Find a Grave

Find A Grave is a website that allows the public to search and add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by Ancestry.com. It receives and uploads digital photographs of headstones from burial sites, taken by unpaid volunteers at cemeteries. Find A Grave then posts the photo on its website.

Find A Grave
Find a Grave logo
Type of site
Online database
Available inEnglish
OwnerAncestry.com
EditorJim Tipton
Websitewww.findagrave.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 5,231 (October 2018)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Launched1998
Current statusActive

History

Find A Grave logo
Former logo of Find A Grave (1995-2018)[2]

The site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton (born in Alma, Michigan) to support his hobby of visiting the burial sites of famous celebrities.[3] He later added an online forum.[4] Find A Grave was launched as a commercial entity in 1998, first as a trade name[5] and then incorporated in 2000.[6][7] The site later expanded to include graves of non-celebrities, in order to allow online visitors to pay respect to their deceased relatives or friends.[8][9]

In 2013, Tipton sold Find A Grave to Ancestry.com, saying that the genealogy company had "been linking and driving traffic to the site for several years. Burial information is a wonderful source for people researching their family history." In a September 30, 2013, press release, Ancestry.com officials said they would "launch a new mobile app, improve customer support, [and] introduce an enhanced edit system for submitting updates to memorials, foreign-language support, and other site improvements."[10]

As of October 2017, Find A Grave contained over 165 million burial records and 75 million photos.[10][11]

In March 2017, a beta website for a redesigned Find A Grave was launched at gravestage.com.[12][13] Public feedback was mixed.[14] Sometime between May 29 and July 10 of that year, the beta website was migrated to new.findagrave.com,[15][16] and a new front end for it was deployed at beta.findagrave.com. In November 2017, the new site became live and the old site was deprecated. On August 20, 2018, the original Find a Grave website was retired.[2]

Content and features

The website contains listings of cemeteries and graves from around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain Google Maps (with GPS coordinates supplied by contributors) and photographs of the cemeteries and gravesites. Individual grave records may contain dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs (of the grave marker, the individual, etc.), and contributor information.[17]

Interment listings are added by individuals,[18] genealogical societies,[19] and other institutions such as the International Wargraves Photography Project.[20]

Ancestry dot com headquarters
Find A Grave's headquarters in Lehi, Utah

Contributors must register as members to submit listings, called memorials, on the site. The submitter becomes the manager of the listing but may transfer management. Only the current manager of a listing may edit it, although any member may use the site's features to send correction requests to the listing's manager. Managers may add links to other listings of deceased spouses, parents, and siblings for genealogical purposes.

Any member may also add photographs and notations to individual listings; notations may include images of flowers, flags, religious or other symbols, and often include a message of sympathy or condolence. Members may post requests for photos of a specific grave; these requests will be automatically sent to other members who have registered their location as being near that grave.[21]

Although it does not ask permission from immediate family members before uploading the photos, it will remove and take down photos or a URL for a deceased loved one at the request of an immediate family member.[22]

Find A Grave also maintains lists of memorials of famous persons by their "claim to fame", such as Medal of Honor recipients,[23] religious figures,[24] and educators.[25] Find A Grave exercises editorial control over these listings.[26]

See also

References

Citations

  1. ^ "Findagrave.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". www.alexa.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Original Find A Grave (1995-2018)". Find a Grave. August 20, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Find A Grave member: Jim Tipton". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Maynard, Meleah (February 16, 2000). "Grave Matters: Minnesota's dead are only a click away". City Pages. Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota: Star Tribune Media Company LLC. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Entity No. 2442925-0151". Utah Secretary of State. 1998. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Entity No. 4729413-0143". Utah Secretary of State. 2000. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Division of Corporations Entity File No. 3168328". Delaware Department of State. 2000. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  8. ^ Silverman, Lauren (March 14, 2010). "Tracking Down Relatives, Visiting Graves Virtually". Washington, D.C.: National Public Radio. Retrieved September 28, 2011. "At some point, I said, 'I am sick of drawing the lines of who is famous and who isn't. I'm just going to accept everyone,' " Tipton says.
  9. ^ "Find A Grave FAQ: What can I include in a non-famous bio?". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave". Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "Find A Grave". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "The New and Improved Find A Grave Shown at #RootsTech". The Ancestry Insider. March 23, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  13. ^ "Find A Grave". gravestage.com. Ancestry.com. Archived from the original on May 29, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Monday Mailbox: Find A Grave". The Ancestry Insider. April 3, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Find A Grave – the same and yet different!". UpFront with NGS. National Genealogical Society. July 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  16. ^ "bgwiehle" (July 20, 2017). "Dear Randy: How Do I Post a Find A Grave Hint on Ancestry.com?". Genea-Musings. Randall J. Seaver. Retrieved August 10, 2017. BETA is live and running in parallel with the old site. Now is the time for visitors and memorial owners to help test and improve the site.
  17. ^ "Find A Grave Help". Find A Grave. Ancestry.com.
  18. ^ Loudon, Bennett J. (August 30, 2011). "Civil War history carved in stone in Pittsford". Democrat and Chronicle. Gannett Company. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  19. ^ Moody, Sharon Tate (January 24, 2010). "Find A Grave can shorten the search". The Tampa Tribune. Tampa Media Group. Retrieved December 28, 2011. The entries with tombstone photographs obviously are reliable, but if the entry is based only on a paper record of the interment (without a photograph), it's easy to mistype the date, so you're bound to find errors.
  20. ^ "Find A Grave member: International Wargraves Photography Project". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "Find A Grave Help: How do I request a grave photo?". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  22. ^ How do I delete a photo? Archived February 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor Recipients". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  24. ^ "Claim to Fame: Religious figures". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Claim to Fame: Educators". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  26. ^ "What are the standards for a famous Bio?". Find a Grave. Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.

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