Canadian with German parents from Silesia and Transylvania (more on my genealogy website at Rootsweb, https://sites.rootsweb.com/~bgwiehle/ )
My Find-a-Grave contributions focus on memorials with family connections in Canada and USA, and adding memorials and photographs for local cemeteries in West Elgin and Stratford.
West Elgin (Ontario) Cemeteries - http://sites.rootsweb.com/~bgwiehle/can-usa/cemeteries/westelgin.htm
Re: Avondale Cemetery, Stratford ON
• All sections photographed; will check for new interments and changes at least once a year
- Other Projects: "Avondale Notables" (locally significant persons, but not necessarily famous by Find-a-Grave criteria; see virtual cemetery), "Misc Military" (see virtual cemetery), various surnames
• 2021 In-Progress (Spring)
- Section reviews starting soon, considering weather and lock-downs. Research on infant burials.
- Research at the archives limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.
--- Current total of 60 memorials with no grave photo. Reasons vary: 2 wrong cemetery and correct cemetery unknown, 53 unmarked graves with plot location uncertain, and 5 cremations not (yet?) inurned at Avondale - no marker, no database entry.
- Next review and update of all sections in Spring & Summer 2021.
• Note 1: I use the Avondale cemetery database as the source for plot identification. However, there are several reasons for deviating - subsections, errors, multiple markers, omissions - which should be appended to the plot text or marker location. Omissions ("not in cemetery database") are problematic, as they may be due to database errors or name changes (that is, present in database, but not yet identified) or actual burial elsewhere. [FYI The burial register, 1871-1924 accessible at the Stratford-Perth Archives, uses the same section and lot numbering].
• Note 2: When an obituary is still available on an online newspaper or funeral home site, I prefer to just reference a text url. This method (1) respects copyright, (2) does not require me to modify the text to remove the names of the living, (3) does not create an actual clickable link to an outside website, but (4) still provides a source for information used on the memorial and (5) a way for interested visitors to obtain more.
If the online link is defunct, or I've transcribed the obituary from microfilm, I consider enough time has passed that the text can be presented in full, and the source is still credited.
• Note 3: I include full* transcriptions on my memorials. I do this because 1) it provides accessiblity to photo content (regardless of whether the issue is with the visitor, the interfaces or the photo itself), 2) full context may be important, 3) I had to prepare it for extraction to other fields anyway. Exception: pre-need text is omitted. Format (/ instead of line breaks) follows cemetery transcript conventions; this is necessary both for spreadsheet submissions (at memorial creation) and for downloading to spreadsheets. (Otherwise the line breaks truncate the text or cause errors). *I do try to avoid unnecessary repetition.
Memorial owners: Please leave a message or send an email if you want my source(s) for corrections I've suggested. The automated set-up makes updating very easy, but communication of details is limited. Please let me know if child links are duplicated when cenotaphs or military memorials are attached to my memorials for the parents.
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