Researching my ancestors I find so many interesting stories...and come up with so many questions. I want to share my discoveries and make connections with other ancestry hunters, graveyard walkers, and serendipity attractors! Enjoy.
Just out of curiosity, are you "Joanie" or "Joanie's student"?
I'm Joanie. I have taught Intro to family history classes for 15 years. And in my defense, I do document my sources fairly well! I just won't be using pics from FindAGrave without express written permission. I encourage my students to give back by contributing to findagrave, coloradogravestones.org, iowagravestones.org and similar sites. We visited an LDS family history center to see how indexers volunteer their time and the challenges they face. We are starting our new year of classes with many outside speakers and I'll be sure to bring up this topic. I don't like the practice of 'name collecting', I think it is important to research every person you add to your tree...and document those sources. FindAGrave is a source, a good source. I would suggest people who don't want their photos on Findagrave copied to put a big old mark across them saying 'copyrighted' so it is unusable. I don't get why they go to all the trouble to publish to a public site and yet don't want people to use the info they posted. But I will respect their wishes. I have no desire nor intent to 'steal' from them. I'm not a professional photographer (although I'm sure people look at my pictures and wish I took BETTER ones!)One person suggested people link to the findagrave site, however, places like iowagravestones.org consider THAT theft: "HOT LINKING PROHIBITED: Direct linking to the graphics on this web site is prohibited. This is considered "Hot Linking" and in effect you are stealing bandwidth from this web site. Images used on your site must be saved to your computer or server and not referenced in your html code to the images located on our server. Embedding images located on any domain or sub-domain belonging to IOWAGRAVESTONES.ORG from your html documents is considered bandwidth theft." From this page: http://iowagravestones.org/terms.phpSo, the important conclusion - read the fine print on every site. No good deed goes unpunished. I just "unshared" my trees and made sure they were all the private-non searachable" kind of tree. That should also prevent future problems.