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      Cemetery Corrections and Updates

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  3. Social Discussion

    1. Fallen Gravers

      Remembering Find a Grave Members who have passed away.

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    2. Famous Graves

      Discuss all aspects of visiting and researching the graves of notable people.

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    3. In the News

      Cemeteries in the News....

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    4. Mourning, Grief, and Emotional Support

      Discuss the loss of loved ones and lend support to others who have experienced the same.

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    5. Success Stories

      50,000 people a day are searching Find a Grave! Share your success story here.

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  4. Military Discussion

    1. American Civil War

      150+ years later, it is still an enormously popular topic of discussion. Post your civil war graves, questions, and information. Blue or Gray? Johnny Reb or Billy Yank?

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    2. World War I

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  5. Cemetery and Research

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      General issues and techniques involved with cemetery preservation. 

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    2. Research Resources

      General research issues not related to a specific surname or location. 

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  • Our picks

    • Unmapped Cemeteries By US County October 2020
      Unmapped Cemeteries broken out by County. 5-color level.
      This means that the cemetery listed does not have GPS assigned to it. This has nothing to do with % of cemetery photographed or mapped memorials.
      How does your county look?
       
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Deborah Wall our featured Volunteer of the Month for September, 2020! Deborah’s work has been centered in Columbiana County, Ohio where she has made a large impact photographing headstones. We’ve been told by other members that she is kind, generous and helpful. We’re grateful she’s part of the community!
       
      Deborah’s interest in cemeteries grew when her mother asked her to help look for the burial location of her birth mother, Deborah’s grandmother. The search began in the early 1990’s, wandering through cemeteries and perusing cemetery records. The two of them continued on for years and then a friend introduced Deborah to Find a Grave. When she saw what others were doing she thought that while looking for her grandmother’s headstone she could help out in her community too. Over the years she has photographed over 10,000 headstones. She is often complimented on her personal touch of photographing the headstone with an arrangement of flowers placed nearby.
      Ann E. Merchant While visiting Deborah’s profile page we noticed how focused she was on her county and locality. It’s amazing to think of the time and energy she has volunteered to help others find their family members. 
       
      Deborah’s mother, Ira, passed on in 2000 but Deborah kept on searching for her grandmother’s grave and last year, in 2019, after nearly 30 years of searching, she finally found her burial location. In her own words, “I have come across so many wonderful people along my journey, all because of the Find a Grave site.” 
       
      Our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are a Find a Grave member and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
       
      We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to feedback@findagrave.com.
         
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    • iOS App Updated
      Version 1.10  of the iOS Find a Grave app has been released.  
       
      This release introduces more of the advanced filters from the website including: 
      - Showing only famous memorials, non-cemetery burials, and cenotaphs
      - Name search can now include maiden name, similar names, titles, partial last name, and nicknames
      - Can now search relationship names, by contributor ID, by memorial ID, or recently added
      - More sorting options are now available 
       
      Also:
      - iOS 14 support
      - Bug fixes
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    • Site Updates
      With this update:
       
      Bug fixes Not display marriage years on some siblings Lots of memorial edit changes Fix for foreign names in urls Allow a single character last name in languages like Korean and Chinese Search either by Surname or Maiden Name from the See More Memorials block.  
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    • Find a Grave Support site
      We’re always looking for ways to enhance Find a Grave and help our community. Our team has been busy behind the scenes and we are thrilled to announce the launch of our shiny new support site! We have re-designed and added to our knowledge base to help you have all the information you need right at your fingertips. The knowledge base is divided into ten categories: 
       
      Common Questions • Account • Discover • Memorial Management • Contribute • Community • Tools • Group Projects • Mobile Apps • Privacy
      You can easily search the support site for answers by entering any word in the search bar. You can also select the icons to navigate to topics that you’ll know and recognize like Memorials, Cemeteries, Suggest Edits, Photo Request, etc. The knowledge articles under those topics answer questions about the site, have tips for getting started, step-by-step instructions, explanations of features on Find a Grave, a section about the Find a Grave app and that’s only a portion of what you’ll find! You can find answers to your questions by selecting the icons for each category or through the dropdown menus in the header at the top of the page. We added a handful of frequently asked questions to the homepage for easy reference. Click on the question to open up the answer or to close it.
       
