Lucky are the researchers who live in or near the places that their ancestors walked! Me, I'm not so lucky so I'm always on the lookout for online resources that will help in my search for family members.
The Find A Grave website is a great source of death and burial records. Contributed by genealogists and family researchers, thousands of final resting place records for locations all over the world can be found on this site. Even grave sites of famous people can be found here.
The site has a friendly search engine in which you can locate people or cemeteries, if you would rather browse the names of those interred. Some entries will have only basic data such as birth and death dates while others will have photographs of the actual headstone. If you find a name without a photo, there is the ability to request a photograph. An automatic email will be sent to those volunteers in the location of the cemetery and, hopefully, within a short period of time, you will receive an email stating that your request has been filled. I have had several wonderful people help me find pictures.
Find a Grave depends on its contributors to help it grow. Adding burial information is quick and easy although you must register first which takes a minute or two and is free of charge. Once your memorial is completed it is instantly ready for others to view. Visitors to the memorial have the options of leaving virtual flowers or notes in lieu of an actual visit which is often impossible. Contributors can also be easily contacted through email for questions, corrections, or comments. Visitors can also request that the memorial be transferred to them so additional information or photographs can be added personally.
Do you want to keep the final resting places of your ancestors, family members, others together for easy viewing? Find A Graves's Virtual Cemeteries application is for you! There are a variety of ways to keep these groups and the members of each virtual cemetery do not have to all be buried in the same cemetery. It's a good way to keep the burial records handy for researching purposes. You can even create a virtual cemetery for the famous people that you admire.
Give Find a Grave a chance to become one of your "go to" research sites. There is search box for the site at the bottom of this blog page so scroll on down and give it a try. http://www.findagrave.com