Comments on: Acquires Find A Grave The official blog of Ancestry Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:20:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andrea Andrea Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:22:53 +0000 Dear all.

I have put 400 graves and photos on find a and have been a memeber for 11 months – what im concerned about is the fact that not one of these – not even the first one i put on in April 2013 has yet appeared on ancestry as a hint or in the search –
Why is it taking so long ?

I love the site – its a wonderful idea and the people are great -

Also wish it could be as easy as walking down each row and click – we have a lot of damaged , unreadable, covered in thorns , unkempt graves here in England

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By: Claudia Claudia Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:53:12 +0000 WHY AM I BLOCKED ALL OF A SUDDEN FROM Findagrave???!!!! I can’t access ANY of the memorials I have created AND PAID FOR??!! I also pay for FULL ACCESS TO ANCESTRY. I have been a PAYING SUBSCRIBER for YEARS and now I’m BLOCKED??!!! And NO ONE will respond!!!!!!!

Yes, I’m PISSED.


By: cathy alton cathy alton Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:23:47 +0000 Why is Find-a-Grave down every night for many hours??

By: Kristie Wells Kristie Wells Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:12:20 +0000 June, Find A Grave will remain a *free* site to use. It is an amazing tool fueled by the efforts of volunteers around the world, we want that to continue and do not have any intention of changing it.

By: June Markwalter June Markwalter Sun, 09 Feb 2014 18:39:38 +0000 i am already experiencing memorials of my family being deleted. It is such a same this free site will become a fee based site. It is also a shame contributors would delete information that could help keep the memory of their relatives alive. This merger is a loss for everyone.

By: Michael Vance Baker Michael Vance Baker Sat, 01 Feb 2014 21:29:23 +0000 Genealogists all share the same DNA. All we need to do is trace back far enough and everyone on this planet is related to one another.

Anyone who publishes their data, on paper or the web, should expect their efforts to be used. And preferably sourced and credited.

Genealogy is not free. Research is not free. Internet connections from ISP’s are not free. All 133 posters above me feel strongly in their own convictions. Me, I share my 25 years of research ‘freely’. I update my web site every 3 to 6 months. And weekly I make some type of contact with new kin or a cousin of a cousin. We share our findings, but I use the Ronald Reagan method of research. Trust but Verify. Thus I do my darnedest to Cite a Source. The work of another who has not cited their work is insufficient. A picture of a tombstone is a GREAT source.

What can we do to use this BLOG to assist Ancestry to improve Find A Grave?

How about an APP for the researcher in all of us.
Compound the ideas of sites like billion graves and incorporate tools to make Ancestry the go to place for data.
1) Where is each cemetery located. [GPS Coordinates in a decimal degrees format.] User plottable by the submitter using a service like Google Maps to zoom to the cemetery location.

2) The App should be linkable to existing Cemeteries with missing photographs of the tombstone.

3) If the tombstone picture is taken with GPS enabled device. Autopopulate FAG’s Cemetery Plot coordinates. Also the App should be able to list the photographed tombstones that are missing the coordinates. Thus a follow-up researcher could scroll through a list of ‘missings’ stand in front of the stone. Click on update coordinates and either instantly update those coordinates or the device, once back in WiFi could upload each perspective tombstone.

4) Photographing undocumented cemeteries could be accomplished infinitely faster. Walk down each row. Photograph each tombstone. Click and Go, Click and Go. At the end of the day upload all the photo’s and VOLUNTEERS could begin the (time consuming) transcription process.

Anyone could and should have edit rights. You must be a member to edit. And/or an administrator could approve the submitted corrections. ……… sometimes a death certificate can help discern if it’s a 1 or 7, a 3 or an 8. And as we all probably have found,,,,, some date on the tombstone is what we think is wrong. E.g. I have a relative who shows up on the 1880 census as being 6/12 born Nov. Well,,, we can figure the she was born Nov 1879. Why oh why, does her tombstone read she was born in 1882 died 1963. Record what we find. Record it the way that source presents it. And move on. There is no right and wrong in data as long as you support where you find it.

Let’s make Ancestry the go to place for all of our kin’s data. We own none of it. We are only on this ……….. a short time.

Who can add to this collaborative thinking.

By: Cindy Cindy Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:54:26 +0000 I just heard about this acquisition today, and sincerely hope Find A Grave remains the FREE wonderful resource it is for those of us trying to piece our family histories together and honor those that have gone before us.

I urge everyone who has threatened to delete their Memorials on Find A Grave because of this acquisition to PLEASE STOP AND THINK OF THE DAMAGE YOU WILL DO TO COUNTLESS FAMILY LINKS!

And, Ancestry, PLEASE, no ‘private’ Memorials like the private trees on

Respectfully, Cindy

By: Mary Gentry Mary Gentry Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:43:59 +0000 As someone who has contributed to Find A Grave I also hope that this site is kept free. I input information as a volunteer without expecting anyone to make a fortune off of the site. I am a bit disappointed that it could possibly become subscription only. I won’t be deleting the graves I’ve added, but will be waiting to see what happens before I add anymore information.