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Find a Grave

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Template:Infobox Website Find A Grave is a commercial website that allows the public to access and add to an online database of cemetery records.


The site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton, who sought a site to cater to his hobby of visiting the burial sites of celebrities.[1] He later added an online forum.[2] It was launched as a commercial entity in 1998, first as a DBA[3] and then incorporated in 2000.[4][5]

The site later expanded to allow non-famous graves.

On September 30, 2013, announced its acquisition of the company. Tipton said of the purchase that had, "...been linking and driving traffic to the site for several years. Burial information is a wonderful source for people researching their family history....” planned 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."[6]

As of June 2014, the site contained over 116 million burial records[7] and 75 million photos[6] worldwide.

Content and features

The website contains listings of cemeteries and graves from around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain Google Maps (with GPS coordinates supplied by contributors) 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.[8]

Interment listings are provided by individuals,[9] genealogical societies,[10] and the International Wargraves Photography Project.[11]

Contributors must register as members to submit listings, which are called memorials on the website. Upon submitting a listing, that member becomes the manager of the listing, but may transfer management. Only the current manager of a listing may edit the listing. Members and non-members may send correction requests regarding listings. Members and non-members can submit notations, which consist of images or pictures or flowers, flags, religious symbols, etc., which are posted on the individual listings, usually including a message of sympathy or condolence. Managers of listings may connect them via hyperlink to listings of deceased spouses and parents for genealogical purposes. Members may also request photos of graves which other members may then fulfill.[12]

Find A Grave also maintains links to memorials of famous persons such as Medal of Honor recipients,[13] religious figures,[14] educators[15] and miscellaneous other celebrities. Find A Grave exercises editorial control over these listings.[16]

See also


  1. "Find A Grave Contributor: Jim Tipton". Find A Grave. 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  2. Maynard, Meleah (February 16, 2000). "Grave Matters: Minnesota's dead are only a click away". City Pages (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota: Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  3. Utah Secretary of State Entity No. 2442925-0151 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  4. Utah Secretary of State Entity No. 4729413-0143 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  5. Delaware Department of State: Division of Corporations Entity File No. 3168328 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 " Acquires Find A Grave". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. "Find a Grave". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  8. Find A Grave: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  9. Loudon, Bennett J. (August 30, 2011). "Civil War history carved in stone in Pittsford". Democrat and Chronicle (Gannett). Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  10. Moody, Sharon Tate (January 24, 2010). "Find A Grave can shorten the search". The Tampa Tribune ( Tampa Bay Online). Retrieved December 28, 2011. "The entries with tombstone photographs obviously are reliable, but if the entry is based only on a paper record of the interment (without a photograph), it's easy to mistype the date, so you're bound to find errors." 
  11. Find A Grave: Member Record number 46770518 (1.6 million records)
  12. "Find A Grave FAQs: 'How do I submit a photo request?'". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  13. "Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  14. "Claim to Fame: Religious figures". 1954-10-11. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  15. "Claim to Fame: Educators". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  16. "Famous Bio Guidelines". 1935-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 



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