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to a particular listing.

When you use my message board, it puts extra work on me to look it up and I just do not have time to do it. If the edit feature is used it takes me directly to the memorial and there is no confusion.
I appreciate the information shared with me and do my best to get it added promptly with a link to the contributor that sends it. That way, if there is a question that arises later, the person sending the edit can be contacted.

Double check the accuracy of information you send please.
There is a lot of wrong information floating around out there because of people guessing or assuming what should be there.


Contributor Judy Young in Springfield, MO had the directives below from Find a Grave posted on her profile and I thought they were very well put and were what the administrators have followed for many years. I have copied and posting them for others convenience. THANK YOU JUDY!!

Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memorials
If a hyphen, period or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial. Suffixes, Prefixes, Titles, or honorary do not belong in any Name Field.

First Name
First name of the deceased. Put the entire first name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial. Do not include titles or other prefixes in the First Name field.

Middle Name
Middle name of deceased. Put the entire middle name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial.

A familiar name of the deceased, if known; the nickname is automatically placed in quotes. A nickname is different from the real name (first or middle).

Maiden Name
Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank); the maiden name is automatically italicized and is only used if the individual was married and took the spouse's last name as their new last name. If the deceased was never married, then the last name is placed in the Last Name field, NOT in the Maiden Name field.

Last Name
Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings, place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

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