Find A Grave Could Be Better

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Amy Johnson Crowe recently posted one of the best blogs I’ve seen for a while. She explains how we all love Find a Grave, but since the “numbers” of memorial pages that folks make are posted, there are people who post for the numbers – and family members may not get a chance to make the initial memorial as they should have. Following is a teaser from her blog. The blog is detailed, and gives examples. The comments GO ON FOREVER! You can tell that the blog hit a nerve within the genealogical community.

Anyone who makes a free FindAGrave account can add memorial pages. This allows people to add tombstones they come across in their cemetery explorations as well as adding memorials for any deceased individual.

What’s good about this is that we now have a resource filled with information and photographs that we didn’t have before. We also have a way to request photos of tombstones. (Even if you can’t see it in person, there is something special about seeing your ancestor’s tombstone.)

What’s bad about this is that some people have turned it into a numbers game. They feel the need to have the most memorials and be the first to create a memorial (even before the family has an opportunity). This leads to incomplete memorials and family members feeling hurt.

Read the full blog.

Ancestry Find A Grave Community Day is October 17

I see that Ancestry is sponsoring another Find a Grave Community Day. This year it’s on Saturday, October 17. The following is from Ancestry’s blog.

Last year was an amazing success thanks to you, our incredible volunteers, who visited over 100 cemeteries and contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014. In hopes of beating the 2014 record, we are hosting this global meetup again on Saturday, October 17th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave.

Read more.

Read the full blog.

FamilySearch Adds Over 19.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2014 – 0 – 299,060 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Canadian Headstones – 240,168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 4,835,296 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 314,770 – 314,770 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865–1874 – 0 – 513 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 – 7,120,120 – 6,113,876 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 125.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the USA #Genealogy

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch has added more than 125.4 million indexed records and images to collections from the United States. Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Find A Grave Index – 124,060,301 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 – 761,569 – 68,847 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010 – 11,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 5,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, White County Records, 1809–1975 – 0 – 124 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887–1938 – 0 – 92,654 – New browsable image collection.

US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 – 0 – 497,490 – Added images to an existing collection.

New iPhone App For “Find A Grave”

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A new iPhone app has been produced for Find A Grave. This is a Find A Grave by Ancestry App, and it does some pretty cool stuff. The App is produced in the following languages: English, Arabic, Bokmål, Norwegian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

More than 100 million graves in half a million cemeteries around the world are now at your fingertips with the new mobile app. The App requires iOS 7.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is optimized for iPhone 5. They say that an Android App is on the way.

From the App, you can search for memorials, and search for cemeteries. Using your location, can can see what cemeteries are nearby, and in many cases you can even ascertain what headstones need to be photographed – either on request, or just to complete the database.

I wanted to actually get away and fulfill some photo requests at a cemetery nearby, but just haven’t had the time to get down there yet… Maybe this weekend…

Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave

Ancestry.com has acquired Findagrave.com. That’s not surprising, as the Find A Grave data is essential to genealogy research. Ancestry promises to keep Find A Grave a free site – and they will build mobile apps for entering data, the same thing that Billion Graves has done.
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Click on this link for FAQ’s from Jim Tipton, Find A Grave’s Founder.

The following is an Ancestry.com News Release.

September 30, 2013 PROVO, Utah, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC announced today it has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database.

With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs and cemetery preservationists. Find A Grave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and will continue to be managed by its founder, Jim Tipton.

Find A Grave is an amazing phenomenon supported by a passionate and engaged community of volunteers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “We at Ancestry.com are so excited…honored really…to take on the responsibility of supporting this community. We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain its existing policies and mode of operation, and look forward to working with Jim Tipton and the entire Find A Grave team to accelerate the development of tools designed to make it even easier for the Find A Grave community to fulfill its original mission to capture every tombstone on Earth.”

Ancestry.com plans to bolster the resources dedicated to Find A Grave to launch a new mobile app, improve customer support, introduce an enhanced edit system for submitting updates to memorials, foreign-language support, and other site improvements.

“Ancestry.com has been a long-time supporter of Find A Grave. They have been linking and driving traffic to the site for several years,” said Jim Tipton, founder of Find A Grave. “Burial information is a wonderful source for people researching their family history and I look forward to working with Ancestry.com to help continue our growth and accelerate the pace of improvements.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 50 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the Company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

About Find A Grave
Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it’s an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos and biographies. Visitors can leave ‘virtual flowers’ on memorials to complete the online cemetery experience. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier, online destination for tombstone visitors.

Hixston Wisconsin’s Trinity Rest Cemetery Headstone Photos Uploaded to FindaGrave.com

The following teaser is about one women’s quest to document online the graves of Trinity Rest Cemetery, located in Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin.

Hixton’s Trinity Rest Cemetery has been a beautiful and peaceful final resting place for Trinity Rest Cemetery, October 09, 2010  Photo by R. Melissa Reiningergenerations. Now, through the magic of modern technology, everyone in the world is only a click away from being able to locate this serene place without leaving their computer chairs.

The cemetery has been photo documented and its information made available on a genealogical website for those seeking information on their Hixton ancestors. This was done due to the dedication of a woman whose southern roots and traditions along with her love of genealogy made it a perfect project for her to get to know Hixton’s citizens of the past.

Melissa Reininger, who has called Hixton her home for the past six years, made countless visits to the cemetery, uploaded over 1,000 photos of gravestones and memorial monuments and created close to 700 memorials for Trinity Rest to FindAGrave.com, a website used by genealogists to locate family members and their resting places all over the country. Because of her efforts, a family member of those resting there can now go online and “visit” the gravesite of their loved one by putting their name in the search window.

Read the full article in the December 29, 2010 edition of the Jackson County Chronicle.