- Find A Grave
url = [http://www.findagrave.com www.findagrave.com]
name = Findagrave.com
Santa Monica, California
commercial = Yes
type = Online database
registration = Optional
owner = Jim Tipton
author = Jim Tipton
language = English
launch date = 1995
current status = Active
Find A Grave is a
websiteallowing its users to access, maintain and expand an online databaseof burialrecords.
According to the founder, Jim Tipton,cite web | date=2007 | url=http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=1 | title=Find A Grave Contributor: Jim Tipton | work= [http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave] | accessmonthday=February 24 | accessyear=2007] the website was developed in 1995 to address the lack of any existing site that catered to Tipton's
hobbyof visiting the graves of famous people.
Initially the site listed only celebrities, but by 2000 Tipton opened the site to non-famous memorials.
After some time, an
online forumwas created on the site. [cite web|url=http://citypages.com/databank/21/1002/article8434.asp|title=City Pages - Grave Matters|accessdate=2008-03-27]
As of July 2008, the site claims to host 25 million records.
Content and features
FAQstates that the site strives for a comprehensive listing of the burial places of everyone in the world.cite web | date=2007 | url=http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/faq.cgi?faqMode=non#1 | title=Find A Grave FAQ | work= [http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave] | accessmonthday=February 24 | accessyear=2007]
The website contains listings of cemeteries and graves from all around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain
Google Maps(with GPScoordinates supplied by contributors and the U.S. Geological Survey) and photographs of the cemeteries. Individual grave records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs (grave marker, the individual, etc.), and contributor information.
Members are allowed to place on-line
memorials for relatives and friends for no cost. Users receive editing privileges over the memorials. Members may also request photos of graves which Find A Grave volunteers can fulfill.
Find A Grave community
The members of Find A Grave have formed a community over the years of the site's existence. The Find A Grave Forums is a
message boardfor contributors to the main website and persons who are interested in genealogyor cemeteries. Some members engage in a hobby known as "Tombstone Tourism" (the practice of visiting cemeteries purely for personal enjoyment) [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20020209/ai_n12598258 The Complete Guide to Tombstone Tourism, The Independent (UK), 9 Feb 2002] ] , which the people of the site often refer to as "graving".
* [http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave]
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