      The support site is available in English now and will be translated in the future. The link to the support site can be found under Help at the bottom of the Find a Grave homepage. We hope you’ll explore and search the site, then send us a message at feedback@findagrave.com and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you and will review all your feedback for the new support site. Thanks for all you do!
       
      -Find a Grave Team
         
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to José L Bernabé Tronchoni our featured Volunteer of the Month for August, 2020! José is very active contributing grave photos from his homeland in Valencia, Spain and currently has submitted over 1200 famous biographies, many for famous individuals who descend from Spain.
       
      José is also interested in researching information and locations for famous graves and creating and maintaining virtual cemeteries. In 2014, he was able to visit the grave of one of his favorite writers, Julio Cortázar, located in the Cimetière de Montparnasse in Paris (pictured here).
      “I discovered Find a Grave while looking for information on supporting actors from the Hollywood classics. When I first started contributing I added actors from Spain and also Spanish actors from America. Then I started adding writers and artists. Right now, I enjoy linking memorials together for the families of the famous people that I’m researching. In my research I’ve discovered unknown burial locations and new biographical information that has helped expand the knowledge and share the culture of my homeland.“
       
      As we were virtually wandering around Spain, through memorials and grave photos in José’s account, we noticed how many of them had interesting sculptures or reliefs and wondered about the stories behind their creation. 
      Ramón Gómez Ferrer Eduardo López-Chavarri Andújar Consuelo Gómez Montero Julio “Fabrilo” Aparici Pascual Vicente Beltrán Grimal Domingo of Silos José, our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are a Find a Grave member and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
       
      We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to feedback@findagrave.com.
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    • Unmapped Cemeteries By Country July 2020
      Unmapped Cemeteries broken out by Country. 5-color level.
      This means that the cemeteries listed for that country do not have GPS assigned to them.
      How does your country look?
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Jerry & Roger our featured Volunteers of the Month for July, 2020! They’ve worked hard over the years documenting cemeteries in their area and also cemeteries where they have traveled. They manage about 18,000 memorials and have uploaded a little over 16,800 photos to the site.
      Jerry originally became involved with Find a Grave completely by chance. While researching Roger’s and his own family lines, Jerry came across a Find a Grave memorial for one of his family members. He was “elated to say the least,” learned more about the site and registered to be a member. He had always been an avid genealogist and was excited to add memorials and photos not only for his family but for others too! At the beginning he was using a camera and started photographing individual graves at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Roger was very supportive and interested in cemeteries as well. Soon Jerry and Roger started canvassing sections of 300-600 graves at a time in this cemetery. While adding the photos to Find a Grave, they’d research each memorial to see if there were details that could be sent, such as relationship links or anything that could help a family member find their family. Jerry set aside time each day for uploading and research. He remembered how it felt to find his first family member on Find a Grave and wanted to help others find their family members. Since then, they’ve continued to visit and photograph at cemeteries, even while traveling, and when that hasn’t been possible they’ve been busy researching online and updating memorials. 
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    • Android App Updated
      Version 2.8.0 of the Android app has been released. 
       
