The New Find A Grave Website

Many of us are aware of the new Find A Grave website

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Pretty nice, up to date website. Here is the old one.

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Lot of clicking around to get some where.

The New website you can search from from the landing page. That’s great news.

Here is a view of a Memorial.

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Word of caution: be careful if you copy and paste that Cemetery Name. It may not come out as you might expect. At least that is my experience.

But what I am going to miss the most is this.

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That is the same memorial. What I am going to miss are 1) the ability to quickly see the family members and relationships. More compact. and 2) the ability to Hi-Lite, Copy and Paste from the Name of the memorial down to the Contributor information. I paste that into my genealogy database. And that Cemetery Name, and Location, Copy and Paste very easily. I think I will miss that THE MOST.

…. but the good news is ….

The new Source Citation.

For me, that is the Full Reference Note.

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I know, you can’t read it, but let me Copy and Paste that here

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 November 2017), memorial page for Henry Russell Worthington, Jr (1916–2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49480185, citing Grace Episcopal Memorial Gardens, Haddonfield, Camden County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Russ Worthington (contributor 47099064) .

In a discussion about that citation, one observer claimed that the Reference note, was Citing the Cemetery. As I read this Citation, it is Citing the Find A Grave Memorial on the Website, with details ABOUT the Cemetery.

If I were to find this citation, I know that it came from the Find A Grave website, when it was accessed. What I expect to see when I get there, is a Database that has Images. The person of interest with the YYYY – YYYY in case there were two people with the same name.

Knowing a little about this website, I KNOW I can search for that Memorial Number (sorry it is whited out here). OR, there is a “bread crumb” that would also get me there. The County, State, County, Town, and Cemetery Name. And, of course, who is maintaining that memorial with contact Information.

Again, my understanding of the “citing” piece of the Reference Note is the Memorial, not the Cemetery. The Cemetery does not provide any information, the Memorial does.

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9 Responses to The New Find A Grave Website

  1. clw@cwi-global.com says:

    Thank you Russ.

    Court Worthington

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  3. Lisa Gorrell says:

    There is a way to copy and paste easily. Click on “Save To” and you have several choices. Copy to Clipboard will let you save the textual part of the site to paste where ever you want.

    • Russ Worthington says:

      Lisa,

      I use the Copy/Paste and put that into my genealogy database program. I did have to play around with the program to get the citation / Reference Note, to be very close to EE.

      Thank you,

      Russ

  4. Lynn Nelson says:

    The new site is a complete disaster. Other than the bugs that keep multiplying, It’s difficulty of use has skyrocketed. One, two much white space, you used to be able to see everything pertaining to that memorial on one page. Now It’s all over the place, you have to scroll, and scroll, and scroll, by the time you’re finished, you forget what you are looking for. Good luck, if you need to see something back at the top of the page. Not to mention multiple drop down box’s to maneuver. Essentially the web’s version of a phone tree.

    It’s very apparent the people that created it, have never used it. Those of us that volunteer our time, don’t need the site to take five times longer to use. That is when it works.

    Apparently our feedback means nothing. Many of us have used the feedback button, with no changes. You report a bug, you get a canned response that they’re aware and working on it. Three months later, bugs are still there. Every bug they “fix”, breeds two more.

    The majority of feedback has been negative. People are stopping volunteering. We are doing this on our time. We don’t have more time spend five times as long to input / upload to a site that’s so poorly done. They could have updated the platform without creating a practically unusable, unfriendly and difficult to navigate site. You’d think Ancestry would have learned.

    • Russ Worthington says:

      Lynn,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      Not sure what WE can do about it.

      What I haven’t tried, was to see what it looks like on a Mobile / Smart Device.

      Russ

  5. Becky Wilson says:

    I do not like the format of the new site at all. No need to fix what isn’t broke. Why is the photo on Memorial# 184608803 for Whitney Marie Johnston clear on the old site & so blurry on the new one? I don’t like the tabs on the new site. The old site had one stop shopping: pictures, memorial narratives, relatives, location, flowers, all on screen at the same time with an appropriate soft peach background.

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