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  1. Find A Grave Q&A

    Ask the Community

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    • Ask the Community "How do I?" questions about the Find A Grave website.
    • Open to both member questions and member answers. 
    • Review the Help section for answers to the most common questions. 


    Ask a Curator

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    • Questions pertinent to a Curator response will receive a response here.
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    Report Site Issue

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    • Report possible software bugs or issues on the website.
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  2. Corrections, Challenges, and Statistics

    Cemetery Corrections and Updates

    Mark Van Hoose

    Member Challenge Questions


    Various Site Statistics and Updates

  3. Social Discussion

    Fallen Gravers

    1,948 posts

    Remembering Find A Grave Members who have passed away.


    Famous Graves

    1,706 posts

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


    In the News

    1,342 posts

    Cemeteries in the News....


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


    Success Stories

    250 posts

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

  4. Military Discussion

    American Civil War

    499 posts

    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?


    World War I

    242 posts

    First World War, The Great War, and the War to End All Wars


    World War II

    515 posts

    Second World War


    Discussions concerning other wars and conflicts

  5. Cemetery and Research

    Cemetery Preservation

    1,180 posts

    General issues and techniques involved with cemetery preservation. 


    Research Resources

    8,010 posts

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



    9,126 posts

    Research issues related to a specific surname. If you start a new thread, please be sure to include the surname in the thread title!



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  6. Classic Find A Grave Archives

    • Community posts for the classic Find A Grave site which was retired on November 7, 2017.
    • Content here is considered out of date


    Classic Ask a Curator

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    • Curator posts for the classic Find A Grave site which was retired on November 7, 2017.
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  • Our picks

    • iOS App Updated
      Version 1.5.6  of the iOS Find A Grave app has been released. 
      Crash and bug fixes.
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    • Android App Updated
      Version 2.4.1 of the Android app has been released. 
      Fixed toggling between the cemetery map and cemetery list. Also fixed an issue with searching for cemeteries by name.
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    • Unmapped Cemeteries By US County October 2019
      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 Community Days
      Find A Grave Community Days are here again, October 4-6, 2019!
      Are you a graver, a taphophile, a cemetery enthusiast, or do you know others who might be? This is the time to share your interests and plan or join a Cemetery Meetup to photograph gravestones and preserve history. The work you do in cemeteries is appreciated by people all over the world. Cemeteries draw us in. The headstones record lives lived, vital information, and even discovery of more about the person from the stone’s inscription and icons. Finding, photographing, and creating a memorial on Find A Grave preserves history for generations, while memorializing and honoring those that have gone before us.
      We’ve all run across a stone partially covered in moss, soil, sunken or containing a faded inscription and wished it had been photographed sooner, like this interesting and beautiful one here. Find A Grave Community Days is the perfect chance to record history before it’s too late! 
      To plan or join a local cemetery meetup for Find A Grave Community Days follow the instructions here. If you aren’t already a member of the Find A Grave Forums you’ll need to register an account at www.findagraveforums.com. This is a separate registration from the main site. Check the map and see what cemetery meetups have been planned near you – then register and join up. If you don’t see a scheduled event near you, then gather your family, friends, civic or church group and plan a meetup!
      For helpful tips, check out some other blog posts such as our Cemetery Guide, tips on photographing headstones, pinning GPS locations while at the cemetery, and becoming a Photo Volunteer.
      Thank you for joining Find A Grave Community Days 2019!
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    • Photo Volunteers and Photo Request
      Whether you have a spare 15 minutes or an entire afternoon, you can make someone’s day by fulfilling a headstone photo request. 
      Why Photograph Headstones? 
      Headstones often contain a treasure trove of information. In addition to names, headstones might include birthdate and place, death date, the names of family members, unique inscriptions, symbols or icons, and other clues to religion, military service, fraternal organizations, and more. A simple headstone photograph can unlock the door to additional genealogical research! For example, the admirable castle on the headstone here is the logo for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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    • Calling All Beta Testers!
      We are looking for people who would like to join our beta test group and help us as we make improvements to the site. 
      As part of the beta test group, you might be invited to try out new features we are working on, answer survey questions about possible changes to the site, participate in usability tests and more. 
      If you are interested, send an email to feedback@findagrave.com with “Beta Testing” in the subject line and we’ll add you to the group.
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    • GPS on Find A Grave
      Why are GPS coordinates important for graves? 
      It’s a great question. Have you ever visited a cemetery, wandered around for an hour looking for the grave, then finally left the flowers with someone else? I have! When GPS coordinates are added to a memorial it allows anyone to easily find and walk to the headstone or grave. In addition, that grave is also verified and recorded by a volunteer. This is important as the verified location of a grave can be a vital piece of the puzzle for your research. It’s probable that other family members are buried in neighboring plots or nearby. It’s also possible that a person’s burial location is near the location where they were living. This information can help in closing connections for those you’re researching. With GPS added, there’s no need to wander the cemetery or hope for your childhood memory to find the grave. Anyone will be able to visit the grave by walking directly to it.

