I manage a lot of memorials on Find A Grave. Most of these are full cemetery surveys that I have done on people that I don’t know at all. Frequently someone will send me an email requesting that I update a memorial with additional information that is NOT on the marker itself. I don’t have the time to ask these people what their sources are nor time to double check the source and write a correct source citation so what I do instead is I list the person that emailed me as the source. I put the information in the bio section. I do NOT update the memorial with the added information. I make the memorial match the marker itself unless it is a person that I have researched myself and I have the proper sources. Here is an example of what I would add in the bio section:
“Per Find A Grave contributor Jane Doe (#123456789), J. A. Doe’s full name was John Adams Doe, his full date of birth was 01 Jan 1800 and his full date of death was 31 Dec 1851.”
Now the researcher can contact the person themselves and quiz them about their sources.
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