December 21, 2014

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Find A Grave Is Making Grave Mistakes

Confused
I’m completely baffled by the FindAGrave site. Last night a lady wouldn’t transfer my father-in-law’s memorial (he is not deceased) to me; and today I asked for a transfer of John Whitmore, my husband’s GG-Grf and Medal of Honor Recipient, and was denied that too. Is there some  (monetary?) “award” for people who have the most memorials under their belt?  The dates on my FIL’s memorial are wrong and I was going to correct them, as well as add more photos. This woman categorically would not give me the memorial.
I got a nasty email from Find A Grave “Robert” today telling me that I had nabbed the memorial gravestone picture from the site, when it was my husband that took the photo. When I asked the submitter Kent Kooi to transfer John Whitmore to me, he said John had been designated as ‘famous’ and the FAG people wouldn’t let him! Hey, FAG people, you don’t OWN our ancestors!
I was threatened by Robert with being kicked off the site (no, I was NOT rude to them) and made to feel like a criminal.  Here’s the kicker. Unknowingly, I added John Whitmore’s info in a memorial last night with correct information on his death date. (The site has it as it appears on the gravestone, which is WRONG and was a mistake done by the Medal of Honor Historical Society when they submitted the info to the VA).  Today, they have used my info on the memorial, but told me to (essentially) take a hike.
A couple years ago I added my cousin William Livingston Holmes to the site and said he was “famous” and told them where he was buried. Wm. Holmes was the first sheriff of Clackamas County, Oregon. Wouldn’t you think he was a bit famous? No, they didn’t think so.  Someone has their priorities a bit skewed in my humble opinion.
This is a great site, but after these two incidents, I’m having second thoughts about adding more memorials.  Has anyone else had any problems like this with Find A Grave? I’ve been a member for 7+ years and this is a new one on me.

Ancestry.com Ends The Name Confusion

Ancestry Cha-cha-changes

I was very happy to get an email today saying that Ancestry.com will now be the name of the parent company for all of their genealogical products and services.  For two many years now we have been having to explain that Family Tree Maker is owned by Generations Network, or that Rootsweb was now Ancestry. It was confusing to me, and I’m sure, confusing to many other people. Especially those who are just joining one of the sites.

THE GENERATIONS NETWORK BECOMES ANCESTRY.COM

PROVO, UTAH – July 6, 2009 – The Generations Network, the world’s leading online family history resource, today announced that it is changing its name to Ancestry.com effective immediately.

“Our company has a long and fascinating history, and we’ve been through several name changes over the years. But we started with Ancestry.com, and it now feels completely natural to let our company once again share the Ancestry.com brand with our flagship product,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO, Ancestry.com. “We’re proud that Ancestry.com has developed as the defining online brand associated with family history. Alongside Ancestry.com, we will continue to support our other brands, including Family Tree Maker, myfamily.com, MyCanvas, Rootsweb, Genealogy.com, Jiapu.com and of course, our international Ancestry sites.”

Are they FREE or FEE?

What I would like to see on the Ancestry site is tabs for all the brand products or services, but denote which ones are free or you have to pay a fee. I think many people would like to know if adding their online family tree is something free they can do, even though Ancestry.com is noted for being a fee-based site.

They have been doing a great job of making the landing page  more friendly and personal, I’ll give ‘em that.  Right now, the way to get to any of the other sites is to go way down on the bottom of the front page and click on “other Generations Network sites” and a drop down menu appears. I’ll give them time on that though if they are consolidating.

Is Blogging Just A Fad? Or A Way To Make Money?

When we were visiting my in-laws in Iowa this summer, there were some particularly unpleasant grandchildren visiting at the same time. No, not my grandchildren! These were twin boys that have a pretty obnoxious behavior problem, and it surfaced when my grandson happened to find a toad that had been making its way across the driveway towards the neighbor’s house. Garrett, bless his heart, was desperately trying to keep the toad away from the twins, and the twins were after Garrett like two little rabid dogs. These boys are around 7 years old, not babies. My grandson eventually was able to turn the toad loose without any harm coming to it, but the sight of those two boys after the toad stuck in my mind.

 

It seems to me that right now blogging is one of the fads of the moment, and there seems to be a tier of “real” bloggers, “semi-real” bloggers, and then the “rest of us”. I am pleasantly surprised and proud that I have even gotten my first blog Pentimento up to a page rank 4. Who knows if it will stay there, but I keep working at it.

 

The real blogs like John Chow, Dosh Dosh, Copyblogger, Blog About Your Blog, Liz Strauss @ Successful Blog, and Blog-Op to name just a tiny few, have real things to say that are helpful when it comes to making money online. And that is that key, isn’t it? The ones first in, online and known, with lots of networked friends have done very well. They had something to say and impart.

 

Then came the second wave….the people who found out that blogging is something easily done if you can get one set up. But what to say? Talk about your cats, kids, or be a gossip about celebrities. Some of the second-wavers are doing well too. But it all makes me think of those twin boys who saw an opportunity, but had no clue what they were going to do with it once they had it.

 

What will be the next fad? Is blogging here to stay? Are the majority of people making money at it? Will it still be ‘fun’ in 5 years?  Are we really telling people worthwhile things, or just blathering on? What do you think?  Are you the leader of the pack, or just one of the rabid dogs?  :grin:

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