Society Saturday – Find A Grave – Post flowers on your Ancestor’s Tombstone – Digitally

At our genealogy club meeting last month a gentleman in the group taught us the benefits and uses of findagrave.com.  I use findagrave quite a bit to look up tombstone information but never realized all of the other great benefits to it.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 7.16.40 PMFirst of all it is a free site, and always should be.  Jim Tipton started it in 1995 and ran it with the help of volunteers.  He wanted to keep it free and easy for people to use.  His hobby is visiting the graves of famous people.  And there is a whole section of famous graves on the site.  Recently ancestry.com bought it with the provision that is would remain free forever.

As a casual researcher you do not need to register or be a member to use findagrave.com.  You just go to their site and search.  But he showed us the benefits of becoming a member.  It is free and a quick process.  Once you have registered you will be able to add photos and comments on online the grave markers.  You can sign up to search for tombstones and take pictures for people in the cemeteries near you.  You can upload tombstones and information yourself and become the caretaker for those tombstones.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 7.17.45 PMAnd you can add digital flowers and notes to the site.  I thought this was really neat as most of my ancestors are buried in other states and this way I can remember them on Memorial Day and the flowers and notes will stay online forever.  I am very excited to start contributing pictures, comments, flowers, and notes on findagrave.com.  Memorial day is next week so I better get to work.

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About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted wife of 20 years and mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 8-year-old son and her youngest son is a toddler. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eight years. Her mission at Tulsa Homeschool Happenings is to provide a “one-stop” local community hub online that will help homeschooling families in our area fulfill their individual missions while connecting with the greater homeschooling community.
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