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Encyclopedia > Find A Grave
URL www.findagrave.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online database
Registration No
Available language(s): English
Owner Jim Tipton
Created by Jim Tipton
Launched 1995
Current status Active

Find A Grave is an online database of seventeen million cemeteries and burial records. It was voted by "Family Tree Magazine" readers as one of the top twenty-five genealogy websites they couldn't live without.[1] Image File history File links ForumsMasthead. ... Image File history File links Buryicon. ... // Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings: In popular usage, it is a widespread synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) — many popular and technical texts will use the term URL when referring to URI; Strictly, the idea of a uniform syntax for... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Castle Ashby Graveyard Northamptonshire A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... For the musician, see Burial (musician). ...



The website was founded in 1995 by Jim Tipton [1]. He could not find an existing site that catered to his hobby of visiting the graves of famous people so he decided to create Find A Grave. Initially the site only listed celebrities, be they famous or infamous (the definition of which site administrators had changed frequently, generally referring to individuals who had received recognition in a broad spectrum, i.e., individuals known to people around the world or famous in activity or field with a global following). A hobby is a spare-time recreational pursuit. ... Ancient unreadable gravestones mark the position of graves in the parish churchyard at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England A grave is a place where the body of a dead animal, generally human, is buried, often after a funeral. ... “Megastar” redirects here. ...

With the turn of the millennium, Tipton opened the site to include non-famous memorials, thus creating a genealogical data base that has helped hundreds of people searching for family records. The site's FAQ states, "We strive for a comprehensive listing of the burial places of everyone in the world...It is of great historical importance to have a record of all those who have been a part of our collective humanity. Burial information is a wonderful resource for people researching their families (genealogists). Most importantly, visiting a gravesite is a way of keeping the memory of someone alive." [2] FAQ is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Question(s). The term refers to listed questions and answers, all supposed to be frequently asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic. ...

In expanding the scope of gravesites covered, the site inculcated a community of individuals who have reached out to one another after the loss of family members and friends. With the growing impact of the site, Tipton created an online forum on the site to encourage communication.[2]

Content and Features

The web site contains listings of cemeteries and graves from all 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 the U.S. Geological Survey) 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. The vast majority of records have been contributed by field volunteers.

Membership at Find a Grave gives people the opportunity to place on-line memorials for relatives and friends. There is no cost for this service and users receive editing privileges over the memorials. Members may also request photos of graves which volunteers fulfill.

Find A Grave Community

At the heart of Find A Grave is its more than 200,000 members. Over the years of the site's existence they have formed a community. The Find A Grave Forums is a message board for contributors to the main Find A Grave website and many persons that are interested in genealogy and/or cemeteries. Many of the members engage in a hobby that has been referred to by the public at large as "Tombstone Tourism" (the practice of visiting cemeteries purely for personal enjoyment) and which the people of the site refer to as "graving". There are sections for a variety of posts by subject This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Genealogy is the study and tracing of family pedigrees. ...

  • Cemeteries and Genealogy - for discussions of cemeteries and burial data.
  • Finding Famous Graves - for discussing aspects of visiting and researching the graves of notable people.
  • Help With Find A Grave - one of the most useful areas for getting prompt answers to problems with the site and/or to list changes that require a Find A Grave Administrator's action.
  • The Civil War - Civil War graves questions and information.
  • Cemetery Preservation - discussions of issues and techniques for cemetery preservation.
  • Mourning, Grief and Emotional Support - 'support group' to receive and offer support to others over the loss of loved ones.
  • The Lounge - social 'anything goes' forum which just about says it all.
  • Surnames - for discussion on issues of genealogy related to a specific surname.
  • There is a section for each state of the United States for discussions of graves by geographic region.
  • Sections for Canada and Europe have been added as well.

For the musician, see Burial (musician). ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Margaret of Spain, Empress of Austria, in Mourning, 1666; note the children and servants in mourning dress behind her. ... It has been suggested that Anticipatory Grief be merged into this article or section. ... A family name, or surname or last name, is the part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ...

See also

Poets Graves is an on-line database of the last resting places of poets. ...


  1. ^ Find A Grave Contributor: Jim Tipton. Find A Grave (2007). Retrieved on February 24, 2007.
  2. ^ Find A Grave FAQ. Find A Grave (2007). Retrieved on February 24, 2007.

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  Results from FactBites:
Re: find a grave.com (362 words)
Find A Grave is a great site and it has assisted me in an effort to document the local history in our community.
Find a Grave allows people to upload images of the deceased and/or photos of their gravestones.
I urge those of you who are documenting your family history to consider using Find A Grave as a way of preserving the history of your community and of your family as well.
Find A Grave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (683 words)
Find A Grave (or findagrave.com) is an on-line database of cemeteries and burial records.
He could not find an existing site that catered to his hobby of visiting the graves of famous people and in the beginning the site only listed celebrities, be they famous or infamous.
Find A Grave Forums is a message board for contributors to the main Find A Grave website and many persons that are interested in genealogy and/or cemeteries.
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