Find A Grave has long been a favorite genealogy site for online research. It was thrilling to type in the name of an ancestor and, with a click, the tombstone, complete with name and dates, appeared before your eyes. Many of us signed on to record tombstones in our community to help other genealogists. This was genealogy sharing at its best. Everybody won.
But things changed. No tombstone? That's all right. We will just list him where we think he was buried. As long as you have the name and approximate dates, that will work. So what if the tombstone only gives the years of birth and death? We will just add the months and days and everyone will be happy. Who cares if the name on the tombstone is A.B. Brown. We know he was was really Albert Bray Brown so that is how we will list his name. Sigh
The practice of linking to other family members is especially distressing. No proof is required and apparently there is no way to opt out. This is not the way I do genealogy.
As a novice genealogist many years ago, I was taught to record only what I can see. It was not permissible to add anything. What has happened to integrity in genealogy? Have standards changed so drastically? I don't think so, but I do believe in order to "help" others and make genealogy easier for everyone, we tend to "dumb down" the research process. This is a poor substitute for sound, documented research.
I am disappointed in Find A Grave. It started out as such a great idea, but got lost along the way. I am re-thinking my position on submitting records to Find A Grave. The value of this site has been diluted, in my opinion.