As for the Saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3
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Walking through a cemetery and reading the headstones has always been a fun hobby for my grown daughters and me, but Find A Grave has made it more of an "obsession". We live in North Central Ohio (aka "rural America"), so we get to see some long-forgotten stones in out-of-the-way places.
You may use any of our uploaded photographs of headstones, without prior permission, for all non-commercial purposes. Non-grave photos may not be used without specific and written permission.
Additional information is often taken from the deceased's birth, marriage and death records. Birth date is always calculated, using the age on the tombstone, when possible.
We GLADLY transfer memorials, as long as it isn't one of our relatives or some special stone which we've "adopted". Just ask through the "edit" button. We're working our way through Morrow County, Ohio, but have absolutely no family there. We'd love for these memorials to be in the hands of someone who will care for them.
If you take a better-quality photo than one which we've posted or just want the space back on your memorial, just let us know. We'll be happy to delete our photos.
We're having a blast! It's just the running, snarling dogs that we don't like . . .
REMARKS ON CALCULATED BIRTH DATES
In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I did not calculate birth years. However, having used Find A Grave extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.
If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.
If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.
Most deaths records contain some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.
I just finished a defunct cemetery here in Ohio. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?
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