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mjshistory (#47447356)
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Bio Photo Retired and loving it. Now I finally have the time for history and research. Enjoy old cemeteries and photographing the markers.

I also spend many hours researching edit requests at local court houses, libraries, and online. I often find edit requests have errors and therefore decline as allowed by Find a Grave. If this is a problem for requestors, I transfer management to Find a Grave. The majority of edit requests are approved within the 21 day time allowed. No one benefits from memorials with erroneous information. If there are no grave marker photos, likely the name and dates have been added from an index or other source. If you are a family member and asking for a transfer, please state and explain your relationship.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donate their hours, photos, research and help to others seeking their missing family and friends.
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Karen Rogers
Paul and Willis Sorensen
Well, it's been a week and I am waiting for your proofs that you are right and I am wrong about my grandfather and his son.
You want proofs of everything, even when there are none. All I have is my personal knowledge. If you can't take my father's word and you don't accept census I am at a stand still.
If you wish to report me to find-a-grave, remember two can play that game.
But, I would still like to see your proofs, please. Karen (Sorensen) Rogers
Added by Karen Rogers on Feb 28, 2015 12:55 PM
Karen Rogers
Paul and Willis Sorensen
I didn't mean to upset you. I was just trying to get some answers. Since Paul was my grandfather I just wanted to add some information for others. No, I don't have concrete information except for the 1900 census of Eau Claire county. My grandfather was born in Denmark and died before there were death records. Willis (I have seen it as William) also died before death records. My father pasted in 1960, so there goes my primary source.
I just wanted to help someone out, I have Never had any of my information rejected before.
I was going to add Paul's parents, also.
As for the spelling, we are Danish, not Swedish. Often there are mistakes on tombstones, as you should know.
Would like to see your sources, please.
Karen (Sorensen) Rogers
Added by Karen Rogers on Feb 21, 2015 6:40 PM
Martin Norton and Margaret Barron
Thank you for all you do for everyone and what you have done for my family I live so far away from where my mother's family is from and if not for people like you I would never know the details you have provided so Thank You So Much
Added by DOROTHY STRATTON on Feb 15, 2015 10:58 AM
Earl Reid
Nell Rork
I also put photos on James' and Seth's pages.
Added by Earl Reid on Feb 03, 2015 5:43 PM
James Seidelman
Marion Bowe
Yes, it was in last year's obits. Also added her portrait. Thanks for letting me know.
Stay warm, it's got cold again...
Added by James Seidelman on Jan 30, 2015 11:57 PM
Daniel Gruen
Thank you for the info. I deleted my record for Mr. Gruen even tho I had made mine first, the other one had more information. Have a good evening and thank you for you work on Find A Grave. Debbie
Added by Debbie on Jan 28, 2015 4:05 PM
Leroy Higley
Tombstone pic
Thank YOU!!!. Great photo for Charles Veteran Marker. I appreciate your time, efforts and kindness.
Added by Leroy Higley on Jan 28, 2015 4:22 AM
Spydergal 2011
As a Find A Grave Volunteer the memorials you created are to help family members.
Find A Grave is now owned by they look at the information they provided to family to important. I am guessing that you are telling them they do not provide information to families who pay there money to get it to be true information.
I have sent you many updates for my family that you have declined.
I am now contacting Find A Grave direct for the updates. You are incorrect in your statements and by guidelines of Find A Grave and I am sure they will not hesitate to let you know.
Added by Spydergal 2011 on Jan 24, 2015 3:59 AM
Are we at war?
I'm sorry if offended you; I'm guessing that because I dared to object to U.S. census data being primary sources, you're now refusing to accept ANY changes I submit?

Middle names and nicknames are often found in family papers, such as private letters and court papers. I do not necessarily wish to share these private family matters with you, just to prove someone's middle name or maiden name.

Marcus Moore. He is listed as such on at least two different censuses, and in court documents. His birth date and place of birth are given in his obituary, which you obviously do not have in your possession, or you would have added the correct information to his woefully incomplete memorial.

It's offensive to me when I can't add information which I know to be correct, and by which other family members searching for our family history might find helpful in trying to locating them.

"Loisa Patrow". I don't care if you keep the last name as Patrow or Patrow- I've seen it both ways. Earlier records show it as Patraw, while later records show Patrow. I'm a stickler for original spellings, chalk that up to my training as a genealogist. But every single census and marriage record for her children list her first name as Louisa, which I'm guessing you simply misspelled when you put up the memorial. Why would you not change that, when clearly there is so much irrefutable proof that she NEVER went by the name "Loisa"? As for her last name, Bashaw, some of her children's marriage records have Bashaw and some have variants of it. What do YOUR records say? What kind of proof do you require if you don't accept census records? I know of no professional or experienced genealogist who wouldn't regard census records as a primary source!

Is that why you're refusing to link children/spouses/parents, as well? Or to accept the photograph of a monument for one spouse, but not the other, even when BOTH spouses are on the same monument, complete with birth dates and CORRECTED spellings? To wit: You have Delphine Moore on your memorial, but her monument clearly says Delaphine. Or don't you consider that a primary source, either?

I've reported you to Findagrave administration. I can only think that you're being petty because you feel insulted, but your bio was pretty insulting as to what YOU accept and don't, and the hoops we must all jump through to satisfy you. I'm all for documenting sources, but when you refuse to accept documented sources because you don't like them, or because they came from, etc., well, that's just petty.

I'm not trying to be rude. Findagrave is supposed to be a help to finding our ancestors and hopefully, to provide more information than what we might already know. But when you purposely prevent accurate information from being added, and instead keep the memorials in an inaccurate or incomplete state, you aren't helping people looking for answers - you're putting a stumbling block in their path. And as someone who's been researching family histories for over 20 years, I find that egregious.

I do hope you'll reconsider your behavior. Thanks.
Added by kentuckywoman2 on Jan 22, 2015 11:15 PM
Census records
I've been a genealogist for many years and actually, census records are considered primary sources. :-)

I've been trying to edit erroneous information for my family members on some of your memorials, as well as add information to make these records more complete and more accurate, but none have been accepted thus far.

I'm not sure what you consider a "primary" source when it comes to linking family members, since census data is a considered primary source by genealogists....

Some of our family information is also contained in private family papers and family bibles. Most of us do use, and we know how to verify sources. Even so, sometimes even the best of us make a mistake.

We would appreciate it if you would allow us to make these corrections to our family members, as we don't wish to create duplicate memorials for our family members...but we do strive to provide others who are searching the most complete and accurate information possible.

We're unclear as to what, exactly, you demand in the way of evidence.... Are you saying that you won't accept any evidence of birth, death, marriage, etc., unless we provide you with a certificate? Sometimes that is just not possible, as none exist. And sometimes, they can be considered secondary sources, as well.

We're a tad befuddled, but again, we don't wish to create duplicate memorials, so I hope we can work together on this.

I've been trying to upload a headstone photo to my 1st cousin 3x removed, and for some reason, can't do it, even though I added it to his wife earlier - it's a shared monument.

I look forward to hearing from you. I manage memorials myself, so I know it can be daunting...and you have almost 20,000! Well, as I said, we all look forward to hearing from you.


Added by kentuckywoman2 on Jan 22, 2015 7:37 PM
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