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Here is the contact information for Find a Grave and what functions are assigned to which email. For details on each function, see elsewhere within the FAQ.

Often a reply will not be necessary. Edit/update requests will be reviewed and completed upon approval.

Please don’t send more than two requests per email and more than 5 emails per day. But please do be sure to include the web page link in any communication to Find a Grave.

You can use the Find a Grave Community Forums to get answers from other members to many of your questions. Be sure to find the first post on any of the official forums and follow the instructions listed there.
Use this email to request that a memorial be added to Honoring, Interesting Monuments, or Interesting Epitaphs or to mark a memorial as a cenotaph, report an inappropriate biography, and any other issues concerning memorials.

Note: to suggest changes to name, birth/death, plot, inscription, family links, use Suggest Edits on the memorial.
This is where you would report an unresponsive transfer request or a deceased contributor; assign Fallen Graver stewardship or send all other questions.
You can use this email or the Cemetery Correction/Update forum to submit cemetery updates including adding a cemetery bio, GPS, address, town, name corrections, and AKAs.
Send issues concerning famous memorial bios, duplicates or Posthumous Reunions to this email. For suggestions about the name, birth/death, plot, inscription or family links on famous memorials, use the Suggest Edits on the memorial.
Use this email to suggest a missing location, correct a location spelling, report duplicate location in the geographic database or other geography questions. Read here "How do I add a location that does not show in your database?" before submitting. Note: Do not use for cemetery updates or duplicates.
This email is for reporting an inappropriate photo, adding a cemetery photo to cemeteries without photo option or correcting a cemetery photo.
This email address is where you would report copyright issues or urgent matters only, meaning it is a pressing issue that needs immediate attention and the issue is not covered in the descriptions of email addresses above noted.

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Historical locations or other civil divisions will not be added to the database. If you need to use an historical location, reference it in the bio of either the cemetery or memorial in question. We currently have no plans to add another civil division. We are currently working on updating the location database, specifically within the international portion of the database. We do not have a specific estimated time of completion for any given country. Email

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    Cemeteries are maintained by Find a Grave. You can email or use the Cemetery Correction/Update forum to submit cemetery updates including adding a cemetery bio, GPS, address, town, name corrections, and AKAs. Be sure to include the cemetery ID or link to the cemetery page.

    Use the Cemetery Correction/Updates forum to submit a cemetery duplication request. We will merge the cemetery records into one cemetery.

    From the Cemetery page, select the 'Add a Cemetery' icon. If you have already searched for the cemetery select 'Yes'. Otherwise be sure to search for the cemetery by other possible names and spellings. Fill in all the information known about the cemetery. Do not include location information in the Cemetery Name. Click on the 'Create Cemetery' button. The system will then present possible matches to help avoid the creation of a duplicate. If you see the correct cemetery from the list, select that cemetery. Otherwise click on the 'Add as new cemetery' button.

    List the cemetery by its official name. Use the Cemetery Correction/Updates forum to submit other commonly used names.

    The coordinates for a cemetery should be placed in the center of the cemetery.

    You can download the data you have added to a cemetery or data stored in one of your virtual cemeteries by going to Account Settings and then selecting 'Download Data'.

    Creating Memorials

    You can add a new memorial if there is currently no memorial for them.

    Click on the ‘Add a Memorial’ icon. First select the Memorial Location, Cemetery or one of the non-Cemetery options. Fill in the Memorial Details on the next page. Then click ‘Add Memorial’.

    The 'last name' is the name that is on the headstone. Include other married names as part of the biography section. The 'maiden name' is only for the maiden name.

    Select the ‘Upload Spreadsheet’ option on the cemetery page where you wish to add a set of memorials. Download the Template and add the memorials to it. Be sure to follow the Spreadsheet Upload guidelines shown on the Submit page.

    The site does not encourage adding memorials for individuals who are still living. However, when transcribing a cemetery, it is not always possible to determine if the person is living or not. You are welcome to create a 'pre-need' memorial for yourself provided that you have a pre-need headstone already in place in a cemetery. Memorials for living people will be removed when a family member contacts the manager with proof or knowledge that the individual is still alive (the exception being for 'famous' individuals who already have a burial location in place).

    Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memorials
    If a hyphen, period or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial. Suffixes, Prefixes, Titles, or honorary do not belong in any Name Field.

    First Name
    First name of the deceased. Put the entire first name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial. Do not include titles or other prefixes in the First Name field.

    Middle Name
    Middle name of deceased. Put the entire middle name (if known), even if the grave marker is only an initial.

    A familiar name of the deceased, if known; the nickname is automatically placed in quotes. A nickname is different from the real name (first or middle).

    Maiden Name
    Maiden name of a married individual, if known (otherwise leave blank); the maiden name is automatically italicized and is only used if the individual was married and took the spouse's last name as their new last name. If the deceased was never married, then the last name is placed in the Last Name field, NOT in the Maiden Name field.

    Last Name
    Last Name as you would find it on the tombstone, if the interred had more than one marriage or other possible spellings, place this information in the bio and use the family links. Do not include honorary or other suffixes in the Last Name field.

    Memorial Naming Conventions: Famous Memorials
    Famous entries are to be listed under the name by which the person became well-known. For example, Archibald Leach is listed under his well-known name Cary Grant.

    Find a Grave supports common alternative dispositions to traditional burial. This includes cremation, burial at sea, and donated to medical science. In these cases, select the ‘Not buried in a cemetery’ option on the ‘Add a Memorial’ page. If there is an existing cenotaph within a cemetery for someone who had an alternative disposition, do NOT add another memorial under the alternative disposition.

    Genealogical data:
    Genealogical information about the subject can be included in the biography.

    Personal information:
    The biography is to be about the memorialized person with preference to an original biography. If a cause of death is included, it is to be short and to the point, and as shown on the death certificate. The bio must not look like a case file. Graphic bios are not acceptable.

    Links to other websites or email addresses are not allowed within any memorial.

    These standards will be added to and updated from time to time. Find a Grave reserves the right to edit any biography submitted to the site to conform to these and any future posted standards.

    Include all of the information on the headstone in the appropriate fields of the memorial form. It is not sufficient to create a memorial with only a name and a headstone photo. Of course, if the headstone only has a name, then you cannot add information you do not have. However, if the information is on the headstone, enter the information into the form. If a headstone is not readable at all and you have plot information and a photo for the marker, add the memorial as First Name: Unknown, Last Name: Unknown. Do not use other terms unless they identify the person for example but not limited to: Child, Twin, Infant, Adult, Male, Female.

    The inscription field is to be used for words, phrases, or sentences that are found on the headstone other than the person’s name or birth and death dates. Examples of these would be “Loving mother”, “Here my love lies”, “Served in Company 212”, etc.

    A cenotaph is a marker within a cemetery placed in honor of a person whose remains are buried elsewhere. It may also be the original marker for someone who has since been reinterred elsewhere. To add a cenotaph, create a memorial. Then email with a link to the memorial and request to have the memorial designated a cenotaph. Only add relationship links to the actual burial memorial when both a cenotaph and actual burial exist.

    It is possible your search is too narrow. Broaden your search by removing things like a middle name or burial location. If you still can not find them, it is possible the person is not yet memorialized on Find a Grave. Find a Grave is a work in progress and documenting all burials worldwide is a massive undertaking for the membership.

    No, they are neither an accepted burial disposition nor a cenotaph.

    No, they are neither an accepted burial disposition nor a cenotaph.

    No, they are neither an accepted burial disposition nor a cenotaph.

    Yes. If the pet is buried in a cemetery, the memorial can be added to that cemetery. If the pet is not buried in a cemetery, use the Animal / Pet option within the Not Buried in a Cemetery option.

    Yes. Search for the cemetery and then select ‘Add a memorial’. If the cemetery is not currently listed, follow the instructions on how to add a cemetery not currently listed.

    Find a Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record. We ask that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of copyright, refrain from adding information about living people, and respond generously to the family of the deceased. Find a Grave takes no position on the appropriate timing of submitting such indexes.

    Add the GPS location of a grave by adding a photo of the grave that includes GPS coordinates.

    Find a Grave app: To add only GPS, go to the memorial page and click on the GPS pin while standing at the headstone. To add only GPS, click on Edit or Suggest Edits. Pin the location on the map or add GPS coordinates in decimal degrees.

    No more titles will be added to the available prefixes.

