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General Information
Website type: Online database
Registration: Optional
Language: English
Owned by: Jim Tipton
Alexa rank: ▲ Up 4,116 August 2, 2012 [1]
Country: United States (US)
Current status: Active

Find A Grave is a commercial website providing free access and input to an online database of cemetery records. It was founded in 1998 as a DBA[2] and incorporated in 2000.[3][4]


According to the founder, Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton,[5] the website was developed in 1995 to address the lack of any existing site that catered to his hobby of visiting the graves of celebrities. After some time, an online forum was created on the site.[6] The site contains millions of records .[7]

Content and features[]

The website contains listings of cemeteries and graves from all around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain Google Maps (with GPS coordinates supplied by contributors) and photographs of the cemeteries. Individual grave records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs (grave marker, the individual, etc.), and contributor information.[8] A registered user may create memorials without any fact checking or review. Although an active user forum exists it is still possible that memorials are duplicated, incomplete or incorrect therefore, serious Genealogists should check alternate sources or personally visit gravesites. Find a Grave relies on the integrity of its registered users and has strict policies against the uploading copyrighted material.

Interment listings are provided by individuals[9] or genealogical societies.[10] Major institutional contributors to Find A Grave include the US Veterans Department,[11] the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and American Battle Monuments Commission,[12] and the International Wargraves Photography Project.[13]

Contributors must register as members to submit listings, which are called memorials on the website. Upon submitting a listing, that member becomes the manager of the listing, but may transfer management. Only the current manager of a listing may edit the listing, although members and non-members may send correction requests regarding listings. Members and non-members can submit notations, which consist of images or pictures or flowers, flags, religious symbols, etc., which are posted on the individual listings. Managers of listings may post links to other listings of spouses and parents for genealogical purposes. Members may also request photos of graves which then other members can fulfill.[14]

Find A Grave also maintains links to memorials of famous persons such as Medal of Honor recipients,[15] religious figures,[16] and educators.[17] Find A Grave exercises editorial control over these listings.[18]

See also[]

  • Canadian Headstones
  • – an on-line database of transcriptions from grave markers
  • Poets' Graves
  • Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – defunct United Kingdom based website that hosted posts of gravesite photographs
  • Tombstone tourist


  1. Site Info. Alexa Internet. Retrieved on 2012-08-02.
  2. Utah Secretary of State Entity No. 2442925-0151 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  3. Utah Secretary of State Entity No. 4729413-0143 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  4. Delaware Department of State: Division of Corporations Entity File No. 3168328 Retrieved November 11, 2011
  5. Find A Grave Contributor: Jim Tipton. Find A Grave (2007). Retrieved on May 11, 2012.
  6. Maynard, Meleah. "Grave Matters: Minnesota's dead are only a click away",, February 16, 2000. Retrieved on September 8, 2012. 
  7. Find a Grave. Find A Grave. Retrieved on September 8, 2012.
  8. Find A Grave: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  9. Loudon, Bennett J.. "Civil War history carved in stone in Pittsford", Gannett, August 30, 2011. Retrieved on September 28, 2011. 
  10. Moody, Sharon Tate. "Find A Grave can shorten the search", Tampa Bay Online, January 24, 2010. Retrieved on December 28, 2011. “The entries with tombstone photographs obviously are reliable, but if the entry is based only on a paper record of the interment (without a photograph), it's easy to mistype the date, so you're bound to find errors.” 
  11. Find A Grave: Member Record number 5 (1.9 million records)
  12. Find A Grave: Member Record number 6 (750,000 records)
  13. Find A Grave: Member Record number 46770518 (1.6 million records)
  14. Find A Grave FAQs: 'How do I submit a photo request?'. Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  15. Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor Recipients. Retrieved on 2012-05-31.
  16. Claim to Fame: Religious figures. (1954-10-11). Retrieved on 2012-05-31.
  17. Claim to Fame: Educators. Retrieved on 2012-05-31.
  18. Famous Bio Guidelines. (1935-05-02). Retrieved on 2012-05-31.


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