When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have created millions of memorials, many with photos of the tombstones.
And thanks to the contributions of people around the world, we just hit a pretty exciting milestone on Find A Grave.
Bob Sherwood of Tennessee uploaded the photo below and it became the 100 millionth photo on our website. 100 MILLIONTH PHOTO!! (Did we mention 100,000,000th photo?)
I caught up with Bob to share the news and took the opportunity to ask him a few questions:
How did you get started in family history research?
After our granddaughter, Alexa, was born, our daughter, Sherri, no longer had the time to trace our family trees, so my wife decided to do some additional work. I was drafted to be the chauffeur for trips to various cemeteries, libraries, and courthouses in the middle Tennessee area. Then as they say, “I was bitten by the genealogy bug.”
What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone just getting started today?
Don’t delay asking your older family members for stories and info and label all pictures.
You and your wife have written a couple of books on family history. Can you tell me about them?
When Bettye wrote her first book, Hubbard’s Cove and Beyond, History and Genealogy of Its People, I was elected to add the pictures and do the indexing. I found it to be an enjoyable pastime and decided to publish my own book on Wesley Chapel Cemetery. My wife and I have published eight books for the purpose of preserving at least a portion of the history of Coffee, Grundy, and Warren Counties in the state of Tennessee.
How did you first learn about FindAGrave.com?
I became acquainted with Judy Ann Waters, a Find-a-Grave volunteer, at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. She explained what she was doing and her enthusiasm convinced me that this was a project in which I would like to be involved.
What is the one thing Find A Grave can do to make contributing easier for you?
An easier way to contact Find A Grave in order to obtain assistance would be beneficial.
I want to thank Bob (and Bettye) for their time and their passion for helping others in the Find A Grave community. They have fulfilled over 70 photo requests and manage 2,000+ memorials and have no signs of slowing down. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank every single Find A Grave contributor for your efforts over the last 19 years. It is because of you that we have hit this milestone. Thank you!