Anita R. Austill

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There is no place on a memorial for an obituary.

This is what is on the find a grave site on adding obits and pictures.

Can I add a memorial from a newspaper obituary or other 3rd party source?
Find A Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record. We ask that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of copyright, refrain from adding information about living people, and respond generously to the family of the deceased. Find A Grave takes no position on the appropriate timing of submitting such indexes.

This means that you have to ask permission from the one that wrote the obit and every person listed in the obit if possible. Proper indexing. Just because you know how to copy and paste and list the funeral home does not make it legal.

I do not add obituaries to my memorials as Find a grave has rules
against it and because I do not own the copyright to them, or to pictures from the funeral homes. Adding obit and pictures breaks the copyright law, I do not want to be sued. If you did not write it then you do not have the right to copy and paste it to a memorial. Telling where it was published does not make it right either.

I do not link to unknown burials because if you have not found them in eons and ages you are not going to find them in a month and the fact that Find a grave has rules about unknown burials. Find A Grave's primary purpose is a grave registration site. If you don't know where the grave is, it does not belong on Find a Grave. Read this in the HELP section at the bottom of this page.


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