Find A Grave Provides More Than 17 Million Grave Records to

Provo, UT, August 10, 2007 --( Find A Grave announced its partnership with today, bringing more than 16 million grave records free to access online at

“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,

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. 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 , 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, click on View All Databases, and then click on Find A Grave database under birth, marriage, and death records.


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Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

About Find A Grave
Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends, and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool for genealogist and family history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos, bios. You can even leave 'virtual flowers' on the memorials you visit. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier online destination for tombstone tourists.

About World Vital Records, Inc.
Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists,, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch™.
World Vital Records, Inc.
Whitney Ransom