My memorials are updated as I find additional research. Numbers is not my thing - just enjoying what I am doing!
Thanks to each FAG contributor who checks their edits and links, so we can put all the family puzzle pieces together.
The only time I add an overview photo to someone's memorial is to show location which is a great help in finding a marker in a large cemetery or to add data on the photo caption. This is certainly not taking away from the time and effort of any person submitting memorials and photographs of grave markers. Years ago I submitted many poor quality photos, but too many to retake. Any photo is better than no photo at all; it proves the grave exists or at least there is a tombstone.
If you wish to maintain any memorial and plan to participate on this website making edits and links, contact me. My own direct line of family members, I will continue to maintain.
When I plan to go to several cemeteries, I take a photo of the entrance sign, so when I get home I will remember what cemetery each grave was located. I try to take a closeup of a tombstone for names and dates, then a full view of the entire tombstone and an overview of tombstones in the area in case I need to find it again. Often you will find relatives, especially the girls who have other surnames, buried in the same area or infants no one knew about. Look behind a tombstone to see if there are more family members buried there. Often there are graves on each side of a large monument in a family plot having flat grave markers of all the family members. In some large cemeteries, it is helpful to take a sign of the section/block to recall where the grave was located. Wish I had thought of all that when I first began FAG. Makes it so difficult to find a flat marker without an overview of where it might be located. I know that some FAG contributors only want one grave marker photo on a memorial, so folks can fill up the spaces with personal photographs. I have had wonderful comments from out of state visitors that knew exactly where I found a grave when I put overview photographs and section and block numbers. That may be the only trip these visitors ever make to the cemetery and without some extra help it might be a wasted trip when they find 20,000 tombstones and have no idea where to look. Just a thought, my friends! We are all volunteers and each of us have our own way of doing a memorial. Just a big 'ole THANK YOU for Find A Grave for providing this website.
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