Find-A-Grave Was Down Temporarily – Tombstone Tuesdays August 25, 2020

I noticed when trying to access Find-A-Grave earlier today that it was down. Looks like it’s back up now. It came up a few minutes before this post was scheduled to go live Seems WordPress is also having an issue right now as it’s not letting me put a link to the site – It was down for almost two hours when I noticed. Decided this was a good post for this week’s Tombstone Tuesdays.

The only requirement Find-A-Grave enforces is the surname on the headstone has to match the memorial. This doesn’t apply to Famous entries if they use a different surname than their birth surname. This is important because the surname on the headstone has to match, other than Famous memorials, to avoid duplicates. In most cases, the Famous surname on the memorial is the one they used in real life. Another quirk is if a person used a middle name you can no longer add it as a nickname. They made the change a while back. Previously, you could use the middle name as a nickname and add it as the middle name.

Contrary to some who claim the exact name on the headstone has to match the memorial, that’s not true. If you know the maiden name, what the initial stands for, then you can include those on the memorial or submit edits to add them.

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Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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