Find a Grave
|Type of site||Online database|
|Alexa rank||3,780 (December 2013[update])|
The site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton, who sought a site to cater to his hobby of visiting the graves of celebrities. He later added an online forum. It was launched as a commercial entity in 1998, first as a DBA and then incorporated in 2000.
As of October 2013, the site contained over 106 million burial records worldwide.
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. Individual grave records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs (grave marker, the individual, etc.), and contributor information. A registered user may create memorials without any fact checking or review. Although an active user forum exists, it is still possible that memorials are duplicated, incomplete or incorrect. Serious genealogists should check alternate sources or personally visit grave sites. Find a Grave relies on the integrity of its registered users and has strict policies against the uploading of copyrighted material.
Interment listings are provided by individuals, genealogical societies, or major institutional contributors, such as the US Veterans Department, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the International Wargraves Photography Project.
Contributors must register as members to submit listings, which are called memorials on the website. Upon submitting a listing, that member becomes the manager of the listing, but may transfer management. Only the current manager of a listing may edit the listing. Members and non-members may send correction requests regarding listings. Members and non-members can submit notations, which consist of images or pictures or flowers, flags, religious symbols, etc., which are posted on the individual listings, usually including a message of sympathy or condolence. Managers of listings may connect them via hyperlink to listings of deceased spouses and parents for genealogical purposes. Members may also request photos of graves which other members may then fulfill.
Find A Grave also maintains links to memorials of famous persons such as Medal of Honor recipients, religious figures, educators and miscellaneous other celebrities. Find A Grave exercises editorial control over these listings.
- Canadian Headstones
- Interment.net – an on-line database of transcriptions from grave markers
- Poets' Graves
- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – defunct United Kingdom based website that hosted posts of gravesite photographs
- Tombstone tourist
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