Inaccuracies and Find A Grave

Find A Grave could be such an amazing tool for researchers, but the fact that millions of people make entries with absolutely no oversight makes it mostly a waste of time.

I find numerous errors on the site. Memorials posted to the wrong cemetery, incorrect information, etc. Most of the time you can get this corrected, but not always.

Then there is the issue of people just adding someone to a cemetery with nothing to support the claim they are actually buried there.

Case in point, Eliza A. Cox is listed as buried in Methodist Chapel Cemetery in Beech Grove, Indiana. There isn’t a headstone for her, or for anyone with that surname in the cemetery. The church originally associated with the cemetery ceased to exist in 1880 so it is unlikely that original records exist. So someone apparently decided that she is buried there. If there is some other record of this burial it should be shared on the memorial.

I find too many people on Find A Grave are more concerned with how many memorials they create, maintain or add pictures to instead of being concerned with accuracy.

So, use Find A Grave as only a hint. It can not be considered a quality source.

Jane Bush 1815-1851

Jane Bush was born 5 Feb 1815 in Maryland and died 22 Jun 1851 in Marion Co., IN. She was the wife of Tunis D. Bush.

There are marriage records for about the same time for Tunis Bush. One to Jane Johnson and one to Jane Shannon. Other than the marriage record I find no other records for Jane Johnson. The records on Ancestry for Jane Johnson have no image available. My theory is that record is transcribed incorrectly for whatever reason and Jane Shannon the maiden name of the Jane Bush at Fowler-Mundy Cemetery.

At this time Jane’s marker has not been located. She is listed on various listings of the cemetery.



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Genealogy I have access to all repositories and agencies in the greater Indianapolis, Indiana area. I can also travel outside the central Indiana area, though travel fees may apply. I specialize in US records research. I have documented personal lines for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of Indiana Pioneers.

I have doing genealogical research since 1997.

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Cemetery Preservation I am the owner of Stone Revival Historical Preservation and have been active in cemetery preservation in Indiana and surrounding states since 2004.