Thankful Thursday: Find A Grave Keeps Getting Better

If you’ve read any of my Tombstone Tuesday posts, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of My praises for the volunteer photographers should come through in every post. However, today I want to thank the developers who work behind the scenes to make this resource so amazing.

Previously, I shared how individuals could serve others by supporting Find A Grave efforts. One way would be to photograph stones. Another would be to submit information to memorial mangers. This process has become much easier and faster and I want to thank the developers.

Gay Curlis‘ Memorial Page Before

I found the parents buried in Green Lawn Cemetery and I wished to submit links to their memorials. I copied the father’s and mother’s Memorial ID number (I placed it into a notepad file, in case you’re wondering). Then I selected the Edit tab in the upper right hand corner of the webpage.

Updating Memorials on Find A Grave
Select the Edit Tab to recommend changes for a Memorial Page

In the past, the page sent you to an email creation form. Now, you can select various options for the kinds of updates you want to make.

Updating Memorials on Find A Grave
Select the option that fits the information you have.

I knew the parent numbers and I wanted the Dave Davisson to link Gay Gean to her parents. There was another simple form to complete and the request was quickly on its way. No need to make sure I had all the information in the correct order. No need to draft a polite letter. A simple form and the information was on it’s way.

And sooner than I expected, I received notification that Gay Gean’s memorial page was updated.

Updating Memorials on Find A Grave
Gay Curlis‘ Memorial Page After

You’ll notice that the place of her birth and death were also updated. A second link on the previous image took me to the form to submit this information. Again, no need to spend time crafting a polite request. Fill out the form with the specific information and it’s done.

Thank you Dave Davisson for updating the records. Thank you Find A Grave for this painless process. I know that Dave has processed numerous memorial updates for me in the past and this process is making his life a whole lot easier.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: Find A Grave Keeps Getting Better

  1. Great post! I share your thankfulness for the wonderful, time-saving enhancements to FindAGrave. It saddens me that some previous volunteers have apparently chosen to delete memorials. I ran across this in a cemetery where many of my ancestors are buried when links were returning messages of "memorial not found". Luckily, I had also photographed the tombstones and was able to re-create the memorials. The enhancements to FindAGrave made the process of re-linking family members so much easier.

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