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    Fallen Gravers

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    Remembering Find A Grave Members who have passed away.


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

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  4. Military Discussion

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


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  5. Cemetery and Research

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    General issues and techniques involved with cemetery preservation. 


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  • Our picks

    • Find A Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to James Bassi and Anne Macnair, our featured Volunteers of the Month for December, 2019!
      James’ interest in Find A Grave started while researching his family tree on Ancestry. He discovered hints that led to Find A Grave memorials. He shared his discoveries with his mother Anne, and together the two of them developed a passion for research. They find joy in helping others by adding headstone photos and memorials for thousands of strangers to Find A Grave.
      James and Anne have added over 6000 headstone photos and memorials in the past couple of months alone! One branch of their family tree is from Italy, so James and Anne planned a trip to visit Italy last summer. While there, they photographed as many cemeteries as possible. Their purpose was “to provide information for the relatives abroad that don’t have a chance to visit so they could see the resting place of their loved ones.” They each have a favorite cemetery that they visited while in Italy, Anne loved Cimitero di Isola di Compiano while James connected with Cimitero di Compiano.
      The interesting discoveries and stories they find while photographing makes the research even more exciting for them. For instance, they photographed a headstone that included a statue of a child holding a flower. One would assume that the burial was for a child, but they discovered the headstone was actually a lovely tribute for a teacher. 
      It’s exhilarating and moving to watch memorials being added to the site globally. Find A Grave expands each day thanks to our members. We’ve translated the site into nine different languages to make it even easier for more people to join the Find A Grave community. Language preference can be changed from the language dropdown at the base of the homepage.
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    • iOS App Updated
      Version 1.6.1  of the iOS Find A Grave app has been released. 
      Crash and bug fixes
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    • Wreaths Across America
      December is a wonderful time to spend with family, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the future. We hope your December is full of love and joy as you celebrate the holidays with loved ones and share memories of family and friends that have passed.
      In this season of giving, many of us look for meaningful ways to make a difference. We’d like to mention one organization that could use your help. Wreaths Across America remembers fallen U.S. Veterans by placing honor wreaths at veteran’s headstones in more than 1700 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. For more information about sponsoring a wreath, check their website. You can also donate your time by volunteering to lay wreaths on December 14th. They need individuals and groups to help with this large undertaking. Click here to search for locations near you and be sure to read more about the story behind the wreaths and how this breathtaking tradition began.
      (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi) We encourage members, as well as friends and family, to get involved with this outstanding organization that honors Veterans. If you volunteer at the cemetery on December 14, take your camera or smartphone and photograph the headstones before and after laying the wreaths. Make sure that your location services are enabled. Then when you upload the headstone photo to Find A Grave, the GPS location will automatically add to the memorial page. Many veteran’s memorials include headstone photos on Find A Grave, but they don’t include headstone photos with these beautiful honor wreaths. We’d love to see that on the site, making sure that the inscribed headstone is fully visible. For those who’d like to contribute virtually, we’ve added an honor wreath to our virtual flowers under the holidays’ section.
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    • Find A Grave Volunteer of the Month
      Congratulations to Krista Al Qirim, our featured volunteer of the month for November, 2019! 
      Krista has loved visiting cemeteries since she was a child. Her extended family lived just behind this one. When asked about her experience in cemeteries she mused, “There is something wonderful about reading the stones and witnessing the last, loving tribute to someone who is gone.” The memorials she creates are from various sources. She has used film, digital photography and also notebooks to record inscriptions. Mowing the rows at the cemetery and then uploading the photos from her computer is her favorite source method. She’s glad that there are multiple ways to contribute to Find A Grave. In Krista’s words, “It’s about caring enough to memorialize someone and preserve them in history… It’s beautiful, really.” 
      Krista and her spouse, Tommy, do great work at the cemeteries. They use a flash set to light up the headstone at the exact moment the image is captured. Check out these before and after images of the headstones! 
      To achieve these amazing results, Krista and Tommy mount their flash on a telescoping monopod and hold it about a foot away from the side of the stone. This allows the light from the flash to strike flat across the surface at the same moment they snap a photo. Some other methods of casting light on a headstone are using a mirror, foil, bright LED flashlight or choosing the right time of day according to the angle of the sun. 
      Krista and Tommy, our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries. We are so glad that you are Find A Grave members 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 volunteers for consideration for future months, please send an email with details of their work to feedback@findagrave.com.
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    • New Search on Find A Grave
      We’re excited to announce a new search for Find A Grave memorials! Click here to try it out. Right now the new search looks similar to the regular search, but uses a different search engine. We’ll make updates to its appearance in the future. We’d love for you to try the same search on new search and regular search so you can see how they compare.
      Here are some added options for the new search:
      Last name is no longer required. We’ve added the option to include a spouse, sibling or parent in your search.  The date range options include +/-1 , +/-3 , +/-5 birth and death years as well as exact, before and after. Search by Contributor ID to find memorials within yours and others management. There is an option to make your name search fuzzy that will help find names which might have a letter missing or a slight misspelling. Added partial or prefix search similar to the old search for the first and middle name fields (Ben will find Benjamin and L will find Larry). The spouse, parent, child or sibling names can also be partial spellings. In the name fields, you can use the ? or * wild cards. ? replaces one letter. * represents 0 to many letters. E.g. Sorens?n or Wil* There are also some differences that you won’t notice in the fields, but may notice in your results:
      Today, when a search returns more than 10,000 matches we just show an error message. The new search will show you the first 10,000 matches and the sort options will work on the full result list. If you’ve added a spouse, sibling or parent, their name and relationship will be included in the result. We’ve made the search header stay at the top of the screen as you scroll. You can use it to refine your search, sort your results or change the page number to jump to later pages (up to page 500). We’ve received great feedback and suggestions and look forward to more sent our way through our Beta Search Discussion page, pointed out below, or feedback@findagrave.com.
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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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