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# Monday, September 30, 2013
Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave
Posted by Diane

We just received an announcement that online genealogy company Ancestry.com has purchased Find A Grave, the site with the largest database of free burial information and photos contributed by volunteers.

Find A Grave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and will continue to be managed by its founder, Jim Tipton.

I already hear people asking if the site will remain free. Yes, says Ancestry.com president Tim Sullivan. From the press release:
"We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain its existing policies and mode of operation, and look forward to working with Jim Tipton and the entire Find A Grave team to accelerate the development of tools designed to make it even easier for the Find A Grave community to fulfill its original mission to capture every tombstone on Earth.”
I've found family tombstone photos on Find A Grave, and you probably have, too. The 18-year-old site has 100 million memorials to deceased people, and 75 million photos, a significant addition to Ancestry.com's content.

Ancestry.com plans for Find A Grave include a mobile app for uploading cemetery photos (Billion Graves, another cemetery website, has one), improved customer support, an easier editing of already-submitted memorials and foreign-language support.

This isn't the first time Ancestry.com has acquired a free, grassroots genealogy site: You may remember back in 2000, when the company (then called MyFamily.com) purchased RootsWeb. In 2008, RootsWeb was moved onto Ancestry.com servers.

We'll bring you more details as we learn them.
 
 Update: Here's an FAQ on the acquisition from Tipton, who says he realized "Find A Grave had gotten too big to run it as I always have and I also realized that I might not be around some day ... and I wanted to make sure it had a stable home, while still retaining control over how it evolves. But ... I'm hoping this gives me the opportunity to do so many of the things that I've always wanted to do with the site now that I have some real resources behind me."
 


Ancestry.com | Cemeteries
Monday, September 30, 2013 4:27:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [8]
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:08:22 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I hope that this means that Ancestry will install some competent administrators. Some of the current administrators are down right incompetent. I also hope that managers of their memorials will now really become managers of the memorial instead of caretakers that are at the mercy of someone that can overload the memorial with photos that the manager has NO options.
Thursday, October 03, 2013 2:51:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hear! Hear! Jeff. It is very difficult when another person uploads an incorrect photo for a memorial that I have managed for many years, and the only thing I can do about it is move it to the bottom of the photo list. I have no control over the photos that have been added to one of my memorials by someone else.
Andrea
Thursday, October 03, 2013 3:03:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I hope this means they will be able to remove the advertising from the site. This would allow the pages to flow better.
Ruth
Thursday, October 03, 2013 7:10:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I hope they make it easier to get an answer to questions asked. I have posted question and have never received an answer to them. One of these involved someone who "stole" some of my photos and posted them in the wrong cemetery. Now that person is "inactive". Hmmmm!
Donna
Donna Ellison
Friday, October 04, 2013 7:26:23 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
It was only a matter of time. They just keep buying up all the genealogy sites that have had any success. I thought it was illegal to have a monopoly. I guess the prices of Ancestry.com are going UP AGAIN !!!!!!!!
MQ
Friday, October 04, 2013 9:55:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Andrea, did you try contacting the person who posted the wrong picture and ask to have it removed? I have found most people want to fix their mistakes if asked.

Marian
Marian Jones
Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:34:38 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
So when do members of ancestry.com get access?
EJK
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:58:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Really a disappointment. I have had a higher success rate tracing my family history on numerous other sites, and used Find A Grave many times. Maybe if Ancestory.com spent more money of finding people who could keep their website flowing and less on television advertising their site would be worth buying. I am lucky I can go to a local library and use it free. Also there are some great books out there that give really helpful sites in genealogy research and most of them don't even rank Ancestory.com very high.
DJB
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