemetery."

Do NOT believe this message!! It's ok to post that you could not find a photo request but don't say you have photographed all the readable gravestones in a cemetery.

Yesterday I posted 10 random and very readable gravestone photographs from a cemetery with the above message.

Please keep those photo requests coming!! Even if one gravestone photographer cannot find a photo request...another photographer may find it or take some random gravestone photographs too!!

6 Nov 2021...Here is another "kind and courteous" partial response from an angry contributor on declining their edits:
"So don't try to tell me you spent 2 days researching this. I have been researching the ------ Family for over 20 years as my 8th great-grandmother was a ------." (The family name has been deleted so as not to identify the contributor.)
This contributor does not accept messages from other contributors. This is fine but you must then always send your research sources because if we cannot find them, we cannot message you to ask. We are unable to find all research sources especially in unknown or never before seen books etc.
As of today, they have not sent any of their research sources!! I'm not hopeful that they will!!

6 November 2019..I received a note from a contributor that stated "I read your extensive rules on your page so I cannot comply with your strict rules. I found an Ancestry.com family tree that named his parents which you give no credence to so we will have to leave this little guy all alone because of your purist rules". I'm sure that this contributor would not want a memorial page for their ancestor to be filled with erroneous or wrong information and would only want verified and researched facts.

10 June 2018...I was asked by a contributor the following "May I ask you please to remove any reference to who-told-who what – these are memorials honoring the departed rather than genealogy references". Yet Find A Grave has asked us to do edits (often in the original cemetery entry much of this information is not included) adding/changing first/middle/maiden/last names, birth dates/locations, bio, burial information, marker transcription, internment notes, links to parents/spouses and death dates/locations. I will do these edits gladly but it sounds like we are adding genealogy references to me.

20 Dec 2017..Some contributors are really annoyed with my new policy...swearing that they are excellent researchers and their edits are absolutely, positively correct and fully researched....but we all make mistakes..me included. Unfortunately I have found incorrect dates, links to parents, birth and death dates/locations from some "absolutely, positively correct and fully researched" edits. So I will continue to occasionally request your research sources (and yes other contributors also request this) if I cannot find the research from my usual sources. If an edit is declined because of incorrect dates, names of parents unverified etc...please double check your sources before assuming that you are correct and I am wrong. Thanks again with your understanding as the goal is to have correct facts on memorial pages and not perpetuate incorrect information.

Good luck with your genealogy!!

My edit guidelines as of 7 May 2017:

PLEASE READ....
You do NOT need to send your research sources for an edit immediately. If I cannot find vital records, a book entry etc. for an edit on my own from my research sources..I may occasionally ask contributors to send their sources for any and all edits. An entry from an Ancestry Public Family Tree is NOT vital record proof without research sources. Please send any vital record information or book reference on the edit tab under corrections. That way I can put it on the memorial page as proof of the changes. Thank you for your patience with this new policy.

-I will add your contributor's number to any edits that you send me. So that others will know the source of added information and can contact you with any further questions or research info.

**Please be kind and courteous at all times.**

Just because I sometimes need to vent:

27 Sept 2022...Here is a "problem message" from a contributor written on a photo request from 2015:
"I searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave. I have photographed and posted all the readable stones in the cemetery."

Do NOT believe this message!! It's ok to post that you could not find a photo request but don't say you have photographed all the readable gravestones in a cemetery.

Yesterday I posted 10 random and very readable gravestone photographs from a cemetery with the above message.

Please keep those photo requests coming!! Even if one gravestone photographer cannot find a photo request...another photographer may find it or take some random gravestone photographs too!!

6 Nov 2021...Here is another "kind and courteous" partial response from an angry contributor on declining their edits:
"So don't try to tell me you spent 2 days researching this. I have been researching the ------ Family for over 20 years as my 8th great-grandmother was a ------." (The family name has been deleted so as not to identify the contributor.)
This contributor does not accept messages from other contributors. This is fine but you must then always send your research sources because if we cannot find them, we cannot message you to ask. We are unable to find all research sources especially in unknown or never before seen books etc.
As of today, they have not sent any of their research sources!! I'm not hopeful that they will!!

6 November 2019..I received a note from a contributor that stated "I read your extensive rules on your page so I cannot comply with your strict rules. I found an Ancestry.com family tree that named his parents which you give no credence to so we will have to leave this little guy all alone because of your purist rules". I'm sure that this contributor would not want a memorial page for their ancestor to be filled with erroneous or wrong information and would only want verified and researched facts.

10 June 2018...I was asked by a contributor the following "May I ask you please to remove any reference to who-told-who what – these are memorials honoring the departed rather than genealogy references". Yet Find A Grave has asked us to do edits (often in the original cemetery entry much of this information is not included) adding/changing first/middle/maiden/last names, birth dates/locations, bio, burial information, marker transcription, internment notes, links to parents/spouses and death dates/locations. I will do these edits gladly but it sounds like we are adding genealogy references to me.

20 Dec 2017..Some contributors are really annoyed with my new policy...swearing that they are excellent researchers and their edits are absolutely, positively correct and fully researched....but we all make mistakes..me included. Unfortunately I have found incorrect dates, links to parents, birth and death dates/locations from some "absolutely, positively correct and fully researched" edits. So I will continue to occasionally request your research sources (and yes other contributors also request this) if I cannot find the research from my usual sources. If an edit is declined because of incorrect dates, names of parents unverified etc...please double check your sources before assuming that you are correct and I am wrong. Thanks again with your understanding as the goal is to have correct facts on memorial pages and not perpetuate incorrect information.

Good luck with your genealogy!!

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