    Editing Memorials

    Find a Grave memorials are works in progress. As a memorial manager, there is always the potential for a member to send you a correction or additional information. If you neglect to update memorials when valid corrections are sent to you, Find a Grave may determine that you are inactive. If that happens, Find a Grave will make corrections on your behalf or transfer management of the memorial to an active family member.

    To add a memorial to Honoring, the memorial must have a portrait photo of the person, an original biography (not a newspaper or online obituary) and verifiable interment location information. Email the link of the memorial page to with the request to have the memorial featured in Honoring.

    Click on Contribute along the top of the page. Select Suggested Edits. Select Suggestions I’ve Sent. Locate the edit and click on the ‘Cancel Request’ button.

    Select the ‘Delete Memorial’ button at the bottom of the memorial page.

    Select either the Edit Icon on the home page or Suggested Edits on the contribute page. From here, you can review the pending edits submitted to you by other members. Suggested edits for memorials you manage will remain available for your review for 21 days. Accept the edit and the memorial will update to show what is in the 'Suggested Edit' column. Decline the edit and the memorial will not update to show what is in the 'Suggested Edit' column. You must select the reason for declining the Suggested Edit and may leave optional short note.

    You can update information for any memorial you manage by clicking 'Edit' on the memorial in question. You can update the Name, Birth and Death information, Plot and Burial Coordinates, Inscription, and Bio Information, or change burial details.

    Select ‘Suggest Edits’ on the memorial page. You can suggest Father, Mother, and Spouse(s). Once the suggestions are saved, the memorial manager will then review the suggestions for approval. When adding a Spouse(s), reciprocal links are automatically added to the Spouse(s) memorials once the suggested edit is approved.

    You can submit updates or corrections of factual information for any memorial by clicking 'Suggest Edits' on the memorial in question. You can suggest updates to the Name, Birth and Death information, Plot and Burial Coordinates, and Inscription. Once the suggestions are saved, the memorial manager will then review the suggestions for approval. If you have additional suggestions, you can use the ‘Suggest other corrections’ option to send an email to the memorial manager. Submitting a large numbers of edits at one time to a single manager may be overwhelming. Please be considerate.

    If you have waited longer than 30 days for an emailed suggestion to be processed and there has not been a response, forward your copy of the suggestion along with source documentation to The suggestion will be reviewed and processed.

    If the edit is declined and you are certain the edit is correct, use the Suggest Other Corrections option to send source documentation backing up your requested edit.

    Have patience. Many members receive hundreds of edits every month and it may take a while for them to research your suggestions. Members have 21 days to accept or decline suggested edits.

    If you find more than one memorial on the site for the same person, you can report the duplication by clicking the Suggest Edits (or Edit if you manage the memorial) button on one of the memorials, clicking the "Report Duplicate" button on the left side of that page and following the steps from there. We'll review your suggestion and take the appropriate action.

    Famous Memorials

    Famous memorials are a special collection maintained by Find a Grave and will not be transferred to anyone.

    Add a memorial and select ‘Yes’ under the ‘Is this a famous person?’ section. All memorials submitted as famous go through an approval process. Please do all you can to provide accurate and verifiable disposition information and review our Famous Bio Standards.

    Do not confuse importance with fame. Every ancestor is important and every veteran deserves to be remembered and honored. However, that does not mean that they are 'famous'. An individual is more likely to be designated as 'famous' if they were well known outside of their local community.

    Before submitting a Famous Biography to Find a Grave, review the following items which describe the style and standards we strive to achieve for every entry.

    Famous Biographies on Find a Grave should be written in the style of Encyclopedia biographies, conveying information about the subject in a neutral, professional way.

    Original work:
    Biographies are required to be entirely a submitter's ORIGINAL work. Snippets of other works can be used in the body of the bio but must be properly credited and cannot be the entire bio OR a large part of it, with the exception of quoted Medal of Honor citations.

