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R.W. Emerson

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R.W. Emerson has retired from Find a Grave. Their enthusiasm for cemeteries and willingness to help future generations lives on through their contributions to Find a Grave. The management of their memorials has been transfered to Find a Grave.


Find A Grave needs to find a way to police these folks that run around creating duplicate memorials sometimes months and years after they've already been memorialized. When you let them know, they ignore you or refuse to take theirs down.

Then there are the folks who require more evidence to process an edit than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" necessary in a court of law. First hand knowledge of a person or second hand knowledge from a family member gets shot down and declined by the memorial gatekeeper; someone who didn't actually know the person, but who happened to be the one that created the memorial because it's their hobby. The ones who guard their sacred number, because they don't really have anything else important in their lives. When I create memorials (even ones of direct family members), I transfer them to Find A Grave afterwards (#8). Because this isn't about me. It's about honoring those that have departed and helping others that are researching their families. Any information I have added or any photos that I have provided can be used by anyone without my direct permission. As far as I am concerned, they are in the public domain.

I endorse familysearch.org because they provide large amounts of information and original image documents free of charge. I am a long time user of ancestry.com; however, they require monthly/annual membership fees. Since they acquired Find A Grave, I assume it'll only be a matter of time before it is no longer free of charge.


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