"I’ve entered the grave stone pictures I’ve taken into my software (and on-line trees) with the cemetery as the source, following the EE format. But should I also enter the memorials I’ve created on Find-a-Grave into my tree, or just keep a separate list? Somewhere in the back of my head I think at least the Find-a-Grave memorial number should be somewhere in my tree, even if I’m the creator.
"How do you handle the memorials/pictures you have added?"
My response to Debbie was:
"It's a good question. Evidence Explained says to source the record that you see. If you went to the cemetery and took photos of a gravestone, then cite the cemetery and credit yourself with the photo. If you use Find A Grave, then cite the Find A Grave website as the source. I include the cemetery name, the town/city name and state, the name of the deceased, and the memorial number. Other researchers add the creator of the memorial and the photographer for the images on the memorial. I usually don't do the latter. It's my choice - the goal is to enable other researchers to be able to find the source again."
I realize that I didn't answer all of Debbie's questions, so I'm adding it here:
I have added both my own cemetery photograph with a source citation and the Find A Grave memorial that I have created for the person with another source citation for the Find A Grave memorial. I do that because the readers/viewers of my tree may not be able to access the cemetery, but would appreciate seeing the Find A Grave memorial.
Another reason for adding the memorial number is that it should be relatively permanent - someone may change the name of the deceased person. You can search for a memorial number on Find A Grave.
I know readers will ask, so here is my usual source citation for a Find A Grave memorial (since I have about 20,000 of them) - using the "Cemetery Records, Compiled (online databases)" source template in RootsMagic 7:
Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 October 2012), Westlawn Cemetery, Westford, Mass., Zechariah Hildreth memorial #37561817 with gravestone photograph.
How do you write a source citation for a Find A Grave memorial? Please tell me in Comments.
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