Please know that it may take time for a response to edits or messages.
Being a forensic anthropologist, geographer and having taught geology, I greatly enjoy the treasure hunt of genealogy. The many facets of chemistry are also close to my heart. If you have a document written in old German text, I may be able to help with it's transcription. Two of my favorite lifetime hobbies have been researching families for friends and searching (with divine guidance!) -- for years and using every resource available -- to finally reunite adoptees with their birth families. My norm at home is to have a steaming cup of licorice spice tea on my desk, Irish fiddle music playing in the background, and my sweet, snoring yellow Labrador with her chin on my chair. I seek fair winds and following seas.
Each GPS location edit I submit for a memorial page is verified by me to be accurate and coincide with the aerial satellite view of GoogleMaps, which takes the viewer directly to the gravesite. I have visited these locations in order to take grave marker photographs and determine GPS coordinates. Any other edits I submit for memorials are thoroughly researched, with source documentation saved and also sent via the Suggest A Correction (SAC) link with each edit I submit. This eliminates any guesswork.
You must use the edit feature within the memorial you wish to submit an edit for and cite your specific source information. This is in order to maintain each memorial as factual as possible for those family members and researchers in the years to come to be able to find the source of the information contained within a memorial.
Please help out your photo volunteers by obtaining the specific plot information from the cemetery office (if there is one) and adding it to your request. Some cemetery offices will only do look-ups for relatives; others will respond fastest to a relative who emails or calls the cemetery office.
GRAVE MARKER TRANSCRIPTIONS
Full transcriptions, which include all of the wording and a description of any symbol(s) on markers are are SO important! Why? Because grave markers (and even entire cemeteries) can disappear over time. Photographs can be lost. Web sites can lose their memory. The cloud can rain on us. But the most important reason is one most people never consider -- it is this: Many people who are blind or living with low vision are using the Windows text reading program, which reads text from their computer monitor, word-for-word, to them (Please do try it! All Windows operating systems come stock with this feature, and it's so easy to use!). If there is no text transcription of a grave marker on a memorial, those with vision problems are exempt from knowing what is recorded on the grave marker because they cannot see the photograph. A transcription takes only a few minutes to type and post; please take the time to transcribe the words and perhaps write a few words about symbols and/or any descriptive features of the marker at the time you post a photograph. Those few minutes taken now to transcribe and post may mean everything in the years to come.
My photographs and research are intended to be distributed freely, but NOT for profit. There is no need to give credit for using the photographs I take; you may also use any of the text from my cited research which I have posted on memorials, but, again, NOT for profit. Death certificates on any memorials which I manage are definitely welcome. I do not follow Find A Grave transfer guidelines, as I feel any relative, friend or serious researcher would be the best choice for maintaining a memorial with loving care.
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