I hope you enjoy Find a Grave
as much as I do!
I developed an interest in genealogy after a family reunion. It started with just my family, and now extends beyond. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined spending so much time in cemeteries photographing headstones throughout the United States.
Thank you to those of you who submit edit requests. Your time and effort is truly appreciated. No one can do this alone. I try not to decline any edit request without providing an explanation.
Following Find a Grave's naming convention minimizes duplicates and helps others find who they are looking for. Obituaries and headstones are not legal documents but they can assist you in creating a memorial. I forward, in bulk, all declined edit requests to Admin. Edit requests are not personal, so please don't take it that way.
A personal request to photo volunteers. The photo you take is likely to be the only one in existence, so please photograph with a quality camera that would produce a nice, clear image. Avoid over cropping as it's hard to tell if it's a flat headstone in the ground or a plaque on a wall. Photograph the entire headstone or monument, not just the engraving. It's okay to gently sweep off debris, however, cleaning or removing lichen is not allowed. Not all markers have weathered well, so do your best to get a good photo suitable for posting.
Enjoy your Find a Grave experience!