When I joined 9 years ago, it was a simple site where people could find out where an ancestor was buried and even ask a volunteer to take a photo of the headstone if there wasn’t one. Now there are people who are emassing thousands of memorials, either because they are obsessed with collecting them or are control freaks who want control of them all.
Many have now started adding detailed information that is not proven. They don’t use proper genealogical practices and rely on unofficial sources such as obituaries. They are lift information off ancestry.com with no thought to its accuracy or giving the person credit. It’s like plagiarism gone amok.
Family members are horrified to find a stranger is managing their relative’s memorial. Some people will transfer it but many won’t. The people who collect thousands if memorial will just randomly keep suggesting edits in the hope that the owner will just transfer the memorial to them. Very few understand genealogy.
They read an old newspaper article and think that is proof. It is a total mess. I find it really sad.
A headstone and year of birth & death is adequate. If they want to do more they should open up their wallets and subscribe to ancestry.com, stop doing someone elses’s family tree and just worry about their own.
Product or Service Mentioned: Find A Grave Genealogy Record.
Reason of review: Bad quality.