    Category Header:
    All bios should start out with a simple category header identifying what the person is notable for. It can be "Actor", "Actress", "Blues Musician", "Businessman", etc. Multiple identifiers are permitted - "US Congressman, US Senator", etc. Except for politicians or world leaders, the nationality of the person is not necessary in the header; i.e., use "Artist" rather then "French Artist". (The nationality or nation of origin should be in the text of the biography) Words like "Well-known", "Acclaimed", "Famous" etc. should not be used in the category header. (They can be used in the description following the category header, such as "Blues Musician. She was a well-known singer and dancer...", etc.)
    Excessive use of the subject's name in the bio is not necessary. In most cases, use "he" or "she" when referring to the person. The subject's name will be featured prominently at the top of the memorial.

    Genealogical data:
    Genealogical information about the subject should not be included in a Famous bio, UNLESS the subject is related to someone who is famous.

    Do not capitalize any words other than the first word in a sentence or an acronym. Only use an acronym when it is more common than the whole phrase, that it stands for i.e. "USS" "NASCAR", "WWF" etc. No other words should be capitalized.

    Cities & Countries:
    Do not use abbreviations for cities, states, countries, etc. Use "New York" instead of "NY", "England" instead of "Eng.", etc.
    Always use "United States" with ONE exception - Identifying American politicians. They should always be headed as "US Congressman", etc.

    Do not include the birth and death dates in the bio. It is redundant. When using dates within the biography, make them standard date sequences, i.e., "May 2, 1935" rather than the military date sequence, "2 May 1935". Dates of wars are not necessary in bios. Write "He fought in the American Civil War" rather than "He fought in the American Civil War (1861-1865)". When describing a time span, write it out rather than using a dash. i.e "He was president from 1876 to 1884" rather than "He was president 1876-1884".

    Personal information:
    Personal opinions from the author of the bio are expressly discouraged. You should say, "He was considered by many to be the greatest Flugelhorn player of all time..." rather than saying "He was the greatest Flugelhorn player of all time..." The first can be considered a testable fact; the second is a subjective opinion. Saying things like "The world is a better place because of her accomplishments" or "Good riddance to him because of the pain he caused" are both subjective opinions as well and are discouraged.
    Do not include any personal messages from you, the author, to the readers of the bio. Never write things like "It took a long time, but I found his grave. E-mail me with questions".

    No matter how long a biography is, it should not have paragraph breaks in it. One paragraph only.
    Ampersands are not allowed. Write out the word "and" instead of using an "&".
    Links to other websites or email addresses are not allowed within a biography. Lines like "More information can be found at" will not be accepted.
    These guidelines will be added to and updated from time to time. Find a Grave reserves the right to edit any biography submitted to the site to conform to these and any future posted standards.

    At the bottom of every famous memorial there is a rating system. You can rank someone's fame by clicking on one of the 'star' options. A vote of one star indicates that the person was barely famous. A vote of five stars indicates the person achieved widespread fame. Do not confuse fame with importance when voting.

    Favorite Cemeteries

    Adding a cemetery to your 'Favorite Cemeteries' list allows you to quickly pull the cemetery up without the need to search for it.

    At the bottom of the cemetery information section of every cemetery is a button labeled ‘Add Favorite’. This will place the cemetery in your ‘Favorite Cemeteries’ list on your Profile.

    Place your mouse over the 'Favorited' button in the bottom of the cemetery information section of the cemetery page. The button will change to 'Unfavorite.' Clicking the button will remove the cemetery from your 'Favorite Cemeteries' list on your Profile.


    Go to the memorial you wish to add a flower. In the flowers section select ‘Leave a Flower’. Select the category of Flower, then the Flower. You can also leave a Public Note if desired. Once completed, select the ‘Add Flower and Note’ button.

    Select the Flowers page on the memorial. Locate and hover over your flower and select the trashcan icon. Confirm you wish to delete it.

    Limit flowers to no more than one flower per memorial per day.

    Do not leave derogatory, politically charged, biographical information, or obituaries as a note. Inappropriate notes will be removed, and members who continue to abuse notes will have their account closed. Links to other websites or email addresses are not allowed in any tribute.

    A person's grave (virtual or real) is not an appropriate place to express negative sentiments or your own personal opinions. Unfortunately, a very small minority do not share that opinion. Filtering is used to assist in preventing this abuse. If you see ‘under review’ next to the flower, then the flower will be reviewed by a moderator before it will appear on the memorial.

    Select the Flowers page on the memorial. Locate the offending flower and hover over the icon in the upper right of the flower. Select the ‘Report Abuse’ option.

