I have told you before how important it is to request photos for anyone on F-A-G that you are researching if there isn't a photo already. Here are some examples why. I requested 15 photographs of grave markers at the Rachels - Screws Family Cemetery in Jefferson County, Georgia. A wonderful volunteer photographer named "Platypus" went out and got all my photos for me. Out of the 15 requests there were 4 errors found when the photos were compared to the information on the memorials. That is a pretty high error rate. If there is no photo, I do not use Find-A-Grave as a source.
These are all simple data entry errors which are very easy to make. I will be sending the person managing these memorials a request for an edit.
- John Amos Dukes
John's date of death is listed as 19 Aug 1916 on the memorial. The marker photo shows a date of death of 09 Aug 1916.
- John I. Rachels
The memorial has John R. Rachels, the photo has John I. Rachels.
- Infants of John R. and Katherine W. Dukes
The memorial has Infant Dukes, the photo shows Infants meaning more than one child.
- Fairy Bell Screws
The memorial has Ferry Belle Screws. The marker has Fairy Bell Screws.
Always, always, always request a photograph if there isn't one.
Copyright © 2012 Michele Simmons Lewis