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Many of my memorials are for family or for shirt-tail relations − that is, relatives of relatives, and their relatives. Some are for people who interest me because they crossed paths with other people who interest me. Some are for people I know nothing about and have no apparent connection with. I found their names in cemetery records, or took photos of their gravestones while looking for other gravestones.

Genealogy has been a hobby since I was a kid, long before the Internet revolutionized it. I'm thankful to people in the pre-digital past who recorded gravestones that may long since have vanished or become unreadable. I have no doubt that Find A Grave will outlast many of the monuments it documents and outlive every one of its current contributors. Virtual flowers left on a Find A Grave memorial will not wilt or be swept away by groundskeepers.

Thanks to the work of everyone who has helped build Find A Grave − developers and members with contributions large and small − I have been able to locate graves I might never have found otherwise and see cemeteries I may never visit in person. I am in awe of members whose tallies soar into the thousands and beyond. I'm very grateful to those people who walk cemeteries, cataloging every headstone, and who spend long hours transcribing and uploading cemetery records.

If you request a transfer or if you have specific information you want corrected or added, please use the "suggest a correction" feature under "edit." Like everything on this site, it's very easy to use, and it certainly makes responding to it easier.

I will transfer within guidelines, of course. Outside of guidelines, feel free to ask. I may say yes, I may say no, or I may say not yet. "You can't take it with you" applies even to Find A Grave.

Thank you, Cousin Leona, for getting me hooked!

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