Posted by Jessica Latinović on October 14, 2016 in Events, Find A Grave

Headstone in Arlington National Cemetery in Autumn - Near to Washington D.C.

The third annual Find a Grave Community Weekend took place on October 7th through October 9th across the globe.  Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across 175 cemeteries who:

  • added 211,655 new photos
  • fulfilled 8,232 photos requests
  • added 203,448 new memorials

Here are just a couple of photos and tweets from the weekend of activities:


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The Ancestry and Find A Grave teams would like to express our deepest thanks to everyone who contributed to the third annual Find A Grave weekend and every volunteer who has ever added a memorial, a photo, or fulfilled a photo request. It is your contributions that make this community such a joyful, thriving success.


Jessica Latinović

Jessica serves as U.S. Social Media Manager for Ancestry.


  1. Howard Gadsden

    My mother name is alice gadsden she was born in bluffton south carolina on may 16, 1936 she died july 6, 2011 she belong to the gadsden estate in beaufort south carolina. She is a descendent of general james gadsden of charleston south carolina

  2. Denise

    Find A Grave Community Weekend October 7-9, 2016
    Not a member of Find A Grave put I went to my local cemetery and took over 30+ grave pictures and had a member post all of them today. Enjoy helping ..

  3. Mafu Makapela

    Trying to get my grand father who was working on one off S.A.mines his name Titi Makapela last time they so him mid 1930’s since that never come back.

  4. LindaE

    Findagrave has been a wonderful genealogy find for me. There are those findagrave who early on took gorgeous photos in my area of graves which are illegible today but they have decided to take these gorgeous photos off the site. My response to them is shame on you. I understand copyright law very clearly but in genealogy if it were not for sharing none of us would ever find anything on our families. I will continue to support the findagrave site with adding information/photos when possible and to also request memorial page corrections with family links. But I have one request to those of you who just add memorials just to see how many you can add, please add only those in which a grave either exists or you have some kind of documented proof if a burial. Personally I have be able to locate graves of families members who moved from the area to GA during the early 1800’s. With the location of these graves I was able to fill in dates of birth and death which I had not been able to even find any information on before. I am most grateful to the volunteers in GA area for you wonderful emails and photos of graves. It is impossible to express how much this information means to me. God bless all of the volunteers for findagrave.

  5. Denise

    Find A Grave is great when people collect & input the full Birth & Death dates. I’m seeing to many people just putting the Birth & no Death date or Death date & no Birth. Please try & research the information on line before inputting the information on the Find A Grave website – it will help us all. I agree with LindaE to many people are just trying to see how many they can add! Please do us all a big favor & input both dates (Research)..

    Thanks so much to the many Find A Grave volunteers that do it correctly – you are the best!
    Also, all of you that take the photos of the graves – you are the very best!

  6. Pam

    I have worked on several cemetery projects over the last 30 years, in 4 different states. FindAGrave could be one of the most useful ways to distribute information that, due to natural and human activity, is not as permanent as most people want to think. In some cases the inscription on a headstone may be the only place that an individual is ‘remembered’ – the only evidence that they ever existed. When no photograph of a marker, however damaged it may be, is included as part of a FindAGrave posting AND there is no source given for the information, it might as well be wishful thinking on the part of the poster. Cemetery records may show that a person of that name was once buried there. Obituaries and death certificates only show that the remains were intended to be buried in a particular place. Often a family decides to move a grave elsewhere and, all to frequently, cemeteries are moved for a new highway – or a housing development. A Civil War veteran buried in “National Cemetery” is not necessarily at the one in Arlington VA. PLEASE, if there is no marker, tell us why you think a burial took place in this spot. If your posting is meant as a Memorial – say so.

  7. Mary Frances Pinion Blake

    I am with the Pinion family. My Dad was Charles Arthur Pinion, b. 2/3/1918, d. 1/1985; he is buried at Zwolle, LA. cemetary. His dad was Clarence Abram Pinion. I have no info on him.

  8. m k mccann

    Looking for someone to find a grave of my dear friend. He is David W. Blaker, born 1938, died abt 1988 from Edgar County , Paris TN. I would love pic of grave. Miss him so much. Thank you.

  9. Ron Gibb

    When acquired (bought) Find a Grave in 2013 did this end the capability of FaG members to view foreign graves, if they only paid for the basic USA Ancestry subscription? I can’t get an answer from

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