If you haven't already noticed, there are a lot of photo requests going out from me for our website. We are trying to get together a famous file that will add interest and depth to what we currently offer. At this time, I am working very hard trying to get out famous Americans, as this is the country of my birth. However, I would also be very very interested in starting files from all over the world. (Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany,Russia, Poland, Israel, France, Brazil, etc.) We want to represent you!!! I am creating a file that will house all of our current world famous people, along with photo requests out there on our website, for the famous. Once these are filled I add them to our database file with the URL's. The only qualifications are that the photos MUST be taken with the APP!!!!!
You will notice in the right hand corner of the life information page a box will appear listing this as a famous person file. These are added to individuals when wikipedia articles are linked to an individual. If you want to know how to add one? Scroll down on the life information page to the Mark As Famous and add the URL (Wiki web address)
Right now we are looking for famous people worldwide who currently have Wikipedia articles written on them.. If you are a photo taker and would be willing to do so, will you go out and take photos of the famous? These can be actors, musicians, military, scientists, politicians, inventors, aviators, authors, ect. We would love all countries represented here! We are currently looking for people with Wikipedia articles written about them. Once you have done this. Either respond to this forum message or email me directly with the URL to email@example.com. This way I can add it to our file. You will get credit for both taking the photo and transcribing, (unless you only send in the photo) You can also add interesting information such as life stories and histories found online. Just be sure that you give credit where credit is due and place the URL of the article on the individual. DO NOT COPY INFO FROM FIND A GRAVE, or it will be removed! Original work is always welcomed! :) If you see a famous person on our website who currently might have a poor quality photo, let me know when you take one with the app and I will replace it!
I have currently added all of the US Presidents, US Signers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, I am working on key military figures from the US Revolutionary War to the Civil War and hope to bring it forward to the present time. I would love to add heroes from WWI and WWII, as well as other conflicts from around the world. Do you want to get credit for beautiful famous photos? We would love to be the medium you use to capture these! If you are from outside of the United States, we would love to house and capture the history of your nation with beautiful photographs of headstones of patriots and heroes of your country. Please email me, and we can work together on this!
Here are some examples of great photos vs. poor ones for your information. Only look at the app photos as the others are supporting records.
Mediocre Photos- These were taken close up or with poor lighting
Poor Photos- I just can't part with these as they have the GPS but these aren't good! (Blurry, too far away, or too close up to make a difference. The added photos make it seem good, but the app photos need work!)
For some time I've been marking famous Australian burials, as I notice them, by adding the Wikipedia entry to their BG record. I notice some other transcribers have also done this. Would it be possible for you to interrogate the BG database to find these entries as the starting point for your famous file?
Yes, but I am also trying to create an easy access file with different categories. I am also creating spreadsheets with ratings scores, as well as whether they have been cross referenced with FamilySearch. This also makes it easier to pull. I will check with our technical department, as I know that many of the URL's are marked as famous, but doesn't break them into categories. (Which is what we really need)
I have also found many people on the website who are famous, but were not marked. Bruce Lee was just one example of many...