Personal: Born in Florida. Grew up in Indianapolis. U.S. Army (1964-67). Married 50 years; now widower. Retired. Living in Onondaga Co, NY, near Syracuse, since 1967.
Academic and Professional: BSJ, MSJ, Northwestern Univ; PhD, Syracuse Univ; post-doctoral MSL, Yale Law School. Instructor, Defense Information School (DINFOS), 1964-1967; Professor, Syracuse Univ, 1967-2011; Professor Emeritus, 2011 to date.
Quote from the Find A Grave FAQs (rules): "Death certificates may be added." That quote is a cut-and-paste from an earlier version of the FAQs, apparently subsequently deleted. However, the principle is reaffirmed in 2021 "Common Questions" found in F.A.G.'s HELP section, where it specifically defines "Other" types of photos that may be added as, "A document or record related to person." If you're a trust-but-verify kind of person as I am, you'll want to look for yourself at https://support.findagrave.com/s/article/Types-of-Photos
If you send a message asking me to ignore F.A.G. rules because your personal preference happens not to agree with the rules ---- for example by asking me to delete an image that's within F.A.G.'s allowable images and relates directly to the person being memorialized ---- please state why you think I should disregard the rules (something more persuasive than "I prefer" or "I don't like"). And please be sure you're accepting messages so that I can reply after I've given your request the attention it deserves.
I try to make memorials as complete and accurate as possible, particularly when images of old records are in the public domain. Public records (marriage records, death records, etc.) -- just like tombstones and family bibles and "what my grandmother told me" -- sometimes contain errors. But we need to see the records if we're going to judge whether they are right or wrong. [If you doubt that seeing images of the original records is important, check out F.A.G. memorial 226471890 for John Stewart; you'll find two 1880 census images for the same family -- one showing him as age 34, "Days Works," born KY, and the other showing him as age 29, Butcher, born OH.] Even though some of us might be distressed that public records are revealing, there's a reason they are public, and wishing won't make them secret again, just as you can't "unring" a bell. Let's follow the F.A.G. rules.
Why the seal of The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany? As people increasingly have pointed out, many of us were taught in school that America was created by 13 English colonies. Too many people forget that the Dutch colony of New Netherlands existed for decades before the English took over in 1664 and renamed it New York. Most American universities have no "Dutch Department" to focus attention on the achievements of New Netherlands and its settlement at New Amsterdam (today's Manhattan).
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