Ellen Marilla Townsend Starr
wife of 2nd cousin 5x removed of husband
Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois
Last week I had two different interactions on the Find-A-Grave website. Over the past several days I started thinking about how these diametric practices travel throughout the genealogical community.
The first response came from a Find-A-Grave volunteer for the memorial for my husband's 5x removed cousin. I made a request for possible transfer to my account to add links and other pertinent information.
About a week later I received the message the researcher does not transfer memorials. The reasoning being to maintain the integrity of the information on the website. She stated I could send whatever data and she would consider adding to the memorial.
The second response was an opposite as you could possible encounter. The initial request to this volunteer was for a photograph for several of my husband's Starr family members. Imagine my surprise when I opened my email to discover nearly 20 Starr memorials transferred to my account!
I found the two diverse responses to my requests very intersting. One with the main focus of accurate dissemination of information. The other freely sharing with fellow researchers all they have discovered.
While preparing to write this post I thought about what my "school of thought" has been since becoming active on Find-A-Grave website. Looking back I discovered many times I feel somewhere in the middle.
There are records of our close family relations that I was not willing to transfer. For those with the person was more closely related, and vital information to add, I accepted their request.
By the way, I did send on the additional information to be added.
So, what is your prerogative?