Find A Grave. I do a few at a time, usually later in the evening.
It was at Find A Grave that my first encounter of a weird kind happened. I was charging around the site, adding a few memorials and photos when I discovered that someone had made an entry for a 3rd great grandfather of mine. The information included a death place that did not agree with what I have, and it included a burial place, as in the name of a cemetery!
Well, I have done substantial research on this line, including looking at cemetery books, in fact, I believe I have been in this cemetery. If this 3rd was buried here, it sure would be a surprise. Having done enough research in my day, I also realize that there are surprises out there, just waiting to show me that I can always learn something new.
So, I contacted the submitter of the memorial and asked, sweetly, mmmm, what is the source of your information for putting this memorial online? His answer came a short time later.
His answer: Rootsweb.com.
Now, I love Rootsweb.com, but, gotta say, that answer surprised me. You know what happened next - - I surfed right over to Rootsweb.com, typed in the name of that 3rd great and started looking. My guess, correct too, was that it came off a WorldConnect family tree. Yepper, after a few false leads, I found the family tree, stating the place of death and that cemetery as a place of burial.
I am just curious enough about this death place and cemetery data that I filled out that stinking form, and am waiting to see if I am approved, am I good enough?? LOL
Meantime, I have some advice, my opinion, which you just know I am going to share, whether or not you want to hear it:
- Someone elses WorldConnect family tree entry is NOT what you should use to base a memorial at Find A Grave on.
- Get a web based email addy, like gmail, yahoo, hotmail. Don't expect others researching your family to fill out those horrid forms to get permission to chat with you. Use it for just that one purpose, keep your form protected email addy for everything else in your life.
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