      We've add a satellite layer to the cemetery search results map, that can easily be toggled on and off. There are now load indicators for the cemetery and memorial images as they are loading. Additional stability and bug fixes.
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Pat our feature Volunteer of the Month for June, 2020! She’s been nominated for going above and beyond for many years in Louisville, Kentucky and according to many members, being a pleasure to work. Pat’s been a member for a little over seven years, has fulfilled nearly 1000 photo requests and uploaded about 38,000 photos.
      I have been married to the same wonderful man for 54 years. He is the love of my life and has always supported me in what ever I got into, never wavering. He knows that I will be itchy to go the “the Cem” when the weather is nice. He is always there for me! We are a team. He has supported me 100 percent from the day I got “caught” by the Find a Grave and Ancestry “bug.” We have 2 wonderful sons and 2 awesome grandsons and my “purrfect” cat who has been with us for 18 years. Nursing, Operating Room Nursing, took up 46 years of my life: General Operating Room, Ophthalmology in the office setting and O.R. and the last 11 in Open Heart in Eastern North Carolina. It was a place where a person who was always paying attention to the details (“picky”), could thrive. Tennis and golf USED to take up my time. When we moved back to Louisville in 2015 gardening has become my second interest. A quote from my wonderful father, “If you can’t do it well/right…don’t do it at all.”
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    • Unmapped Cemeteries By US County July 2020
      Unmapped Cemeteries broken out by County. 5-color level.
      This means that the cemetery listed does not have GPS assigned to it. This has nothing to do with % of cemetery photographed or mapped memorials.
      How does your county look?
       
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    • Unmapped Cemeteries By US County Timelapse
      Timelapse image of unmapped cemeteries by county in the United States from April 2015 through April 2020 excluding October 2015.
       

       
       
       
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Alison our feature Volunteer of the Month for May, 2020! Alison has added nearly 58,000 photos to Find a Grave, almost all of which are grave photos. Much of her work is done in the largest necropolis in the southern hemisphere, Rookwood General Cemetery in New South Wales, Australia.
      Alison and Kaz at Hidden, an outdoor sculpture exhibition held annually at Rookwood. Alison’s been researching her family tree since 1984 and has always had a fascination with cemeteries and headstones. Find a Grave brought her family research and interest in cemeteries together. She started by adding her family members and then ventured into fulfilling photo requests. She was hooked! 
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Asashi Ishizaki our feature Volunteer of the Month for April, 2020! He’s been working hard on submissions representing burial shrines and temples in Japan.
       
      Asashi’s been a member for about three years. He’s added over 350 cemeteries to the site, almost all of them in Japan. We appreciate his enthusiasm to add memorials and burial locations and help others find information about those buried in Japan. Here are a few headstones that popped out to us while looking through his contributions:
       

       
      Momoko Kochi is the actress from the original 1954 Gojira (Godzilla), know for her role as Emiko YamaneMomoko Kochi
       

       
      Eiji Sawamura, a professional baseball pitcher and the 1st MVP in the Japan Professional Baseball Federation in 1937. Eiji Sawamura
       

       
      The well cared for grave of the poet and scholar, Mizuho Ota, caught our eye with its fresh-cut flowers – beautiful!
       
      Asashi, our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are a Find a Grave member and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
       
