Find-a-grave’s New Feature

Well, folks, findagrave.com just keeps getting better and better for the genealogist! I went to the site today after not logging on to it for a while and I noticed a new twist to the family links option that they added a while back. I guess I should back up here a bit. When I first started using find-a-grave, if you wanted to have a link from one memorial to another (say husband to wife or child to parent), you needed to embed html-style links in the bio. A visitor to the site would then be able to click on the link and go directly to the other memorial. This worked, but it took some effort to add the html tags.

Then a little while ago, they added a unique id number that prints out on the bottom of each memorial page. You could then cut and paste the id number to a new field called ‘parent links’ and hot-link to the parents memorials. Well, now they’ve expanded and improved upon the linking. Not only can you link to parents, but also to spouse(s). In addition, the new family link also does link-back. What this means, is that if from the husband’s memorial you add a link to the wife’s, her memorial automatically gets a link back to the husband. Very nice and quite a time-saver! In addition, if you link to a parent’s memorial, the parent’s page now puts a link-back to the child! Currently it only works in one direction, meaning you have to add a parent link to the child – you cannot add children links to parents, they can only be generated. But that’s okay. All in all, it’s a great way to click around through relatives without having to do searches. This is such a great feature that as time permits, I think I will go back and update my memorials with the family links!!

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