How did the photo of my living mother's headstone come to appear on her page?
Someone I do not know established a page for my mother, who is still living. (The person who started the page had her listed as deceased, but her status has since been changed to living at my request.) My question is this: How did the photo of her pre-purchased and engraved headstone come to be placed in the upper left corner of her page? Did the person who established her page put it there with the help of some photo-editing program? Also, there is specific information as to the cemetery and plot number. Just wondering how it happened to get there. Any ideas? And, where did the photo of the sunset come from next to my name? I did not put it there, and might not even want that photo next to my name.
I would guess that someone went to the cemetery, photographed a large number of headstones, then created profiles for everyone on the headstones (if they did not already have profiles). The plot numbers are probably available either in a searchable online database or on maps of the cemetery.
Anyone can edit the FSFT, and there about this that is against the rules. However people who do this need to be extremely careful that they do not mistakenly call a living person deceased.1
People do not look at the death dates on headstones to be sure the individuals are deceased. They just look at the names, and figure they must be dead. Find a Grave records seem to have a lot of records with this issue, and others contributors may also.
You can change your mother's status, by clicking Edit beside Death and click the little circle in front of Living, which will create a case. Follow the directions in the article link below:
You can look at the photo and find out who contributed it to your record, by clicking on it, to bring it up in the viewer, and look to right for the name of the contributor.
Wishing you success.3
I concur with @Sanra.
Perhaps now you can't see the image because the ID for your mother has been made living and can now only been seen by the person who created that ID for your mother.
When you could see that ID for your mother, you could have seen who contributed the photo by clicking on it. The name of the contributor would have been shown on the right of the screen, as @Sanra said.
Perhaps the image was a photo of your father's gravestone if he is deceased? And your mother's name may be inscribed on your father's gravestone? "beloved husband of ....."
I have noticed that some researchers will find a photo of a grave of a deceased person. Great - they add the photo to FamilySearch. But inscribed on the grave stone, will be the names of parents, or a spouse and/or children. Then some researchers will add IDs to FamilySearch for the other names shown on the gravestone. A name on a gravestone does not indicate that that person is deceased. Unfortunately some researchers don't consider how inconsiderate it is to indicate that someone is deceased when they are not. In some cultures it is considered extremely disrespectful and hurtful.
When adding people born in recent times to FamilySearch, FamilySearch will now ask how you know that person is deceased - but people can easily get around the program by entering any old text.
We need sources, care and more sources to ensure that what we add is correct.2
You can change your profile picture by following these steps:
Click on the picture of the sunset (top right hand corner of the screen) when you are in Community
Click Edit Profile
Click Change My Picture1
That is no doubt the case here - someone took a cursory look at the headstone, which has my father's birth and death dates along with my mother's birth date, and assumed she was deceased. I will try and see if I can find out who contributed the photo to my record. However, I have already requested that Familysearch list her as living. Thanks.0
Interesting. I just tried searching for my mother's profile, and now I can't find it. I think something weird happened. I was able to message the person who created it. He said he was a distance cousin of my father's, and was working on his family tree, which included my mother. (He said that if misinformation appears about someone, he hopes other family members come along and make corrections.) I also cannot bring up the family tree for my father's side of the family that this person created. I know his name, but won't mention it. He also said he thought he was the only one who could see it. So I don't know. I did take a picture of the family tree he's working on. So I have that. And I was able to make corrections on three family members he listed as deceased and are still living, and an aunt with the wrong middle initial, and the wrong husband. The guy said sometimes people just look in the same area for people with similar names and use those. I was kind of surprised by that admission.0
Profiles marked "living" can only be seen by the person who entered them, so if this distant cousin corrected the profile he created for your mother, then you will no longer be able to see it. You'll need to create your own placeholder profile for her and connect that to your father's profile (which you should still be able to find, since he's deceased). This will restore your connection to the deceased portions of the tree that you were seeing earlier.1
If the Deceased version of your mother (created by the distant cousin) has now been turned to Living, no you won't be able to see this any longer: only he will.
I'd probably try to get back to him and ask for the ID he created for your deceased father, so you can be able to work on that branch in future. Otherwise, go to the "Find" feature - enter some data on your father and you should be able to find any further"versions" of him.0