Find A Grave App Now Available!

Find A Grave App

When Ancestry.com announced its acquisition of Find A Grave, the popular crowd-sourced cemetery memorial website, there was much sturm und drang in the genealogy community. You would have thought the world was going to end, or at least access to Find A Grave and its over 102 million memorials.

But those in the know not only said “This too shall pass,” but we were excited if only for this reason: with a big muscle genealogy player in the picture, an app for Find A Grave could finally be developed. Download it here.

And it has. And it is here. And it is good.

Overview: The Find A Grave App

The Find A Grave App is easy to download and to use; currently it is only available at the iTunes App Store for all iOs devices. I tested the beta version of the app on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4, both running the latest version of iOs 7. According to Ancestry.com and Find A Grave, an Android version of the app will be released in the near future.

Overall, I found the Find A Grave App to be very intuitive in terms of menus and icons. Stuff made sense – you really can’t ask for more than that. I prefer using the app on my iPad since it is larger and easier to read. The colors used and the layout are easy to read.

Getting Started with the Find A Grave App

If you have a Find A Grave account, you’ll want to log in so you have access to all your memorials. If you don’t have an account, click Create Account.

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Next, you’ll see your Find A Grave profile pic and name and the My Claims section is activated.

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Memorial Search – Find A Grave App

Click Memorial Search and then enter the search criteria, such as Arthur Spanks.

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Search results appear; tap the memorial you want to view in detail.

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The detailed view appears.

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Scroll down to see all the information.

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Cemetery Search – Find A Grave App

If you have Location settings enabled, the Find A Grave App will display the cemeteries in its database that are closest to your location.

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Click the icon in the upper right corner to toggle between List and Map views.

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To locate a specific cemetery or cemeteries in a city, town or county, click Cemetery Search and enter your search criteria. You must enter a location otherwise the app will default to Current Location.

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Click Search and the results appear.

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Tap the name of the cemetery to see the detailed view and a list of memorials, photo requests and more.

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Sharing, Adding Images, Using GPS and Requests

When viewing a cemetery or memorial, click Share and then select an option including Mail, Twitter and Facebook. Also use Share to perform other functions such as printing.

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Click the Camera icon in the upper right corner to snap a photo of a gravestone or cemetery to upload to Find A Grave.

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Click Add GPS to add the GPS coordinates for a memorial.

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Click Request to make a photo request for a specific cemetery.

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A First Look Verdict

Of course, like any new app there are some “bugs” to correct – such as the Facebook icon not appearing on the iPad version of the Share function. But having an app for Find A Grave will mean more users uploading valuable data – especially GPS coordinates – and more advances in crowd sourcing genealogy data.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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