Find a Grave is a great resource if you’re looking for information about some who has died. It will give information such as birth dates, death dates, obituaries, biographies, family ties, and it even includes pictures of headstones and memorials. While Find a Grave has a small staff, it is run mostly by contributors who submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs, etc. The site can be browsed by geographical location or cemetery and searched for specific names. The site has over 60 million grave records and contains information the grave sites of regular people and famous big-names.
I looked up one of my favorite authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, as an example. His grave is located in Sleepy Hallow Cemetery in Massachusetts. From his Find a Grave page, we can see that he was born in Salem on July 4, 1804 and died in Plymouth on May 19, 1864. It gives a short biography and pictures of him when he was alive and his headstone. It also has links to the pages for his parents, siblings, spouse, and children. There’s something pretty cool about being able to see one of my favorite author’s headstones without having to travel to Massachusetts to do so. Next time you’re doing some research on someone who has died or if you’re curious about your ancestors or your favorite celebrities, check out Find a Grave.