We need a cremation option in addition to death information.
As I work on the family tree, the biggest problem I see is with CREMATION. There is no option for this in the tree currently and people incorrectly add it to the burial information causing errors. This could be easily solved by putting an option in of cremation with a box to check either in the burial area or under the death. FamilySearch, help us get rid of all those error messages!
What error messages?
And there already is a Cremation option, under Other Information.2
Gordon Collett ✭✭✭✭✭
Once nice thing about Family Tree, is that with Reason Statements, Notes, Discussions, Stories, Memories, and the huge amount of space each data item can hold, there is really no excuse for confusing anybody. We have plenty of room to explain everything.
If one wishes to have the burial section filled and accept that burial and cremation are similar and equivalent events, there really is nothing wrong with having:
This certainly does not create any error message. The only thing that would create an error message would be if someone is putting the word "cremated" in the date field or as a non-standardized place name:
There is no reason to do either. It's perfectly legal to just leave the burial section blank and use the Other Information section to add the cremation information or to put a note about the cremation in the Death reason statement.4
Paul W ✭✭✭✭✭
This issue has been raised on many occasions and I agree with Gordon's comments here.
However, it should not be too difficult to have a "Burial / Cremation" option in the Vitals section. Okay, nearly all my inputs do involve burials, but there are many users who (unlike me) record lots of records of the recently deceased and, nowadays, surely cremation is the far more common form. So, FamilySearch surely needs to update its attitude on the matter, in this 21st century.
As an afterthought, perhaps some users would prefer to see an "Interment" option - generally straightforward for a burial, but do most users want to record the cremation ceremony or "final resting place" detail? Obviously the latter becomes rather complcated if the ashes are divided and scattered in different locations!0
I generally treat the "Burial" conclusion in Vitals as shorthand for "current disposition of remains". Recent deaths are mostly cremations, but the date of that or the location of the crematorium hardly matters; that's why that conclusion is perfectly fine being filed away under Other Information. What people care about, going forward, is where we've put the remains, and/or where we've put a "monument" (gravestone, cenotaph, plaque, whatever). Those things fit nicely in the Burial field.1