I don’t feel as though I have done a complete job with an ancestor until I have found their final resting place. Of course I won’t be able to find a burial location for everyone in my file, especially the farther back in time I go. Even so, I do try. Find A Grave is a resource that I use all of the time.
Diane Gould Hall of Michigan Family Trails made a great suggestion on the Technology for Genealogy Facebook page. She uses Legacy’s User ID field to record the Find A Grave Memorial number. I decided to take it a step further and use this field to record everything I need to know about Find A Grave. Here are some screenshots of how I use the User ID field.
If I record a Find A Grave memorial number in the User ID field that means that not only does this person have a memorial, there is a photo AND I have permission to use the photo.
In the next screenshot I have a memorial number but it also says req. photo which means I have sent a request to have John’s marker photographed. You can see that I don’t have much info on him so a marker photo would be very helpful. I have his marriage record to his wife so I know his name and who he married (his wife is in my line). I have an approximate birth date based on when he got married. Someone has my John Green on Find A Grave but there is no photo so I have requested that one be taken. If you pull up the memorial for John you will see that the person included an obituary. I can’t use that obituary for a couple of reasons. It is not sourced and I have no way of knowing if the transcription is correct. Notice the green box in the screenshot. See the O next to the To-Do List icon? That means I have an open task. That task is tracking down the obituary. I have sent a request to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for the obituary to be copied off of microfilm.
In the next screenshot the word permission has been added. This means that Cassie has a memorial and there is a photo but I am waiting for permission to use the photograph. It is a copyright violation to download and use a Find A Grave photo without the consent of the photographer. Notice that I have all of the fields filled in and they are sourced. That is because I have her death certificate. I would still like a photograph of her marker.
Just to emphasize the importance of getting permission from the photographer here is a screenshot showing how I have downloaded a photo and attached it to my Legacy file. I give credit to the photographer both on the photo and in the citation.
And here is the citation:
Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 01 November 2013), Kizzire Jenkins marker, Memorial #36842743, photograph by Belford Carver.
I use Find A Grave as a source if and only if there is a photograph, never without.
Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis