Tuesday, June 14, 2011

✍ FYI: Find a Grave

For Your Information...
Find a Grave
Ok, I know some of you might be a bit perturbed at the thought of looking up someone's grave but just out of curiousity, have you ever wondered where say... I don't know, Elvis Presley was buried?  What does his gravestone look like... or does he even have one?  If he does, is it huge or small?  Does it have his picture on it?

Who the hell is Elvis Presley you say? (God, I feel ancient).  Well I didn't really know him per se since he became famous way before I was born but I remember his music being played everywhere, even 'til this day...
Elvis Aaron Presley (1935-1977), otherwise known as the "king of rock and roll" was a rock and roll singer and actor respectively.  In 1956 he released the singles "Heartbreak Hotel," "Blue Suede Shoes," "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender", all of which reached gold record status (selling over 1,000,000 copies). In August of that year he began filming his first movie "Love Me Tender."  He had one daughter, maybe you have heard of her - Lisa Marie Presley.  During his career he had 94 gold singles, three gold EPs, and over 40 gold albums. His 33 movies grossed over $180 million and millions more were made by the merchandising of Elvis products. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. Elvis died at Graceland. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure. Later it was determined that drug abuse may have been a contributing factor. He was an international sensation. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.

Ok, enough history lesson, back to the site at hand, Find A Grave.  So, say you wanted to look up where Elvis was buried. Then type in the name in their search box....

A page with results will appear....

Be sure to click on the right link if there is more than one person by that name and presto!....

A page showing all the pertinent information relating to Elvis Presley will appear along with pics of where he was buried.  Why do they do this?  Well, Find A Grave believe this information is important for many reasons. It is of great historical importance to have a record of all those who have been a part of our collective humanity. Burial information is a wonderful resource for people researching their families (genealogists). Most importantly, visiting a gravesite is a way of keeping the memory of someone alive. They aim to create a comprehensive 'virtual cemetery' where loved ones can visit graves, leave flowers, etc. when they cannot do so in real life due to geography, finances or other circumstances.

Pic by Kieran Smith

Pic by Connie Nisinger

Find A Grave is completely FREE! They do not charge anything for any of their services. You can become a member, create a memorial, submit data, add flowers, add photos and search their database at no charge.You can find the grave of someone famous or otherwise, or by location - from North America to South America, Europe and Asia as well as Australia and Oceania, or you can search by date.

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