Why are my ancestor's headstone featured on FamilySearch?

On May 24th, I received an email from FamilySearch saying they created a special memorial page for my family where I could, as they say, "view your ancestors’ headstones and celebrate the lives of your loved ones."

Family Search 'Special Memorial' Page Email
Family Search 'Special Memorial' Page Email

William James Townsend is my Civil War ancestor that I have been researching and writing about in my One Name Place study. I was intrigued. What new campaign is going on? So, I clicked on "See My Ancestors' Headstones" and saw this welcome page.

FamilySearch Campaign Ancestors Headstones

There is William and then there is Edward Bangs. Who is Edward and how is he related to me?

If the FamilySearch tree is to be believed, then Edward is a grandfather of mine 14 generations back. There's just one problem.


Portion of relationship from myself to Edward Bangs

I have established and documented the relationships between myself and Sarah Burr Sherwood. I have established the relationship to her mother Deborah Burr. Sadly, the family connections break down a bit. The documentation seems sketchy regarding the relationship of Deborah to the father Capt. George Burr. And then suddenly there is a last name change from George Burr to his father David Crosby?

The trouble is that Sarah Burr Sherwood was born in 1800 in Connecticut, This fact introduces the joys and challenges of New England research. I can't fully establish the relationship of Deborah Burr (FS id LH5F-LZH) to the father Capt. George Burr and mother Mabel Wakeman. George would have been 47 at Deborah's birth with Mabel being 41. Those ages are not entirely unheard of. However, I'm focused on folks in Columbus, Ohio and I am not ready to explore New England research in the 1700s. So, I let it be.

In any case, what then happens is that Capt. George Burr (FS id L434-54Q) then has two sets of parents: Andrew Burr and Sarah Sturges and then David Crosby and an unnamed wife. David Crosby (FS id LZ63-GKR) has 16 children of which, George is the only one with the last name of Burr. David has 6 marriage relationships, many with unknown spouses and then multiple parental links. This time period is the 1700-1760s, again in New England area. The alternate names include variations on Crosby but also the name Lemuel! Do you want to talk about HEADACHE? I'm not touching this tree segment with a 3 foot pole (or a longer one).

The problems from that point backward to Capt Edward Bangs continue to make my head spin.

At the bottom of the Ancestor Headstone memorial page, I'm asked "Did you enjoy discovering these headstones?"

Honestly? No.
  1.  No other stones were corralled onto this page since 24 May and it's over a month later. There are other stones online. Why have these not been pulled to the memorial page?
  2. The inaccuracies of the 'junk' on FamilySearch (and elsewhere for that matter) and how easy it is to think, "Oh, I have an early American ancestor" when in actuality, the validity of the relationship tree from me to this supposed ancestor is full of holes.
  3. The whole memorial campaign doesn't make any sense to me. Why was this created? Why have FamilySearch engineers spent time developing this if more information (compliant #1) doesn't populate and the overall purpose of this kind of page is unclear? 

From what I gather, this campaign is a partnership with BillionGraves as the "View Headstone" link takes you off the FamilySearch website to BillionGraves and the direct stone. That's all well and good but the execution and the explanation needs more clarity.

I hope someday someone can help me understand the originals of Sarah Burr Sherwood and her mother Deborah from Connecticut who are documented early settlers of Richland County, Ohio. Until I'm much older and let my gray start showing, I'm going to leave this branch alone because if I attempted to tackle the problem now, I would speed up the graying and aging problem while I still have my five children in the home.

What do you think of the campaign or the trouble of the Burrs?

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