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FindAGrave

URL https://findagrave.com

Who can be on FindAGrave?

Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.

Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and 'famous' individuals. See more at General Questions About Find A Grave

Is FindAGrave source or not?

FindAGrave is never a source but it can have information or a gravestone that adds to the genealogy puzzle in the same way as other usercontributed sites like WikiTree Wikipedia...see G2G

Find A Grave information (aside from burial location and headstone inscription, which tend to be highly accurate) tends to be as (in)accurate as any other user contributed material.
Obviously, entries that show they have been researched at least a little are likely to be better (on the whole) than those that claim relationships between people with no other reference material or discussion. As with any other user contributed content - independent checks are always in style.

To decide what is a source for a fact and how to do good genealogy please see GPS Genealogy Proof Standard.

By getting more connections to a WikiTree profiles we will easier learn more and use what other people has done at other places. We also tell other people that our WikiTree profile is about the same person as in Wikipedia and/or FindAGrave etc....

What is a source or not is standard genealogy see the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS): Analysis and Correlation of the Collected Information.

Beware of Incorrect Information

Just because it's set in STONE, Doesn't make it right. As many of us know, Find-A-Grave is just another source which may - or may not be correct.

As an example we have Hily A. Farris Find A Grave: Memorial #14890868 who is my 3rd great grandmother. Note that on the headstone [1] it says May 12, 1798 as the date of birth. Her actual date of birth is 26 March, 1812. Of course the person who created the Find A grave page copied the incorrect date which is often carried over.

In a second example, Carrie C. Parman was born in 1893, but her bio page [2] shows 1899. A close examination of the gravestone photo [3] shows the correct date of 1893, so this was obviously a transcription error of some type.

How do I find out if a WikiTree profile has a matching profile on FindAGrave

See video

How do I request a picture of the grave at Find A Grave

See Space:Request_A_Picture_at_FAG

How do I link from WikiTree to FindAGrave

See Template:FindAGrave

What will happen when FindAGrave change URL and platform?

Today 10 April 2017 we dont know but using Template:FindAGrave will help if the old URLs will not work. See also comments on G2G.

Update 18 aug 2017 looks like old site will be redirected and or the new site moved to the old....

Don't repeat yourself

When using a Template you follow a programming principle called DRY Dont Repeat yourself that recommends if one piece change isolate that change to one place. The FindAGrave template isolates the external link to one place the FindAGrave template. Today WikiTree has repeated the http://www.findagrave.com URL on +500 000 profiles. Good or bad the future will tell.

Not using a template for an external link is like you in a software program never used functions. By using a function/template you isolate the changing part.

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