Just under two years ago I discovered Find A Grave and fell in love instantly. There is so much information that can be found on tombstones. But, lets face it, we can’t drive all over the countryside to all the cemeteries that might be the final resting place of our ancestors.That’s where Find A Grave comes in. Anyone can sign up to be a contributor and go take pictures to post. This is how it works. Lets say I found my Great Grandpa on the site who was buried in Missouri, but there isn’t a picture of his tombstone yet. I would click the request photo button and someone near that cemetery would go take the picture and post it for me. As a volunteer I in turn go take pictures at cemeteries close by me. It’s a great plan of sharing and volunteering for the greater cause…genealogy!
So, what happens if you search for an ancestor and they don’t show up? If you have personal knowledge or a death record that tells what cemetery they are buried in then you can create a memorial page for them. Once you do that then you can request someone take a photo for you. It’s that easy!
Below is a picture of my Grandpa Hornbeck’s memorial page. You can see I have added a picture of him and my Grandma as well as their tombstone. The other great thing is you can link families together. He is linked to his wife, parents, and deceased children. When you click on the links it will take you directly to those memorials.
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I can’t say enough about this website. It is one of my favorites.