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