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A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.|
Please visit the memorial for my cheerful, inventive great uncle Tom Coffman.
Biggest Joys about Findagrave:
--Traveling to cemeteries and photographing grave markers;
--Personal satisfaction when my entries are researched, entered correctly, and nicely presented;
--Discovering burial and genealogy info on my own extended family;
--Helping others in their research; and
--Connecting with other Findagravers.
Biggest Headaches about Findagrave:
--Duplicate entries made by those who don't take time to perform a general search;
--Maiden names entered for children, unmarried women, and even men;
--Partial entry submittals (and subsequent duplicate);
--Multiple marriage names entered in surname field (please put name at time of death and explain other married names in bio or by links);
--Names entered all in capitals (shouting) or all in lower case (illiterate).
Critical Findagrave Improvements
Findagrave - We need a Dupe Checker tool so we can check:
--our own entries for duplicates,
--own entries against general database.
A million entries are being added every few weeks. It is tedious and difficult to check our own entries for duplicates once we get past about a thousand entries. The process to upload spreadsheet entries to a cemetery screens out lots of duplicates, but isn't effective for single entries. This Contributor Tool would help weed out millions of duplicates and spare us from receiving emails from others about our dupes.
Here's another suggestion. List the most populous 2-3 cities for each U.S. state at the top of the pull-down menu. Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Seattle (to name a few) should be at top of the list. Most of a state's population lives (and dies) in the dominant cities so make it easier for us and minimize needless scrolling.
Thanks to all out there who:
--are helpful, enthusiastic, and courteous to other volunteers,
--send me corrections, obits, links, and other information to add to my entries,
--check their own work,
--keep up with edits, corrections, and suggestions from other contributors, and
--provide newspaper or website citations for obits so others can use this info.
I typically respond within 24 hrs and consider transfers to remote family members as long as I'm not a relative or have a special connection to the individual. Thanks for all the messages I've received over the years. I like a tidy work space and remove them when requests have been completed.
Some of the Findagrave Cemeteries I've Been Honored to Commission
Let me know if you have any suggestions for the cemetery home page text.
Marana, Pima Co.
--Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery
--Marana Mortuary and Cemetery
Oracle, Pinal Co.
Oro Valley, Pima Co.
--Resurrection Lutheran Church Memorial Garden
Sedona, Coconino Co.
--Sedona Community Cemetery
Sierra Vista, Cochise Co.
--Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Tucson, Pima Co.
--Catalina UMC Memorial Garden
--Little Tucson Cemetery
--Rincon Congregational Church Columbarium
--Dove of Peace Luth. Church Mem. Garden
--Saint James UMC Memorial Garden
--San Xavier Cemetery
Yuma, Yuma Co.
--Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
North Dakota, USA
Ashley, McIntosh Co.
--Ashley Lutheran Cemetery
Bowdon, Wells Co.
--Bowdon Country Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery
Gladstone, Stark Co.
Glen Ullin, Morton Co.
--Glen Ullin Cemetery
Huff, Morton Co.
--Saint Martins Cemetery
New Salem, Morton Co.
--Saint Pius V Catholic Cemetery
Milton-Freewater, Umatilla Co.
--Milton-Freewater IOOF Cemetery
Villa de la Paz, State of San Luis Potosi
--Villa de la Paz Cementario
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