Can someone explain use and abuse of Find-a-Grave please?

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What can I use Find a Grave for? What am I prohibited from doing with information found there?
asked in The Tree House by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (662k points)

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Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell has once again explained the ins and outs of legalese-- in normal human language. This time around the new revised terms of agreement related to using Find-A-Grave.

If you post information and photos TO Find-a-grave, you should read this.

If you use information FROM find-a-grave, you should read this.

Legal Genealogist on Find-A-Grave Terms of Use

answered by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (662k points)
selected by Sabrina Combs
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Someone (sorry I don't remember who!) posted a suggestion a while back that I've been using when I do find a grave.

=== Burial ===
[ memorial #64911402] in Rawlins Cemetery, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA

It's a bit more advanced than web 101, but replace
1. url
2. memorial # 64911402
3. cemetery Rawlins Cemetery, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA

with your ancestors data from their FAG page and it makes a nice clean link to FAG. Furthermore, if anything should ever happen to, aside from the Wayback Machine, you'll at least have the cemetery information saved somewhere.


answered by Carrie Quackenbush G2G6 Mach 7 (72.3k points)
edited by Carrie Quackenbush

Alternatively, if you're using FindAGrave as a source, you could create a citation. It would look something like this: 

Jack F. Blacksmith died 10 May 1972 and is buried at Rawlins Cemetery, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA.<ref>Lori Smith (contributor), [ Memorial #64911402 - Jack F. Blacksmith], (accessed 21 August 2014)</ref>

That's definitely a better storytelling format.

I citation-machined it for fun. smiley

Smith, Lori. "[ Jack F Blacksmith]." Find A Grave. January 30, 2011. Accessed August 20, 2014.

Edit: vvv agreed and changed. BEGONE cgi, back from whence ye came!

You whacky citation-machinist, Ms. Quackenbush!

(I'd just embed the URL into a link, though-- they're often really long and ugly)

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