This topic comes up every once in a while, normally from people searching for ancestry, confirming a death in the family, or simply wanting to find out where a friend, loved one or family member may be buried. I have found that the free search site, www.findagrave.com, is a trustworthy tool for such questions. I have confirmed its validity by searching for my own parents, both of which have passed and are buried in two separate cemeteries in different states. My father’s site, is particularly difficult as it’s nearly off the grid in a small town with a population of less than 5000 people.
The site reveals the picture of the grave site (in many cases), as well as an option to send flowers or other gifts. In my Dad’s case, the site was not a traditional gravesite, but in a location where multiple people were cremated. The deceased are memorialized with a plaque on the box where they were laid to rest. While www.findagrave.com does NOT reveal all site locations, it is an excellent place of reference for finding current and historical grave sites. The website even has a section where you can locate celebrity grave sites.
I have to thank all of the contributors that have made this site a fantastic tool for locating these grave sites. The site while helpful and ran by one entity, is truly the driving force of all the contributing people that have spent the time to take pictures and keep this site relevant for this purpose.
Who is behind Find A Grave? Well, first and foremost, you are. Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour. The site simply wouldn’t exist without the million+ contributors. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton. In addition to Jim, there are a handful of folks who work behind the scenes, helping out with Find A Grave on a daily basis.
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The contributors have recorded over 132 million resting places. I hope you find this reference tool as useful as it was to me.