Saturday, March 29, 2014

Find A Grave mobile app

I used the new Find A Grave mobile app!  This is an eagerly awaited, highly useful tool.  The website and app are both free.

I have not posted much on cemeteries lately because of the perpetual blanket of snow on the ground.  Most of the snow has melted now.

You can use the app to locate a cemetery using the map feature.  You can also add new graves and add information to existing entries, including GPS coordinates.

Pick a location and see all the cemeteries nearby

Find A Grave mobile app
Click on a tombstone on the map to see the name of the cemetery,
number of memorials, and number of pending photo requests

I visited Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey.  I found a new occupant and used the app to see if a memorial had been added.  It had not.  So I went ahead and created a new memorial right there in the cemetery using the app.

I added the name, birth and death dates, and a photo- at which point the phone became stuck on the upload.

Then it started to rain.

I snapped a picture of the surrounding area, which is a good idea to make it easier to locate the grave for anyone's future visit.

At home, on a wi-fi signal, I tried uploading the photo again and received a Successful message.

This is the web version of the new memorial.  GPS coordinates are automatically included!  You can add GPS coordinates for an existing memorial using the app, but make sure you are standing at the gravesite when doing so.  There is a built-in protection so that you cannot add GPS coordinates if you are not near the cemetery.

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