My passion for research starting with a paper copy of our family tree that my Great Uncle Chips had given to us. He had been working on it for sometime prior to his death.
Due to the overwhelming response I receive from other users in helping me locate my ancestor's resting sites I have decided to volunteer my time for my local cemeteries. I am not a memorial 'hoarder' and my goal is to transfer ALL non-relative memorials I have created to those who are related to the deceased or further interested in genealogical research. I would love to see more people involved in the memories of their deceased family members and/or friends in order to preserve history and memories. That's what makes us who we are, those who came before us and the memories they left for us to hold dear to our hearts.
Quoting another FAG contributor and agreeing.
"I think it is a real shame what findagrave has evolved into. What started as a noble way to link people with graves of loved ones they could never hope to see, and with the generations that had preceded them, has turned into a game for some. Memorials have turned into a kind of "trading card", a competition of who can own the most memorials and post the highest numbers. What has been forgotten by many is that these were people, loved in life and death, not a commodity to be traded or owned. With my apologies to those that have pure motives. I hope there are more of us than there are of them".
Life is too short for me to be greedy about the pictures I take. You have my personal permission to use my photo contributions as you need or want.