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Find A Grave’s app makes it easy to lo­cate and record your an­ces­tor’s grave, says Nick Peers

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Use Find A Grave’s app to lo­cate a fi­nal rest­ing place

The Find A Grave web­site claims to of­fer the world’s largest col­lec­tion of grave sites, with more than 170 mil­lion from around the world. You can ac­cess it via your browser at find­a­grave. com, or down­load the free app for An­droid and iOS – just search the rel­e­vant app store for ‘Find A Grave’ (if you use an iPad, you may need to change the ‘Sup­ports’ fil­ter in the search func­tion from ‘iPad Only’).

Find A Grave works on two lev­els. First, you can search the web­site for ex­ist­ing grave­stone in­for­ma­tion to see if any of your an­ces­tors have been found and logged by oth­ers. Sec­ond, you can vol­un­teer to add in­for­ma­tion from your lo­cal ceme­tery, or which­ever ceme­ter­ies you visit in search of your an­ces­tors’ fi­nal burial places.

In this tu­to­rial, we’re go­ing to fo­cus on how to use the Find A Grave mo­bile app on an iPhone to search for your an­ces­tors, and to con­trib­ute pho­tos of head­stones and the de­tails they record (termed ‘mem­o­ries’). This way you’ll be able to keep a per­ma­nent on­line record of your an­ces­tors’ burial spots for pos­ter­ity, and to help other mem­bers of your fam­ily who fol­low in your foot­steps.

Take the time to ex­plore the web­site, as well – once you’re logged in there, you’ll note that ad­di­tional fea­tures are avail­able.

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