Find a Grave

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Find A Grave
Find a Grave logo.png
Type of site
Online database
Available inEnglish
Owner Ancestry.com
EditorJim Tipton
Website www.findagrave.com
Alexa rankDecrease Positive.svg 5,231 (October 2018) [1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Launched1998
Current statusActive

Find A Grave is an American website that allows the public to search and add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by Ancestry.com.

Database organized collection of data

A database is an organized collection of data, generally stored and accessed electronically from a computer system. Where databases are more complex they are often developed using formal design and modeling techniques.

Ancestry.com LLC is a privately held online company based in Lehi, Utah. The largest for-profit genealogy company in the world, it operates a network of genealogical, historical record and genetic genealogy websites.

Contents

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.

History

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Former logo of Find A Grave (1995-2018)

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]

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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 overwhelmingly negative. [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]

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Global Positioning System American satellite navigation system

The Global Positioning System (GPS), originally Navstar GPS, is a satellite-based radionavigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the United States Air Force. It is a global navigation satellite system that provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Obstacles such as mountains and buildings block the relatively weak GPS signals.

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

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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

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