    The 'My Scrapbook' feature serves two purposes. First, it lets you upload 'Custom Flowers' that can then be added to memorials, just like the standard virtual flowers. These Custom Flowers can be photos or animated GIFs. Second, the 'My Scrapbook' feature lets you collect and store the flowers and graphics you use most often in one convenient place.

    Select View All flowers on the memorial. Locate the flower you want to add to your scrapbook and hover over the icon in the upper right of the flower. Select the ‘Add to scrapbook’ option.

    Select Flower Settings under Account Settings. Then select Manage My Scrapbook. From here you can add new flowers, select flowers from other members, and change the sort order of your scrapbook.

    Select Flower Settings under Account Settings. Then select the category you want the default to be and Save Changes.

    Membership Help

    Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. To proceed, click ‘Register’ and fill out the Registration Form.

    You do not have to register. You can search the database and visit millions of memorials and photos without registering. However, if you wish to add content to the database, you are required to be registered.

    You can become a member, create a memorial, submit data, add flowers, add photos and search our database for FREE.

    No, Find a Grave is not a non-profit organization.

    Only one account per person is allowed.

    Find a Grave uses cookies to recognize when you are signed in. In order for your browser to remember you are signed in to Find a Grave, cookies must be enabled.

    Find a Grave or your Steward will manage the memorials.

    If you have someone who has accepted stewardship for your memorials, you can email Include their member number in the email and this information will be added to your account.

    Members can leave a message for another member by going to the members Profile and selecting ‘Send Message’. Fill in the form and click ‘Send’. The message will be added to the members’ Messages page.

    Go to Account Settings. Select Notifications. Uncheck the ‘Enable messages…’ box.Then Save Changes.

    Go to Account Settings. Select Notifications. Uncheck the ‘Send me an email…’ box. Then Save Changes.

    Yes. Go to your Profile and select the Find a Member option under Following. You can search for a member by either their Public Name or Find a Grave ID #.

    CAPTCHA is a service that protects a website against spam and abuse. To complete CAPTCHA, simply click the checkbox and follow the instructions provided. If you would rather have an audio challenge instead of the photo challenge, select the headphone icon. CAPTCHA is supported by the latest versions of major browsers.

    Our information comes from our numerous registered Find a Grave contributors.

    The Find a Grave Community Forums are used by a subset of the Find a Grave membership and therefore require an entirely different registration. Your display name on the Community Forums is unique and can not be changed so choose carefully.

    Photo Requests

    A Photo Request happens when a member requests a photo of the grave marker for a memorial.

    Click the 'Request Photo' button in the Photos section of the memorial you would like someone to photograph. You can include an optional note with details about the request or to share your email address with photo volunteers. Then click 'Send Request'. If this is a large cemetery, contact the cemetery for plot information and include it in your request. The request will be sent to the nearest volunteers to the cemetery as well as being added to the cemetery.

    Yes. When you request a photo, fill in any additional notes you would like to provide the volunteer in the Note box.

    You may make up to 20 requests within a 7 day period.

    Depending on the cemetery location and the number of volunteers in the area, it may take a few weeks or even longer for a photo request to be fulfilled. Many cemetery offices will only provide plot information to the relatives of the deceased and will not assist photo volunteers with finding the grave's location. Contact the cemetery office (if one is listed) to obtain the plot location and add it to the memorial to assist volunteers.

    A photo volunteer is someone who is willing to take photos of headstones within a given area.
    To become a photo volunteer, sign in and go to your Account Settings. Select Photo Volunteer. Select that you would like to be a Photo Volunteer. Enter your default United States zip code or add the map coordinates for your home, business, or favorite location. Then Save Changes.

    No. Find a Grave does not allow Photo Volunteers to charge money for volunteering.

    Yes. You do not need to be a photo volunteer to fulfill a photo request. Go to Contribute. Select Photo Requests to search for available requests.

    Select Photo Requests from either the camera icon or from the Contribute page. You can show requests by Cemetery, Contributor, Current Location, Home Location, Map/GPS, or US Zip Code. Photo Requests can also be found on the Cemetery page.

