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Subject: Find-a-grave: buried under another name Date: 11/16/2012 12:23 PM
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A problem you find on Find-a-grave is the widow who remarries and then is buried with a previous spouse. Often she will be buried under the surname of the previous spouse, even though her surname when she died is the one on her obit, SS records, death certificate, etc.

As a result there are people in Find-a-grave who do not come up on search unless you remember to search under their previous surnames.

I have written Findagrave about this problem and asked for changes in the database, but so far no response. It would be helpful if people could be listed with multiple surnames to accommodate this problem. At present only maiden name and name on the tombstone are searchable. Others can be in notes, but are not searchable.

People have tried to deal with this with multiple entries under the various surnames, but this gets very complicated when you show parents and children.

The rigidity of genealogy databases is always frustrating. The programmer may have planned for the most common situations, but real world is often far more creative and many databases are unable to deal with variations.
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