L McKeown

Member for
3 years · 9 months · 21 days
Find a Grave ID
49361309

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TRANSFERS: Please feel free (and encouraged) to request transfers (for pretty much any reason, politely presented, regardless of 4-gen. status), as I am not related to any of the Reno memorials I have created. I do prefer you have a little history here (so I know you'll stick around). I'll see your request faster if you post it here (rather than via the "other suggestions" link), but don't forget to include the memorial number(s).

OBITS: If you are sending an obituary via "other suggestions," please provide the publication and date; also consider findagrave's guidelines that you "respect ... copyright [and] refrain from adding information about living people." If you are attaching a clipping, please cite the pub/date in the caption (and see my note at the bottom about "Reno Gazette-Journal").

BIO PROPER: Hi. I added my first memorials here in 2003 and then wandered off and did other things for a long while (and lost access to that account [46587254]). The next time I noticed findagrave, digital cameras, increased storage capacities, spreadsheet uploads, and other advancements had transformed it from a spot to enter information on a few relatives to something more a research tool than a scrapbook.

RENO CEMETERIES: I've been taking photos locally in Reno, Nevada, since December 2017. My emphasis is on fully documenting local markers. If you are photographing here and want to know what I have and haven't done, just ask.

EDITS: Thank you to those who submit edits to these memorials, both correcting and adding. In an effort to keep the memorials accurate (beyond what appears on the gravestone), I will accept your edit only if I can independently source the data. If I've rejected an edit and you have verifiable sources let me know. I have access to FamilySearch and Ancestry (but only the basic stuff, not international or newspapers).

OBLIGATORY RANT: I consider the gravestone info itself to be a valuable data point, so I don't change it to match other sources, but leave it as an accurate reflection of what's there [while adding other non-contradictory details from other sources, preferably primary]. I also don't add approximate dates, such as marriage and birth years based on the census, though I may include it in the bio section. Alas, so many databases have become just unsupported legends, edited to match people's theories: that's not to say they're necessarily wrong, just that it would be nice to know the data's origin. I'm annoyed that many Ancestry trees now cite findagrave as a source for things that don't appear on the gravestone. We add unsourced info to the memorial and then someone's tree cites that memorial to support that info: That's some frustrating circular logic.

HOW TO LOSE YOUR WORK: I do my best to photograph every marker, but of course have missed some. Frustratingly, findagrave has also lost many of my photos during uploading by flagging them as duplicates when they were not. (Painful lesson: If you think an upload failed, don't attempt to reupload on the same screen to check if it went through: It will say "duplicate" even if it's not there.)

PHOTOS: I did not start out an efficient photographer. At a certain point I decided to concentrate on photographing everything rather than spending time and grinding physical effort staging nicer photos that ended up being duplicates. I figured it was better to have an entire cemetery documented than have 1000 very pretty photos out of 30,000 graves. So if my photos aren't great (and I know some are just bad), that's why. Please consider, now that you know where your relative is, you can always do a photo request for a better look.

RENO CLIPPINGS: Just a note to say that Newspapers.Com will often give you an invalid source on Reno newspapers before 1983. Reno Gazette-Journal did not exist until October 1983. Your clipping from before then should be either Nevada State Journal or the Reno Evening Gazette (check your page image).

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