Find A Grave Has Changed

Find A Grave is one of the most popular internet sites for cemetery research. Find A Grave has been working on its website for the past year, giving the site a more modern look and feel, and adding a few new features. Ted Bainbridge has contributed an article to help you navigate the new Find A Grave website.


On November 8, 2017 Find A Grave transitioned to its new website. Some changes are cosmetic, while others are functional. A map feature has been added.

The home page is now a photograph with menu selections across the top. The page is dominated by the search panel, which functions largely as it did in the past and with the same options for every search box except those related to location.

The old search panel specified location via pull-down lists for country, state, and county. The new search panel offers a single box for location, in which you type the name of a place. As you begin to type a city, county, state, or country the box auto-fills with suggested place names which you can select with a mouse click. Use the American English equivalent of a country name — Germany works but Deutschland doesn’t.

The new home page also features menu selections across the top of the screen. Selecting CEMETERIES takes you to a page that lets you search for cemeteries in two ways. Near the top left of the page is a search box where you can enter a cemetery name. This box auto-fills similarly to the one for location. When you select a name, a list of all cemeteries with that name is presented. Each entry on the list displays the cemetery’s location, the number of memorials, the percent photographed, and a link to its information page. That page contains a search box you can use to hunt for a person’s name.

Instead of using the cemetery name search box, you can use the cemetery location search box to its right. Selecting a place name produces a map of cemeteries near that place. You can zoom the map in or out, and pan it in any direction. If the map doesn’t display any marker pins, zoom in. Clicking Search with a name in the location search box provides a list of cemeteries near that place. This list contains the same information as the cemetery name list described above.