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As for the Saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

I work with quite a few pre-1752 memorials, and all dates will be converted to New Style dating (i.e., January 1703 will be listed in the memorial as January 1704, with a note in the bio section marking 1703/4).

If you would like us to add/edit info on a memorial, please include the sources for your information in a separate note sent through the individual memorial. Please don't send links. You just have to explain the name of the source (e.g., state death cert, Family Bible, Last Will, etc.). Family trees, one-name projects and google genealogy sites are NOT sources of information, unless they have SOURCES noted.

Contrary to popular current belief, people moved around (relocating and/or visiting) as much as we do now. Just because someone was born or died while their parents were living in, let's say, Philadelphia, it doesn't mean the child was born there. Also, BIRTH LOCATION is just that -- a place for the location of birth! It does not mean where the parents were living during the census years (or even at the time of the baby's birth, as explained above). It doesn't even mean where the parents' farm or house was. It means WHERE the baby was born! Same goes for death. Please don't ask me to add birth or death locations unless you can send me your source of information.

Ohio Memorials: Before suggesting changes for birth and/or death locations, please do a quick check into the year of formation of the county. For example, Morrow county in Ohio wasn't formed until 1848, so trying to say that the 1802 or 1834 birth location is Morrow county is inaccurate and will be declined.

Linking to BURIAL UNKNOWN will be declined every time.


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, but will always be marked as such.

Depending on the reason for your request, we GLADLY transfer memorials, as long as it isn't one of our relatives or some person special to us. Just ask through the "edit" button (and don't forget to give us your member number). Please don't ask for entire families or cemeteries, as we're still pretty good at making most documented/sourced edits on a daily basis and really don't mind doing it at all.

If you take a better-quality grave photo than one which we've posted or just want the space back on your memorial, please let us know. We'll be happy to delete our grave photos in lieu of better ones.

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." or "Birth year inferred so may be off a year." 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 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 used to mention that you calculated the date.

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, death certificates and newspaper obits (worldwide), all info needs to be double-checked before you use it, 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?

P.S. In the same vein . . . If it's a wife that I'm creating a memorial for, she will always get the prefix of "Mrs" in front of her name. Helps a ton in looking through pages of search results. Please don't ask me to remove the prefix.

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