Katrina posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,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.
Mark posted a topic in Resolved,FIX
Better emphasize which memorial will be kept when reporting a duplicate. A few rare issues that would cause reporting duplicates to not work. Hide reported flowers until they are reviewed.
Issue causing images to sometimes fail to load for siblings. Issue causing ordering list by date created to show 'unknown'. Trim extra spaces when pasting number for transferring a memorial in Firefox. UI fix for message when reporting a flower.
Issue causing claimed by info to not show up after page 1 on photo request lists.
Mark posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,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?
Find A Grave posted a blog entry in Find A Grave,In the last couple of days we have rolled several bug fixes, security updates and a few enhancements to the site. Among the changes are:
Condensed List View. We’ve created a condensed view option for many lists on the site including memorial and cemetery search, virtual cemeteries and more). The condensed view removes the thumbnail and condenses or in some cases reduces the other information in the list, it also allows you to print a condensed version of the list. You can switch between the condensed and regular list view using the toggle at the top right of the list.
Rotating memorial photos. If you accidentally upload a photo that is not facing the right way, just click on the photo and use the rotate arrow buttons below it to fix it. You’ll only see the buttons for photos you have uploaded.
Photo Request Numbers Updates. In the header, on the right side of the top of the site we show the number of photo requests in your area in a green circle above the icon of a camera. This used to show all photo requests and it showed for everyone. With these updates, that number will only include the photo requests you have claimed and the unclaimed requests in your area. Also, the number will no longer show for people who have not chosen to be photo volunteers.
Improved thumbnails. In some list views, the thumbnail images were a bit blurry. We’ve fixed that and also reduced the size of the thumbnail to make those lists more compact.
We are constantly working to improve the site and really appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Many of the changes with these recent updates came directly from suggestions we have received. If you have an idea for something to make the site better, please send it to us at email@example.com.
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Find A Grave posted a question in Ask the Community,Thanks for all your responses to our post about the upcoming changes to the site. We have been reading them and really appreciate your feedback and support. Paul, one of our developers, wrote up this note that goes into a bit more detail than that first message, for those of you who are interested.
As one of the Find A Grave developers I thought you might appreciate it if I were to write a post explaining our reasoning behind changing the site, as well as some things to expect going forward. Find A Grave was created by Jim Tipton in the 1990’s to pursue his passion of visiting the graves of famous people. Find A Grave has always been free, and will continue to be a free website supported by ads.
Since then Find A Grave has seen amazing growth, and has thrived thanks to the contributions of users like you. But the classic version of the website is starting to show its age. The code is written in technologies that are no longer supported and that inherently contain security vulnerabilities. Features were added to the site in a piecemeal fashion that makes it very difficult for us to maintain the old codebase while at the same time upgrading all the underlying infrastructure.
One of the most noticeable changes with the new version is the user interface. We needed to make the site mobile friendly. The reason the layout has changed so much is largely due to this requirement. We understand that a change this significant can be hard. It’s not easy to learn a new interface, especially when the previous interface has been around for 20 years. But we feel like this layout will be much easier for new users to learn. And we hope that our old users will take the time to learn how to use it. We will include many tutorial videos explaining how the new interface works in order to help users who are struggling with the changes.