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Friday, November 16, 2012

Have you looked lately?

We have all heard of Find A Grave, and most of us have used it. Many of us have taken photos and entered them into that site. And because of our efforts, there are now 90 million grave records online, all searchable for FREE. I noticed this yesterday, and since I use that site every few days, it must have just turned 90. **

From the Find A Grave site:

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
 • Search 90 million grave records
 • Search for a cemetery
 • Add burial records
 • View recently added names
 • Stroll through our online cemetery
 • Join the Find A Grave Community
 • Top 50 Contributors
 • Link To Find A Grave
 • Surname index

The majority of my searches are positive finds, but the one below has me a bit confused with the three entries for the same person, in two different towns and different cemeteries. Since they aren't far from me, I hope to make a winter visit to find the correct one. My post for tomorrow is on this Edmund Goodenow's family. He was my 9th great-granduncle.

Goodenow, Capt Edmund 29452588
b. 1610 d. Apr. 5, 1688
North Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Goodenow, Capt Edmund 87227301
b. 1611 d. Apr. 5, 1688
North Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Goodenow, Capt Edmund 88975925
b. Apr. 11, 1611 d. Apr. 5, 1688
New Town Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Follow-up. Midge Frazel told me they were buried at the North Cemetery in Wayland.

** While I was working with FindAGrave today, December 7, 2012, the total went to 91 million  grave records.

** The total is now 92 million grave records as of January 1, 2013!

** The total is now 93 million grave records as of January 22, 2013!

** The total is now 94 million grave records as of February 13, 2013!


Carol G said...

I believe that the problem lies within the Find A Grave software itself. It is very easy for multiple memorial pages to be set up for the very same ancestor; each by a different family historian, when there are no stop gap measures in place. Most people don't take the time to first check to see if a memorial page already exists, before they jump in to create one. There should be a feature added, that when someone begins to type in the main info. for the page they are creating, the Find A Grave website pauses that action to do a search to check for an already existing duplicate memorial page. What do you think??

Barbara Poole said...

Carol, I totally agree with you, and these multiple entries throw off the accurate number of grave records, maybe there are 88 million not 90. I'm sure the administrators know about the problem, and yes, there should be a fix. Thanks for the comment.

Lisa Taisey said...

Love Find A Grave! I really should spend more time being a volunteer and looking for family. Thanks for adding so many items to make this such a wonderful treasure!!