For those of you that are familiar with the Edit tab on Find A Grave’s Contributor Tools page, I had to decline two edits today. This is the first time I have had to do this. The two markers in question were from a cemetery survey I did many years ago. At that time I wasn’t photographing markers, just surveying them. The person wanted me to add information to the person’s name and dates that isn’t on the marker. If there is a photograph I will update the information and then put a blurb that “FAG volunteer #999999 states that John Q. Doe’s full name is John Quincy Doe and his full date of birth is 15 June 1858. Please contact #999999 for more information and their sources.” Since you can see what is actually written on the marker you can take any additional information with a grain of salt. I don’t mind adding it along with a disclaimer. However, if there is no photograph I don’t want to add any additional information that isn’t on the marker because then it is not clear what is on the marker and what isn’t. I could add a transcription of the marker (there is a place to do that) but it is easily overlooked, especially by beginners who will just see all of that great complete information and they will snag it as is. I did go in and update the bio section with the information the person gave along with his information but I did not change the name and date that was associated with the person.
A side note, when you use Find A Grave as a source it is the marker photo you are creating a citation for. If there is no photograph, I don’t use Find A Grave as a source. You can use the information the person typed into the Bio section as a clue but the evidence is on the marker.
*This is a photo I took of my grandparents’ grave. This isn’t the grave that is in question in the blog post. I just wanted to jazz up the blog with a photo.
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