Where does Find a Grave get its information?

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I did a Find a Grave search on my ancestor August Stock and found a match in Warrenton, Missouri, as expected. However the Find a Grave record listed his parents as Frederich Anton Stock and Louise Schmidt.

A record for Frederich Anton Stock was created in WikiTree last November. When this came up on my feed I contacted the profile manager because of the similarities to the Frederich Stock in my mother's records, including both had sons named August. We determined the two are actually different (settled in different parts of Missouri) and I see now that the profile for Frederich Anton does not list son August.

So where does Find a Grave get its information? And what can we do if it is wrong?

The link below is to my ancestor August.
WikiTree profile: August Stock
in Genealogy Help by Paul Kinney G2G6 Mach 1 (18.3k points)

7 Answers

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If the information on Find A Grave is wrong, there is a link on the memorial to suggest edits. Just as on WikiTree, Find A Grave has volunteer memorial managers that can correct the information.  You may have to join to submit an edit, but it is free.  Sometimes you are just submitting a link to parents or correct birth dates. So far I think every correction I have requested has been made.  You can also put a note on the WikiTree profile of your ancestor stating that the information on Find A Grave is not correct and that a correction has been submitted. You could do this either in the biography section or in the sources section.

In the Biography, it would be something like, "According to Find A Grave, August's father was Frederich, but this is incorrect according to his birth record." Then add the source citation.

In the Sources, you would just cite Find A Grave and put something in parenthesis explaining what is wrong, why it is wrong, and that you have requested a correction.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (858k points)
selected by Paul Kinney
this is a great answer... I'd up vote more than once if I could, but I'll let someone else press the golden buzzer :)
+11 votes
Well, Paul, the picture is the picture, and sometimes an obituary or a death certificate will be added, but a lot of what I see is just added information that may or may not be correct. It’s up to the person submitting the picture as to what is included. Sometimes, the research is astounding bad. And sometimes it’s spot on. When using Findagrave, tread carefully. Check the info against other sources to be sure what you’re seeing and reading is correct.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
+18 votes
Find-a-Grave gets its information from the same place WikiTree (or Ancestry, or any other genealogy site) -- from volunteers. And some volunteers are better at research than others.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (582k points)
+10 votes
Findagrave memorials are created by their members, just as we WikiTree members create WikiTree profiles. Some members may have source documentation for their data; others may only have oral or written family histories to support their data. Still others may not have any connection to the memorials they create; they may be cemeterists who create profiles for everyone in a given cemetery.

Each of their memorials is managed by an individual or group (usually whoever created the memorial). To correct erroneous data, you probably need to be a member; members can submit edit requests to the memorial's manager.
by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
+8 votes
Creator's on f-a-g usually do not give sources but you can ask on the memorial "Suggest"  box and they will sometimes get back to you. As for fixing the memorial you can only key in the "edit" box and hope they agree and fix it.  But f-a-g is not big in sources....good luck,  we can only make our wikitree  profiles  as accurate as we can with as many sources as possible.
by Carole Taylor G2G6 Mach 7 (75.6k points)
+3 votes
People get their "information" off the internet.  That's what it's for isn't it?
by Living Horace G2G6 Pilot (645k points)
+5 votes
Find-A-Grave members should be adding their information from a obituary obtained from a recorded source, I.E. the funeral home or local newspaper.  Although there is always a chance for a misprint, when I put information in Find-A-Grave, I usually cross-reference my information.

If a person is using information from Ancestry, they are not following Find-A-Grave rules, and they should be reported.

They are also required to post where their information came from.
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
Unfortunately, few seem to actually do that. I've dealt with couple that are total fiction for everything but what was on the stone. The data wasn't sourced and was completely wrong. I do try to report such memorials and they are usually still around a year later. I do start with the person who posted it first.
That is a shame, Doug. Find-A-Grave could be such a great genealogy source if it was strictly managed.

I have found that even the dates on the stones are incorrect sometimes.

I am sorry that you run into problems on their site.

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