    If you received the request as an email, you can follow the link in the email. You can also click on Contribute along the top of the page, select Photo Requests, select Requests I Claimed, click on the 'Fulfill' button for the memorial you have photographed and upload your photo. The member who requested the photograph will receive an email about the request being fulfilled and you will receive Photo Volunteer Credit.

    Click on Contribute along the top of the page. Select Photo Requests. You can show requests by Cemetery, Contributor, Current Location, Home Location, Map or US Zip Code. If you are willing to photograph a specific grave, click on the green ‘Claim’ button and confirm the claim. Once you have claimed a request, you will have 14 days to fulfill the request.

    Click on Contribute along the top of the page. Select Photo Requests. Select Requests I Claimed.

    Go to Contribute. Select Photo Requests. Select the Requests I Claimed tab.

    Yes, you can sort requests by Memorial Name, Cemetery Name, Requested By, Status, and Distance by selecting an option under Sort By from Photo Requests under Contribute or by Memorial Name, Requested by and Status from the Cemetery Photo Requests.

    Select the Flag on the claimed photo request. Select the specific problem, add any details, and then click on report.

    You can fulfill the photo request with a photograph of the plot where the grave is located. Indicate in the caption of the photograph that the grave is not marked.

    Unless you are related to the interred, DO NOT do anything to the headstone. We DO NOT recommend you do anything to the headstone to make it easier to read or easier to photograph. If it is a flat grave marker, you may be able to brush off loose dirt and debris. If the grave marker is in the shade or has little sun, a harmless and effective solution is to try different angles in relation to the sun or to use something simple, like a mirror or aluminum foil, to reflect sunlight onto a headstone face that is shaded. This does not in any way alter the stone itself, and one does not need to touch the stone in order to reflect light.

    Unless you are related to the interred, DO NOT do anything to the headstone. Consult a professional before any attempt to clean a headstone is made. Never apply bleach, ammonia, shaving cream, chalk, flour, baking soda, cornstarch, firm pressure or use anything abrasive.

    The measurement is taken from the center of the zip code to the location of the cemetery in order of precedence:
    1. The cemetery's latitude/longitude, if we have it.
    2. The cemetery's city latitude/longitude, if we have city information for the cemetery.
    3. The geographic center of the cemetery's county, which we always have (but this method is not very accurate, as you might imagine).
    Zip codes are not uniform in shape or size. The distance is an approximation and does not account for driving distance. For better accuracy, set your location by adding GPS coordinates to the Photo Volunteer settings under Account Settings.

    The Photo Request System automatically sends out emails to volunteers who live closest to the cemetery from which the photo was requested. If you are not receiving photo requests, it is usually an indication that our system has found a number of volunteers who live closer to the cemetery.

    During Registration, you had the option to become a photo volunteer. If you do not want to receive Photo Request email, follow these steps: Go to Account Settings. Select Notifications. Select which notifications you want to receive. And Save Changes.

    Sponsoring Memorials

    Sponsoring a memorial page will permanently remove the ads from the page at a cost of $5 (USD). To sponsor a memorial, click the ‘Sponsor and Remove Ads’ button in ‘See more memorials in’ section of the memorial. The memorial manager will receive an email stating that the memorial has been sponsored.

    Famous memorials may not be sponsored.

    Transcribing Photos

    With the transcription tools you can conveniently upload multiple grave photos from a cemetery and then transcribe the details on those photos to create memorials with the photos attached to them. Once the photos are uploaded, you will have 7 days to transcribe the photos yourself. After 7 days, the photos will be available to the Find a Grave community to transcribe. The process checks for duplicates, so you can just photograph as many memorials in a cemetery as you like and upload them without worrying about that.

    From the 'Contribute' page, click on 'Upload Photos', enter the cemetery information, click 'Continue', select the cemetery and then drag and drop or select the photos you want to upload. You can also upload photos by going to the cemetery page and selecting 'Upload Headstone Photos' from the 'Contribute' box on the right. Once upload is complete, you will be able to transcribe them.

    When you upload photos in bulk to Find a Grave for Transcription, you have 7 days to transcribe those photos exclusively. After 7 days, anyone in the community may help you transcribe and assign your photos. However, you will manage any new memorials created from your photos. If you do not want help in transcribing your photos, you will need to upload them in batches small enough to complete within 7 days.

    Yes. Select Photos to Transcribe. Select Delete in the upper right corner of the photo.

