You Can Find Almost Anything On The Internet

By: Daryl Berry
Saturday, February 27, 2016

     During my career in funeral service I have watched the Internet go from a concept to having the ability to  pull out my phone and look up information on practically anything.  One of the most interesting sites I have found within the last year is a site called Find A Grave which can be found at findagrave.com  . I go to it on nearly a daily basis for our funeral home use and to answer questions for folks doing research on family history.

     The site states that you can search 142 million grave records as well as thousands of cemeteries.  It fascinates me that with a few clicks I can find out about burials in most of our local cemeteries.  Someone has done a lot of work to document these grave sites and post them to this site.  The site is supported by local contributors who diligently update the site with grave locations, photographs and obituary information.

      Last week we had someone in the office looking to locate where his father was buried.  In a couple of minutes we were able to tell him what cemetery he was buried in and show him a photograph of his Dad’s monument so he knew what he was looking for.  We could even provide him GPS coordinates that he could plug into his map program to help him find the cemetery.

     Many grave listings list obituary information that links to other family member grave sites.  Not every site includes complete information but you can update missing information about your loved one.  

So whether you are wondering about a family member or just want to randomly search for someone out of your past, Find A Grave gives you the opportunity to search for the graves of celebrities, see unique monuments and to read unusual epitaphs.  

 

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