Do you enjoy taking photos of headstones in cemeteries and putting that information on Find A Grave? You might want to participate in the upcoming Find A Grave meetups. Those who sign up should use the #FGDay on social media to let others know you are participating.
Find A Grave is a website whose mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience. Volunteers submit their photos of headstones, along with all the important information on them, to Find A Grave. This helps people who want to see their ancestor’s headstones but cannot travel to where the ancestor’s are buried.
Ancestry.com is holding a Global Cemetery Meetup on October 7-9, 2016. People can attend this event (or plan one of their own). Anyone who wants to participate can do so. The purpose is to take clear photos of the headstones in the cemetery you visit and to share those photos online.
To participate, the first thing you need to do is sign in to your Find a Grave account. (If you don’t have one, you can become a member). Next, review a list of local cemeteries for the county you live in. Look for the cemeteries that need photos or have photo requests outstanding. Go fulfill those requests!
It is suggested that you check out the Global Calendar for suggested meetups. People who have a Find A Grave account can sign up and suggest locations for meetups. After you figure out what cemetery you want to visit, bring a friend and a camera and let Ancestry.com and Find A Grave know where you will be.
If you want to post about your experience on social media, it is suggested that you use #FGDay. You are free to post your photos of headstones wherever you choose. If you want to post them on Find A Grave, the easiest way might be to use the Find A Grave mobile app. Download it onto your phone before you head out to the cemetery.
Ancestry.com has a helpful Cemetery Etiquette Guide. Download it and read it before you arrive at the cemetery. The guide shows you the “dos and don’ts “ of finding and photographing headstones. Part of the guide points out the details that can be found on headstones. It would be a good idea to make a note of those details (and share them on Find A Grave).
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