barbdale_1 wrote: What the heck does this have to do with the constitution?
Response: You use the Census in your genealogy NOT the intended purpose (which was established in the Constitution). Does that change the purpose of the census? No. How you use the census (or Find A Grave) does not change the intended purpose.
barbdale_1 wrote: If it is not intended for genealogical purposes, why did the creator allow it to be linked to Ancestry?
Response: He did not "allow" Ancestry to link to it. Ancestry, like Google, uses a spider to "crawl" Find A Grave and created its own index.
barbdale_1 wrote: I realize he created the site because he likes gravestones, but that doesn't mean the site doesn't serve a different purpose for different purpose.
Response: Actually, he created the site because he likes to find the graves of famous people... Like the census, people use Find A Grave for genealogy but the purpose of the site remains the same: to record graves. From the Find A Grave FAQs
"What is Find A Grave?
Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience."
barbdale_1 wrote: When people are given credit for the memorials they have posted, and it is on every page with their name, that is making a big deal out of it.
Response: We contributors have NO control over the statistical information posted on our profiles! My name is on every memorial I create, but it doesn't like how many memorials I've created or how many photos/flowers I've posted so that portion of your statement is false. If we contribute to the database, our "numbers" grow in some way - there is no other way around that. More memorials mean more graves are being recorded, fulfilling the purpose of the site, and the site grows. Perhaps you think contributors should be limited to a certain number of memorials - which would be counterproductive to the site.
barbdale_1 wrote: They would gladly transfer a memorial to a family member if they didn't care about it.
Response: Let me guess, you've wanted discretionary transfers that you didn't get? It wasn't hard to figure out. Like I said, it is the people who want to collect every leaf in their tree who are hung up on "how many" memorials someone has.
barbdale_1 wrote: Are you telling me that it is not intended for genealogy, so you can put any data you want on there?
Response: I have no idea what point you are trying to make. A memorial is "complete", for Find A Grave's purpose, if it only has the name and the burial location. However, again, from the FAQs:
"The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it."
Adding *details* makes a memorial "meaningful".
barbdale_1 wrote: The original posters point was that Findagrave is not a nice place. In my opinion that is true - I have not looked at the boards at that site for years, because people are so nasty to each other.
Response: I've been on Find A Grave and in their Forums for nearly eight years. Generally, those who think the Forums are "nasty" tend to be those who want justification for their inappropriate behavior (i.e. duplicating) OR come into the forums complaining about the rules.
barbdale_1 wrote: I used to go to cemeteries to answer requests, but after not being thanked, and people being upset that I couldn't find a non existent grave, I stopped.
Response: I volunteer for a variety of things, such as at the local food pantry. I don't expect to be thanked for those efforts. I also don't let upset people who are disappointed due to unrealistic expectations bother me personally - water off a duck's back kind of thing.
barbdale_1 wrote: The original posters point was that Findagrave is not a nice place. In my opinion that is true
Response: You and the original poster are entitled to your opinions. Does that make it true or that Find A Grave should be listed under "Genealogy Scams"? No.