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FINDAGRAVE is a COLLABORATIVE website; Collaboration is working with each other to do a task and to achieve shared goals. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals.

All of the work on findagrave is done by volunteers. Keep in mind that info may not be correct, just as death certs, cemetery records, and tombstone info don't always match. Then again, it's nice to have a date, than none at all. I take the dc date as the correct date.

When I type up an obit out of an old newspaper, I always included the sourcing..including that I transcribed it. This is the way I learned genealogy many years ago. Why?
Because I really don't care for others to take credit for my work; what do I mean by that? The millions of memorials that have had nothing but year dates and a name added, and all the other info is provided by someone else, while the memorial manager refuses to transfer and takes credit for the work.....AND.. wait for it.. I have NO idea why anyone would feel the need to; or want to; claim copyright on a tombstone pic they took for a volunteer site. 'tis the same dang thing.. when I was a kid, my mom drug us around to cemeteries to take pics to share through genealogy.. it's quite interesting how things have changed since back then.

Checking out findagrave? Sending an edit? See a memorial with no grave photo? PLEASE click the request photo button if no marker photo and no notation that it is unmarked. THANK YOU!

Additions and corrections are always welcome. I have permission from the local newspaper to post obituaries.

It is NOT about the #'s. It's about documenting final resting place so family members can be found easier in the future. Someday, the family member who has been in charge of research and family archives will die, and their “stuff” may—or may NOT—be special to the next generation. If that next generation decides to put those boxes on the curb for the garbage man—that’s it. It’s gone. Forever. But if you scan, share, post, and label, it will live on. Forever; It won’t matter who found it, who owned it, who had it first. It will matter that it was preserved.

Please feel free to copy pics I post on either findagrave or ancestry. I scan & post my family photos for family members can have pics that they might not have. I also buy portrait pics at antique stores, scan them and add to findagrave and ancestry; ask me if I still have the hard copy.

There are way too many un-cooperative memorial managers on findagrave; whether it's requesting that a duplicate memorial be deleted, a within-guidelines transfer or you want to add a bio, these members refuse to transfer, add bios or obits. IF you run into one, please report them to; also send bios to admin asking them to add it. For all of you who are guilty of this. Please go to the forums; you will get to read about many issues, and admins response.

I would like to state that if a contributor refuses to accept sacs, edits, and bios submitted to memorials under their care, perhaps they should be transferring them, even if it is out of guidelines, instead of refusing to add the info. This simple little thing would go a long way in reducing duplicate entries, and some of the negativity that is on here. It is so very laughable, the stories I hear from family members that are frustrated that a contributor refuses transfer of their family member, or add info they send, without full documentation. When the family member requests admin adds the info, which they do, then the memorial creator goes back and deletes it?? WTH? just transfer it! It is not your family.

All un-kind messages get forwarded to findagrave admin.

For edits sent to me, if I have a question for you but you have disabled your message board, do not respond to messages sent via the Suggest A Correction method or do not provide an email address as a means to contact you, then I will decline your edit. Communication is a two-way street. When you do send an edit, I will accept it, then research it by looking up the obit or death cert.

Recognize online nitpicking, unjustified criticism or faultfinding for what it is: harassment and bullying. Report it to FindAGrave. There is no reason anyone should hound or harass you. If you are threatened or harassed, take online screenshots or snips to document incidents and forward them to FindAGrave or your local authorities without haste.

Findagrave admin can see all messages that have been posted publicly or sent privately via the edit tab, even if they have been deleted.
Many believe that the marker transcription field needs to stay blank if you can read the marker. You may be able to read it today, but how about 20, 40, 60, 100 years from now? I always fill in all the blanks IF I can. Marker transcription does not include name and date..

Use the Edit System, that is why it is there.

Please do NOT add scanned obits to memorials under my care. Click edit and send other correction; send me a link to the obit and I will transcribe it. If you see memorials that I have added scanned obits to in the past, please click edit and send me a note. Thanks so much.

Kerry Rae Smith Moser

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