Do FindaGrave photographers make assumptions?

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Hello,

I'm trying to make sense between family "records" (no sourcing) and what I'm finding online.  I found this on Find A Grave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125481834

but I can't find any record of Jeremiah and Rachel having a son named William.  Are those details on Martha's gravestone (pictured above) or is the photographer assuming details based on other graves he found?  

Thank you!

ETA:  I found this page, which indicates that Jeremiah and Rachel had a son named Jeremiah, who had a son named William.  Oddly, for the grave note to be true, Jeremiah Jr would have married a Rachel, which was also his mother's name... making this all very confusing.   I'm going need a pencil and paper for this...
in Genealogy Help by Brandi Bates G2G2 (2.2k points)
edited by Brandi Bates

Brandi, I'd suggest to take all but what you see with your own two eyes as a Source, like Dates on the Headstones... you can see & enlarge the Images. 

With Sources here is the WikiTree standard: 

Preface: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jillaine's_Dream_Source_Help_Page & http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adding_Links . 

Proof Standard: http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/241796/do-you-use-the-genealogical-proof-standard .

There is a wikitree page in the Help Index I wanted to share w/ you but am having trouble just now finding it... here is another G2G Big link:

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/261512/question-week-when-realize-the-importance-sources-genealogy?show=261512#q261512

This is why wikitree.com has credibility & is one of the highest rated Free Genelogy sites. Enjoy! :)
Agree with JV.

We're not perfect, but we are good.

FAG can be quite accurate or not, depending on the person who entered the information and circumstances.

Good sourcing requires original documentation- we try. We correct. And then, with the help of each other, we try again.

4 Answers

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by Anonymous Vickery G2G6 Pilot (238k points)
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You have to be careful about all sources.  And even things written in stone aren't necessarily written in stone.  I was just working on the profile of Santford Albery-43. I used that spelling of his first name when I created his profile because it's spelled that way on his gravestone in large letters.  But having entered 9 other sources (7 censuses, his DC and a marriage record,) All of them spell it Sanford. so I suppose I now have to change his GNAB and have the Santford spelling as a varient, if prominent, one.  If I run across a birth record for him I might have to change it back, however, since not all sources are equal for a given fact.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (401k points)
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Yes, some find a grave people make assumptions.

Two names together on a headstone - husband and wife - common assumption, but not always true.

Find a grave people are often sent information from other ancestor hunters. They frequently are mistaken. Beware of the unsourced Find a grave bio. If they've listed a source, check the source.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Yes, I've see that happen. Once, the names listed on the stone were for father and son. They were linked as husband and wife!
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In general, some data on Find A Grave is fantasy and some is spot on. Each profile has an Edit tab, that you can use to send corrections and/or message the PM with questions, suggestions, etc

Specific to this Find A Grave memorial - here is link to a well sourced, full family tree by the same submitter:  http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=markm&id=I00819  He lists the records and books used, so should be possible to double check the accuracy.
by Patricia Roche G2G6 Pilot (347k points)

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