Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Find-a-Grave Project

I'd like to tell you all about a new project I am working on. Find a Grave is a great website is a website created to save both old and new gravesites online. It was created by a fellow named Jim Tipton. Jim was born in Michigan but spent most of his youth in Denver, Colorado. As a kid, when he wasn't solving the Rubik's cube with his feet or juggling fire, Jim was figuring out how anything electronic worked. The arrival of the personal computer brought a whole new outlet for Jim's nerdy tendencies. Jim attended Grinnell College in Iowa and earned a degree in music. He now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah (non-Mormon) with his wife, daughter and three cats.

Jim created the Find A Grave website in 1995 because he could not find an existing site that catered to his hobby of visiting the graves of famous people. He found that there are many thousands of folks around the world who share his interests. What began as an odd hobby became a livelihood and a passion.

Building and seeing Find A Grave grow beyond his wildest expectations has been immensely satisfying for Jim. Every day, contributors from around the world enter new records, thousands use the site as an educational reference tool, long-lost loved ones are located and millions of lives are fondly remembered. In what other line of work would Jim have met one of the last living munchkins, spoken to a gathering of grave enthusiasts in a Hollywood mausoleum and acquired treasures like his antique coffin screwdriver (it only screws in)?

I have started entering into Find-a-Grave every person laid to rest in the Cisne Cemetery. I had entered a few relatives already, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to save the entire cemetery for other geneaologists. I began a couple of weeks ago and thus far have entered in (with photographs of the stones) almost 300 graves - I am estimating that there are about 3,000 people buried there. You can access the Cisne Cemetery by clicking here and then searching the interments:

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