My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Follow Friday -- Keeping up with FindAGrave Errors

The other day I received an email from a 5th cousin stating that I spelled the name of a cemetery wrong, I had Piegeon Hill instead of Pigeon.  Upon closer inspection, I saw that it indeed was listed as Piegeon.  Horrors, but I didn't spell it that way. The person who initiated the site in Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada spelled it wrong. There was no contact name, or email, so I wrote to and explained the situation.

Then hours later, I received a wonderful email, in which the person wrote, "Hello Barbara, I'm so happy that I found your link while I viewing the Cross family at Piegeon Hill Cemetery." Both of the emails came within a 24-hour period. One error travels fast!

I never heard back from the people at FindAGrave, but did check back on the Pigeon Hill Cemetery site and saw that it was corrected.

Several hours later, while working on a completely different cemetery, I discovered that the same Horace Adams is listed in two cemeteries in Batavia, Genesee Co., New York.  I wrote the administrator, but haven't heard anything yet (perhaps on vacation).

These errors are minor, they probably only affect me.  But, I do want things to be correct.  FindAGrave is a fabulous organization, no question about that. Just think 48 million records for free, and most with photos.  I am not complaining, just following them.