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The following post continues the Mobile Monday Series reviewing various apps for mobile devices that help doing genealogy while you are on the go. If you haven't been following this series be sure to check previous posts:
Find A Grave
For those of you who use the website Find A Grave, you will absolutely love this next app!
First off, my brother just bought one of the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs which I have to say, it is pretty awesome! For someone who has been so devoted to Macs, I will admit that playing with this new toy has made me want to get an Android system. For those of you who don't know what the Galaxy Tab is, it is Samsung's equivalent to the iPad.
After playing with it for a while I said to him "now that you have an Android operating system, I can download genealogy apps so I can do reviews on them and put them on my blog". He looked at me for a second, smiled, and then said "yeah, sure". He obviously isn't a genealogist!
One of the first apps I saw in the Android Marketplace was the Find A Grave app. Though this app is still in beta mode, I find it to be quite an amazing app!
Upon opening the app, the homescreen has four icons - Search, Create, Profile and Lists.
The first thing you want to do is log in if you have a Find A Grave account. This will allow you to
The search icon obviously lets you search the Find A Grave database for any Memorial or Cemetery that has been created or added. When you first click on the Search icon, you first specify whether you want to search for a Memorial of a Cemetery.
First, we will do a Memorial search. Enter in all the information you know about the individual you are searching for in the fields as shown below.
Once you fill out all the information you know about the individual, scroll down to the bottom and click Search. With my search criteria, only one match came up in the results.
For other searches, depending on how broad of a search you do you will get more results. Since I knew the exact birth and death information, and since I have learned this ancestor's name is pretty uncommon, only one result came up. Simply click on the search result to pull up their Find A Grave profile.
As you can see from the images above, the profiles are almost exactly what you see on the website from your desktop. Any images of the headstones or any other images you upload will also show within the app. If you want to view the images larger, simply click on them. While there isn't an option to "download" the image, you can always take a screenshot of the screen which will save to your Gallery in your applications folder. From there you can always transfer it to your computer via syncing, bluetooth, email, etc. I am not sure if saving screenshots are the same on all Android devices, but on the Galaxy Tab you simply hold down the "back" button on the bottom of the device and at the same time you push in the power button. You know you have done it correctly if you hear a "camera snap".
As you can also see from the image above, you are able to click on the Cemetery name which will take you directly to that Cemeteries page where you can view all the internments as well as view the cemetery on a map.
Searching for a Cemetery is the same as searching for a Memorial. Fill out all the fields you are able to, and click search.
Creating a Memorial is very simple and easy to do as well. On the home screen of the app, click on Create. From here, fill out all the information you can about the individual you are adding and click Create.
The profile icon on the home screen is still in development. When you click the icon, the screen says "Coming Soon". I am assuming this will let you view profiles of other Find A Grave users and contributors.
I am not sure what the Lists icon is supposed to do. When I click on it there is nothing on the screen. I think this part of the app is still under development as well. If anyone has any insights as to what this part of the app is supposed to do or will do, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. It may just not be working for me.
Like I said earlier, even though this app is still in beta, I believe it to be a great app and very fun! I could spend hours just searching for people on this app. Things I think would be a good addition to see in the app in the future are the ability to download the images directly from the app without having to take a screenshot and also some social media icons where we can share Memorials, Cemeteries, Profiles, etc. on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
I highly recommend downloading this app and trying it out for yourself. If you download it or already have, please leave a comment below and tell us what you think about the app! If you want more information about this app, please visit the developer's Find A Grave App website at http://bit.ly/findagrave_android.
And of course, one of the best things about this app is it is FREE!!