Noticed a few new things on Find-A-Grave recently. When I went to the site a few days, I had to change my password as it didn’t meet the 8 character minimum. In the past, they allowed you to have a shorter password.
Next, they added age after the person’s death date. Don’t know if it automatically calculates it based on actual birth and death dates when both are entered or if it assumes an age if only the birth year is entered with. a full death date for the individual.
They now show marriage year if it was added to the memorial when linked to a spouse (m. 1959 – for example). On the plus side, if a person was married more than once and the marriage years have been added when linking, then it will show the marriage year for each spouse.
In addition, the siblings and half siblings are listed separately. In the past, a half-sibling was denoted by ** and a full sibling by *. Now the full siblings are listed first under Siblings and half siblings are listed below under Half Siblings.
You can see some of the other changes I mentioned at https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/additional-find-a-grave-changes-that-havent-been-talked-about-much/ and https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/lesser-known-changes-to-find-a-graves-latest-update/. I have posted several other updates on changes to Find-A-Grave.
Another new change is the addition of a Classic theme. Initially, they only offered two color schemes: Dark and Light – Light tended to be easier on the eyes for many people. If you are logged into Find-A-Grave, you can click on this link https://www.findagrave.com/user/account/site-preferences?accountUpdated=true to access the three color scheme choices. In the preview images, Light and Classic look exactly the same. I switched to Classic from Light to see if I can tell the difference and I don’t see any. It may be subtle enough that I am missing the distinction.
You can now set a photo as the cover photo (the one people see when they are doing a search) easier than it used to be. The downside is they encourage using a personal photo as the default cover photo. Considering how many people accidentally added a personal photo using the headstone photo, it’s not always easy to tell if a person has a headstone photo in those instances. On the plus side, it’s easier to switch the type of photo in case you accidentally add the photo under the wrong category.
A last item is the ability to change the flower when you are adding a flower or token to a memorial. In the past, you would have to either hit the Back arrow or not save the flower/token. Now, you can click on edit flower if you notice you aren’t using the flower or token you thought you chose. This appears to only work before you add the flower or token.
There have been some changes to the flower/token section of the site. For example, how you move a flower within your scrapbook has changed. In the past, you typed in a number to move it up or down from its current place in your scrapbook. Now, you can drag and drop it in a new spot. This is a mixed blessing since it’s not easy to move an item more than a few rows up or down. I am not seeing duplicates (in cases where you accidentally added the same item two or more times – don’t know if they fixed it or I just not seeing them), other than the Forget-Me-Nots that represent an item that was deleted by either an admin or the original member who added it.
One change I don’t like is removing the satellite view from the cemetery map screen. This came in handy if I was trying to figure out if I had the right cemetery. It is sometimes easier to compare a satellite view of the cemetery.
Also, removing the search cemeteries by county, specifically the option where you could choose a county (Beta Mapper) and it would show you a map of each cemetery that had GPS coordinates – here’s the old site as an example: https://old.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/mapCems.cgi?countryer=4&stater=36&countyId=1981&searchType=allCems – in this case, it’s Broome County, New York, but you can switch it to different states and counties. I found it on the Sents site (scroll down to Beta Mapper – you have to change the www. to old. to get it to work if you use the Sents site Beta Mapper link.
Another bad change is when you search by location. The default seems to be city or county for the first field unless you specifically type out the city, county, and start typing state. This is a pain when there are numerous listings for the city or county name as it only shows a few of the possible choices. It’s why some managers incorrectly list the birth or death location.
I routinely use BillionGraves, U.S. GenWeb Tombstone Project, GenealogyTrails, Interment.net, the various Gravestones.org sites (note: the link is to the Alabama Gravestones partner sites – not all states have a Gravestones.org version at this time, but around 40 are listed in the link with one of those links being limited to the state’s Civil War veterans), and a handful of other graving websites. While there is a decent amount of duplication between the different graving sites, each often has a fair number of names that are only on one of the sites. It’s my desire to figure out where a great-grandfather is buried; so far, he’s not on any graving website and I regularly check them using first name or initial and last name. He was born 1849, but I haven’t come across a death certificate, obituary, or family story as to where or when he died. He was alive in the 1900 census. On Ancestry, other people’s trees have him dying 1900 – 1910 in Arkansas, Texas, or Canada. He’s not the only missing relative I can’t find a grave location, but he’s my current project. Some are more recent burials (mid-2000s or newer).