Find A Grave began back in 1995 by Jim Tipton and developed from his hobby of visiting graves of famous people. He has been amazed at how quickly it grew and developed into what is considered to be a major resource for individuals alike who are looking for information perhaps on a famous individual but also on the 'everyday people'. To view the other individuals who help with site, visit "Who is behind Find A Grave?"
Each day new records are added and more individuals sign up to be contributors. Individuals are able to use the site for educational needs and researchers find valuable information on their loved ones who have passed on.
The left side of the website is for 'Famous People' and the right side is for everyone else. According to the site they have 143 million records one can search, that is a lot of people!
Once you are on the site, you simply choose whether you are looking for someone famous or an ancestor and click on the appropriate link. For this blog we will look up an ancestor, Theodore Marotte who is my great grandfather. I uploaded his information and then another person added which is always nice.
This entry provides a lot of information to help a researcher. There is no set rule as to how much information one can find but it is definitely worth taking the time to check, you may be pleasantly surprised to find an ancestor's information was uploaded by another who was photographing that particular cemetery.
One can also volunteer to add their tombstone pictures to help all who visit this site, here is the link to become a member and upload your own.
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