How to request a picture of a grave at FAG

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Purpose: Explain the action of requesting a picture at Find A Grave
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Request a grave picture at Find A Grave

If you have found a grave that match your WikiTree profile but no Grave picture exists you can easily request a picture. See Picture below what button you need to click

Request a photo in Find A Grave. Click the button - red circle

When you have done the request also click on the Status button on the Database Error report and add a comment that you have sent in a request for a grave picture at Find A Grave...


Lesson learned

At least in Sweden a lot of graves has a date when the ownership is moved back to the cemetery administration which means the grave can disappear. Therefore always ask for a picture so you at least has some kind of documentation even if you can't visit the grave.

Add plot information and GPS location if you have

In Stockholm; Sweden the Plot information and GPS coordinates can be found in a database and it helps a lot if you get a photo request and understand the location of the grave. - Sälgö-1 06:50, 4 April 2017 (EDT)

Administrative documents

The best information about a grave is normally found in the Administrative information that you should ask for.

I have had success to find:

  • who managed the grave before --> could be a clue to now living ancestry
  • name of people in the grave but not on the stone
  • get burial dates that gives clues to confirm the correct person

Example of a document from a grave in Belgrade Serbia below that I researched some years ago.

The grave Grobjle 40 Novo Grobjle, Tip 2 Grobnica, Parcela 27 Broj 27 Red 2
Space page about the Grave

This document I requested was in a language I didnt understand but added a lot of pieces to my genealogy puzzle. Using the names in the documents I found

  • a newspaper article that explained why most people didn't want to speak with me
  • I found out that more information was available at a museum
  • I could better understand the names on the gravestone....

See also a suggestion that we add information to WikiTree cemetery categories so that we can get those documents easier - example Norra Begravningsplatsen (AB), Stockholm, Sweden

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The screenshot needs updating. See Find A Grave: Memorial #9575756
posted by Aaron Gullison