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.
First 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.
And 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.