      We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to feedback@findagrave.com.
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    • Earth Day
      Our wondrous earth and its boundless beauty, Happy Earth Day!
      Speaking of beautiful sights, have you been lucky enough to see masses of cherry trees blossom in Spring? Yearly spring festivals around the world celebrate the bloom of these trees. Their majestic beauty draws people who gather and picnic underneath their canopies. The cherry blossom is known for its transience, only blooming for a few weeks each year as a symbol of hope in the early spring. 
      To celebrate Earth Day, we’ve added the cherry blossom as a new virtual flower on Find a Grave. To add a cherry blossom, click on “Leave a Flower” from the Flowers section on any memorial page.
      -Find a Grave Team
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    • Cemetery Conservation
      We spend a lot of time wandering in cemeteries! Just like you, we’ve seen headstones that need a little TLC. Some are covered in moss or lichen, while others are sunken, cracked, damaged, or broken. Over time, nature takes its toll on grave markers, especially older ones. Sometimes, well-meaning individuals attempt to clean headstones but unknowingly harm them with abrasive methods or cleaners. We discourage members from touching headstones unless you are related or have specific permission from the cemetery. In those instances, we’d like to point you to a fantastic website with a wealth of information on how to read weathered inscriptions without causing harm to the stone and headstone conservation.
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Michael Moore our feature Volunteer of the Month for March, 2020! Thank you for your work in Canadian cemeteries, particularly photographing headstones in Quebec.
      Michael was inspired to volunteer when he encountered the work of BCDocwalker, who has transcribed records for cemeteries in the Lachûte, Quebec area and added them to Find a Grave. This is also where Michael’s ancestors immigrated to in the early nineteenth century. 
      He decided to make the 300-mile drive and photograph headstones for memorials created in that area and to visit his ancestors’ graves. The trip was a success! Later that summer, he went back to Lachûte and fully photographed all twenty cemeteries in the area, uploaded the photos to Find a Grave and created any new memorials needed. Now the information and photos can help people around the world! The collaboration aspect of Find a Grave is one of his favorite features of the site.
      “I have two motorcycles, both long-distance touring motorcycles, one in Europe and one in Canada. When I head out on cross-continent tours, I make a list of locations where ancestors are buried, and I try to photograph the entire cemetery & upload all the pictures to Find a Grave. My experience has been that when I do that, other Find a Grave members start linking families together and that greatly helps me with my family history research.”
      Michael spent much of his career flying in war relief efforts for the Red Cross in Africa. He retired a few years back, ending his career as an engineering test pilot for an aircraft manufacturer. Michael lives in Canada, but airport closures and closed borders have him stuck in Tunisia. He’s been trying to find a way home for the past couple of weeks. Fortunately, he has “a backlog of about 4,000 pictures” to upload and says this will “keep him busy.” We hope you get home soon, Michael! 
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    • Find a Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Stacey Shaw, our feature Volunteer of the Month for February 2020! Find A Grave has provided Stacey with some of her best leads in family history research. She’s met some of the “nicest people” and “wanted to help others” as volunteers had helped her. 
      Julia nominated Stacey for going the extra mile and finding her mother’s grave. She was an infant when her mother tragically passed on. Frustration and confusion set in over the years searching for her burial location, as the cemetery seemed to no longer exist! She reached out to the Find A Grave community and found Stacey, asking if she would keep an eye out for her mother’s headstone in the local cemeteries.
      Stacey “enjoys the hunt when walking around looking for headstones” and started researching right away. A visit to the public library proved the cemetery name had changed, which is why it was elusive. She drove to the nearby cemetery, found and photographed the headstone, and then uploaded it to the Find A Grave memorial. Julia was grateful and overwhelmed, saying that she “will never forget this.” Find A Grave members are astounding, going above and beyond to assist others! In Stacey’s words, “the family’s reaction is priceless” and always makes her smile.
      Our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are a Find A Grave member and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
      We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to feedback@findagrave.com.
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    • African American Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War
      Approximately 180,000 African American men fought in the Civil War. Their bravery and courage played a crucial role in helping the United States Army to victory. Twenty-five of those soldiers were recipients of the highest military award for valor – the Medal of Honor. To honor their service and sacrifice, we have gathered their Find A Grave memorials together into a virtual cemetery that yields inspiring stories of their heroism.
      For example, Christian Abraham Fleetwood served as a sergeant major in the 4th Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry. On September 29, 1864, Fleetwood’s regiment fought in the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm near Richmond, Virginia. While charging the enemy, a fellow soldier bearing two flags was wounded. Fleetwood grabbed the colors before they could touch the ground, and when it became clear that he couldn’t penetrate the enemy line, he retreated back to the reserve line and used the flag to rally more soldiers. 
      Fleetwood’s official Medal of Honor citation reads, “Seized the colors, after two color bearers had been shot down, and bore them nobly through the fight.”
      We’ve gathered Fleetwood’s and all other African American Medal of Honor recipients Find A Grave memorials together in one place. Click on each memorial in the virtual cemetery to read the Medal of Honor citations. 
      Take a moment during Black History Month to learn more about the brave and selfless sacrifices of these Medal of Honor recipients. 
      -Find A Grave Team
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    • In Memoriam 2019
      In Memoriam 2019
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