barbdale_1 wrote: "But findagrave is about finding ancestors, whether or not the creator intended it to be."
Response: No, that's how *you* use it. Most of us use census as a means of finding relatives (or info about them at a specific moment in time) but it is not and never will be *intended* for genealogical purposes unless you manage to get the U. S. Constitution changed.
What the heck does this have to do with the constitution? I didn't say that is my only genealogy source, and I would not base a birth or death record on it. If it is not intended for genealogical purposes, why did the creator allow it to be linked to Ancestry? 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.
This is the statement from the Findagrave website:
Burial information is a wonderful resource for people researching their families (genealogists). Most importantly, visiting a gravesite is a way of keeping the memory of someone alive. We aim to create a comprehensive 'virtual cemetery' where loved ones can visit graves, leave flowers, etc. when they cannot do so in real life due to geography, finances or other circumstances. End Quote
I don't see all the ads, and never click on a web ad. I am not complaining about his using ads, I am just pointing out that he is not likely doing all this work for non profit. Whether you agree with that or not, that is my opinion.
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. They would gladly transfer a memorial to a family member if they didn't care about it.
If you are linking memorials with family members, that certainly is genealogy to me. There is no excuse to do linking that is inaccurate, or undocumented, or what purpose does it serve. Are you telling me that it is not intended for genealogy, so you can put any data you want on there?
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. 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.