    Transferring Memorials

    • Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. You can add photos and suggest updates without managing a memorial. With millions of members, there will be many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all members to manage their entire tree.

    • Memorials are transferred for direct relatives within four generations. This includes your spouse, siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    • Always explain your relationship in the request! Keep in mind that the memorial manager may also be related to the memorial and may not make the transfer. You may also want to include your specific interest in the memorial.

    To request a transfer on the memorial in question, click on ‘Suggest other Corrections’ under the ‘Suggest Edits’ button and type your message to the memorial manager. Be sure to include your relationship to the person and any other reason for the transfer request. This message will be sent to the member, even if there is not an email address listed on their profile.

    Need more help? If the memorial in question is a direct relative within the four generations to you and the memorial manager is not direct family, then they must transfer the memorial. If they refuse to transfer the memorial or do not respond within a reasonable amount of time, contact and we will work on it for you.

    Please show sensitivity to family members and their requests.

    Memorials listed as famous are curated by Find a Grave and will not be transferred.

    You must be signed in and must manage the memorial you want to transfer. You will also need the other member’s Find a Grave ID #. It is located under their name on their Profile. If you want to transfer the memorial to Find a Grave, the Find a Grave ID # is 8. Go to the memorial page you want to transfer. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Transfer Management. Enter the Find a Grave ID # and click on Transfer this Memorial. Once you have transferred the memorial, you will no longer be able to edit or update the memorial.

    Virtual Cemeteries

    A Virtual Cemetery is a collection of names found on Find a Grave grouped by any specification the member wishes. Memorials listed in Virtual Cemeteries can be buried in multiple different cemeteries. Virtual Cemeteries may be public or private.

    From your profile select the +Add button next to 'My Virtual Cemeteries'. Add the Virtual Cemetery Name, short description, and whether it will be public or private. Then Save.

    From a memorial, click the +Save To button at the top right, select 'Virtual Cemetery' and click the + Create a Virtual Cemetery button.

    From the memorial, select the +Save To button in the upper center of the memorial. Select the virtual cemetery to add or remove the memorial and Save. If you do not currently have a virtual cemetery, you can also create one here.

    From your profile select Virtual Cemetery. From here you can select Edit to edit the virtual cemetery or the trash can to delete the virtual cemetery.

    Working with Photos

    Click on the photo and then select the correct photo type from the options in the lower right corner.

    Click on the photo and then select ‘Delete’ in the lower left corner of the photo. You can only delete photos you added.

    Each member can upload 5 photos for a memorial. A memorial can have a maximum of 20 photos. Someone who sponsors a memorial can add an additional 10 photos (for a total of 30 on the memorial). Famous memorials are a special collection where photographs are usually limited to one good biographical photo and 2-4 grave photos.

    From the cemetery page, select ‘Add Photos’.

    You will need to send an email to with a link (URL) to the cemetery, the name of the cemetery, and a description of the photo in question.

    Cemetery photos can include the main gate, the cemetery sign, a panoramic view of the cemetery, and a map of the cemetery grounds. Do not submit images taken from Google Maps, Google Earth, or similar websites.

    No. MIDI music files, animated GIF images, and other non-personal images are not allowed in the Photo section of a memorial page. Non-personal images include flowers, angels, flags, banners, coats of arms, etc.

    Yes, a photographer can add a watermark to their photo. Keep the watermarks small, in good taste, non-intrusive, and not a distraction from the subject of the photo.

    Photos of chalked, floured, shaving creamed, wire brushed, or otherwise altered headstones are forbidden and are subject to removal when reported and/or spotted by an administrator. If the chalked photos appear on memorials that YOU have created and maintain, you can ask to have them removed if you object to them, at which time they will be deleted. In such a case, report the photos to

    When it is determined that there are enough cemetery photos for a particular cemetery, this button is turned off. If you believe your photo is significantly better than one of the current photos, contact us at Include the URL to the cemetery and photo in question. The photo may or may not be accepted.

    Only the manager of the memorial can sort the photos. If you are the manager of the memorial, click on the photos tab, then click on 'Sort photos'.
    The Change Photo Order popup will allow you to drag the photos to a different order. The photo in the first position becomes the Cover Photo. Select 'Save order'.