Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Fleshing Out Find-a-Grave Memorials

Find A Grave memorial for my great-grandma in Mt. Hebron, Queens, NY
Over the course of four years, I've sent 93 edits to Find A Grave, for memorials that others were kind enough to establish for people they don't know--my ancestors. Every one of these generous volunteers has made my edits, for which I am truly grateful. And I'm thankful for the many volunteers who have posted or taken photos, especially valuable for Jewish genealogy.

Now I'm continuing my resolution to keep family history alive by fleshing out the Find A Grave memorials. Descendants may someday go searching for these people's burials, so I want to include more detail for the benefit of these genealogists of tomorrow. The more they know, the more they can pass to the next generation and beyond.

This new year's resolution (expanded from my 2016 resolution) is to:
  • Link my ancestors to each other, wherever possible, so their relationships are clear. Above, I finally linked 10 children of Lena Kunstler Farkas* and Moritz Farkas to each other. One of their children is missing from the list because I haven't yet located her final resting place. 
  • I also linked spouses of these adult children to each other and in the next generation, I linked children to their parents. (I'm still working on this step for the main branches of hubby's family tree.)
  • I'm going to be adding or completing birth/death dates and places, as well as correcting spellings.
  • I'm already adding brief bios or excerpts from obits, omitting the names of living people for privacy reasons. Ancestors were more than just names and dates and relationships. If I can mention occupations or other snippets, these memorials become that much more meaningful, IMHO.
Thanks again to Find A Grave volunteers!

*Elizabeth Handler suggested I include the translations on F-A-G. A great idea. Lena's gravestone says she's the daughter of Shmuel Zanvil.

5 comments:

Elizabeth Handler said...

I love FindAGrave and I do my best to link family members too! I don't mean to add work to your resolutions above, but recently, I've been trying to include a translation of the Hebrew for my husband's family's gravestones. Sometimes the Hebrew includes more than just the Hebrew death date.

Marian B. Wood said...

Elizabeth, that is a wonderful suggestion. In the above headstone, I know Lena's father's name appears as Shmuel Zanvil (also the Hebrew name of his grandson, Lena's son Alex/Sandor). Thanks for reading and leaving this great idea. Happy new year.

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Great resolution!

Marian B. Wood said...

Amanda, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Happy 2017 and happy ancestor hunting.

Anna Matthews said...

This is a great project. I should do this, too.