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 ===
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64911402 FindAGrave.com memorial #64911402] in Rawlins Cemetery, Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA

It's a bit more advanced than web 101, but replace
1. url http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64911402
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 findagrave.com, aside from the Wayback Machine, you'll at least have the cemetery information saved somewhere.

Results: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Blacksmith-30

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), [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64911402 Memorial #64911402 - Jack F. Blacksmith], FindAGrave.com (accessed 21 August 2014)</ref>

That's definitely a better storytelling format.

I citation-machined it for fun. smiley

Smith, Lori. "[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=64911402 Jack F Blacksmith]." Find A Grave. January 30, 2011. Accessed August 20, 2014.

http://www.citationmachine.net/chicago/cite-a-website/create

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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