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October 13, 2007

Genealogy: ‘Find a Grave’ tremendous on many different levels

TERRE HAUTE — “Find a Grave” is a tremendous Web site on many different levels. It was originally created with the objective of setting up an area where visitors could find the burial locations of famous and infamous people like entertainers, explorers, writers, artists, composers, politicians, and criminals – and then view a picture of the celebrity’s grave. However, the content of the site has grown to include information on the burials of more than 18 million “ordinary” people in cemeteries around the world.

This is the place to check if you are looking for the burial place of an ancestor or relative. At “Find a Grave” you can do a search by name, or by cemetery and location. If you discover the grave you are looking for, you can leave a virtual memorial of flowers to the person. There may also be a photo of the grave for you to download. If you can’t find a particular grave listed in the database, but have the information yourself, you can add your family member to the list of interments for a particular cemetery. You can also contribute to the site by uploading a photo of the person or the gravestone to place on the site.

By registering and becoming member, you can keep a list of your favorite cemeteries and create a “virtual cemetery” made up of your family members. Members can also request a photo of a particular grave in a faraway cemetery. There are volunteers who will go out and take the requested pictures and then upload them to the Web site for you to view. You can also register as a volunteer to fulfill photo requests for cemeteries in your area. Registration and membership are free. This is definitely a useful tool in the search for the burial places of family members.

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