Dolores J. Rush

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MY RESEARCH STYLE - FANS (friends, associates, neighbors): I research not only my ancestors, but also their FAN's, hoping to connect the dots (primary doc'uments) between them. And by the way, each of my memorials are works in progress.* See my tips below --

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GRAVESTONE PRESERVATION: Did you know in many states it is against the law to vandalize cemeteries, graves, or to deface tombstones? In Tennessee, for example, it is a felony. In Missouri, it is a class A misdemeanor. See Missouri Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).

However, when taking a photograph, please trim the grass around a tombstone with hand trimmers and brush it away with a soft bristle brush to get the best possible picture. While down there for both the trimming and photograph, record the name, dates, cemetery name and location on a clipboard. Very helpful when taking many photographs in one day.
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CALCULATING BIRTHDATES: When you see a tombstone with only the death date and age, use this handy tool to calculate their approximate birthday:

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DEATH RECORDS: can be found not only on gravestones, but also in the cemetery caretakers records
-- in area newspapers (death notices and obituaries). Anything older than 50 years from today's date is in the public domain as far as copyright goes.
-- Death certificates -- many states now have them online. Missouri Does! (1910 - 1966)
-- on USGenWeb Archives --
-- in Doctor/Hospital Records.
-- in Memorial Service Leaflets.
-- in Funeral Home/Mortician Records
-- in Ministerial/Church Records
-- in Coroner Inquest Records
-- in Probate records
-- in Published genealogies or scrapbooks at your local Genealogical Center or library
-- or in Family Bibles and Letters.

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LINKS: Yes, html links between memorials on Findagrave are allowed. I got this straight from one of the administrators of Findagrave (Marie).
So links between family members are possible even when you do not have a parent to connect them.
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CITATIONS: When citing sources on your memorials, please include the repository where the material was found, so others can look it up there also. Give credit where due.

For example:
Title of Article or Chapter. Author. Title of Book. Author. Publisher, City/State; Date Year of Publication. Volume (if there is one); Number (if there is one), Page Number. Repository: (source of material, where you obtained it, be it, a genealogical society library, Google Books, the National Archives, etc.).

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