"Find A Grave is excited to bring our database of 16 million burial records to the growing World Vital Records' community. We believe that the more accessible this information can be made, the more it will help people make meaningful family connections," said Jim Tipton, CEO, Find A Grave.
Find A Grave has grown over the past 12 years with more than 200,000 individuals contributing valuable information such as lists of cemeteries, names, photographs, and additional burial information.
"Find A Grave started out as a hobby for Jim Tipton, which has become one of the most popular places on the Web to upload tombstone inscriptions. I'm thrilled with this partnership and with the success he has had in helping millions of people find the burial places of their loved ones," said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.
Genealogy expert, Leland Meitzler, also applauded the new partnership.
"Find A Grave is growing rapidly. The growth on that site is absolutely unbelievable because there are volunteers everywhere contributing to it. People have figured out this is the easiest place online to put their burial information," said Leland Meitzler, Managing Director, Everton Publishers.
WorldVitalRecords.com is excited to be working with Find A Grave because of the great value the cemetery records will bring to its members.
"Cemetery records are critical for genealogy. The bottom line is that in many cases, the cemetery is the only place you will find a record of some folks. For some babies a cemetery is the only place where something was recorded that they actually lived," Meitzler said. "Infant mortality was rampant, even in the U.S., just a few decades ago. In my own case, I have a number of children's death records, and the only place I found them was in the cemetery."
Individuals who wish to search for burial information should go to WorldVitalRecords.com, click on View All Databases, and then click on Find A Grave database under birth, marriage, and death records.