Posted by Michael Lawless on December 17, 2014 in Find A Grave, Mobile

Find A Grave for Android

We’re in the holiday spirit today so what better way to celebrate that spirit than to announce our official release of the 1.0 version of Find A Grave for Android, free in the Google Play store.  With nearly half of our users having a preference for Android devices, we hope this release will unleash your inner graver.

The new Android app will allow users to easily search for cemeteries on a map or by name, find deceased relatives, and enable gravers to create new memorials, add photos, and update GPS points.

Our Android Find A Grave users will also be able to edit their own bio and preferences, see and add to their virtual cemeteries, and find and fulfill photo requests from across the community

If you are not a Find A Grave user, but want to use this opportunity to become one, please join us! You can start with the mobile app or find us at Find A Grave. You don’t need to register to search the memorials, but we would love it if you would sign up and contribute.  For Ancestry members, this is a great way to give back to the community that has been filling hint queues with their dedicated documentation of cemeteries.

Find A Grave for Android

Find A Grave is by far the largest public grave database in the world and its success is because of contributors worldwide. You can request grave photos from around the globe, and help by volunteering to take photos for others at nearby cemeteries.

Deepest thanks to Wesley Cook and Ancestry’s Android

development team for bringing this new resource to the Ancestry and family history community.

Visit the Google Play store to download Find A Grave for Android today!

Get it on Google Play

Michael Lawless

Michael is a Senior Product Manager for Ancestry.com

19 Comments

  1. Donna Amos Sosebee

    I have been looking for my great grand mother. I have just stopped with her. Like she just fell off the face of the earth. If anyone knows other sites I can check out to see about finding her please let me know. This is Fo the Sosebee family tree. And her name is Harriet James and my great grandfather is Edward A Wilsom. They called Harriet (Hattie)

  2. Ann

    I am an Ancestry member and a Find A Grave member, and Google Play Store is not letting me download this app! It keeps saying I haven’t added a device, but I have! I promise you, I have! It won’t let me have Shoebox either. Please help! Could you put one of those QR code thingies here, or something, please? Thanks.

  3. Michael Lawless

    You don’t have to use the link we gave you, you can go to the Play Store on your phone and search for “Find A Grave”. We may not be the top result for a few days, but we will be I’m sure. After that, not sure how I can help you.

  4. Rhonda

    Am I missing in the app where you can add links or flowers? Or is it mainly an app for adding new memorials?

  5. Michael Lawless

    Thanks for asking! Flowers and notes are not part of this version. You can just search and add, and the primary use case is easy access to upload photos.

  6. Michael, how will it handle if you can’t get a signal in a cemetery? And can you take GPS tagged photos if you don’t have an active wireless plan? I have two devices – one an iPhone and the other an Android tablet, that I use for another graving app. Neither has a wireless plan, but I can use their app to GPS tag photos and later upload them when I get to a Wi-Fi connection. My Android phone has a wireless plan, but many of the in-town cemeteries aren’t close enough to a cell tower to pick up a steady wireless connection so I turn it off, but I still get the GPS tag on those photos as well.

  7. Michael Lawless

    OK. So if you go to a cemetery and have no wireless signal, there won’t be any access to the app that will work. That said, please take photos with your android camera, and then you can upload those from your gallery in the app when you get home! If you have location turned on for your camera, that location will come to Find A Grave with your photo in a usable fashion.

  8. Thank you. I have access to a HotSpot alternative if I needed to check something in those areas where the phone won’t work. Looking forward to comparing the Apple and Android versions to see how they compare.

  9. D Becker

    I use a Windows phone, since all my free, and learned, tech support works or has worked there. What app is available?

  10. Michael Lawless

    Hi D Becker, unfortunately, we aren’t planning on a Windows Phone app at this time. For now it looks like you’re restricted to using the website in your phone browser, which I know is not very mobile friendly.

  11. Mary

    Downloads just fine, but without the toolbar. I can search for pages and cemeteries, but that’s it. I even uninstalled and reinstalled. Works that way on both of my Samsung devices, phone and tablet.

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