      What is GPS?
      Any location in the world can be found through GPS coordinates. The Global Positioning System consists of over 30 navigation satellites orbiting the earth. This system makes it possible for people to receive their location from these satellites through hand held receivers. These receivers can be a smartphone or standalone GPS receivers. For the purposes of Find A Grave we use the decimal degrees format in latitude and longitude (+-dd.dddd, +-dd.dddd). If you use a smartphone then you can photograph headstones and upload GPS coordinates at the same time while using the free Find A Grave app, which you can download here.
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    • Find A Grave Headstone Photography
      It’s late afternoon and you need to stretch your legs, why not grab a friend and head over to photograph headstones in a local cemetery? You’ll get your daily dose of exercise, fresh air, and your headstone photos will help others with their research far into the future. You can even fulfill some photo requests!
      Before you leave on your cemetery outing, you’ll want to: 
      Check out our Cemetery Guide.  Download the free Find A Grave app   
      Here are some suggestions and tips for photographing a headstone.  
        Use a camera or cellphone with GPS enabled to add the grave’s location.  Make sure your lens is clean and avoid including your fingers, feet, or shadow.  Make sure the stone is readable; remove debris such as soil, leaves, or twigs. Take multiple photos. This will give you more choices when uploading photos to the site.  Photograph the entire headstone straight on so that it nearly fills the frame. If the stone is upright, you may need to kneel to get the best shot. You can photograph at different readable angles as well.  If the headstone has multiple sides with text, then photograph each side.  A close up of text on the headstone.  An area photo of the stone, giving context and showing surroundings of the grave.  A shadow can help text be more pronounced, morning or evening may be best.  Consider using reflective material (such as mirror or foil on flat surface) to cast light on the stone.  If there is not a marker for the grave, take photos of the grave location in context to the surrounding stones. Add to the caption that the grave is unmarked.   
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    • Cemetery Guide
      Plan your trip
      Wherever you are, you can generally find a cemetery nearby. Volunteers often look locally to find cemeteries to visit, but if you are traveling, search in those areas. Search for cemeteries here on Find A Grave and also the Find A Grave app. 
      It’s important to ask permission before you arrive at the cemetery. Ensure that you follow any cemetery policies and guidelines.  
      Go Prepared
      When it comes to cemetery visits, the Boy Scout motto “Be prepared” really comes in handy. While you might feel like you’re packing for a trip to the top of Mt. Everest, the supplies you bring may well determine the success of your trip.
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    • Thank You to the outstanding Find A Grave Community
      Our heartfelt THANK YOU to the millions of Find A Grave members worldwide! Find A Grave flourishes because of you! 
      Maybe you’ve been with us since 1995 and maybe you just joined our community. Members all over the world share in Find A Grave’s mission to “find, record, and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.” This involves:
      Traveling to cemeteries Taking photos of headstones  Transcribing information from the headstones  Noting plot locations  Pinning GPS locations for headstones and burial locations  Uploading all that information, including headstone photos, to memorials created on Find A Grave Researching further and updating memorial pages, managed by you or others, including adding additional photos about or of the individual being memorialized.  
      Thanks to your contributions over the past 24 years, our memorials database is the largest in the world and gets bigger and better as our community works together, not only documenting headstones but also building memorials to honor the deceased. All that information you’ve provided is available for free to anyone looking for an ancestor, a friend or their favorite film star.
      We’d like to share some site numbers, so you can see the impact that you have made and why we are so grateful to you!

      As these numbers came in, we were astounded. Wow! This mission to document headstones, locations, burials, and dispositions worldwide is one that we could never do without you. Let me say that again, Find A Grave exists because of YOU, you wonderful people! Generations to come will be grateful for your hard work and dedication.
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