Don’t Panic! OLD Find-A-Grave Shutting Down August 20th, 2018

The sky is NOT FALLING! If you're still using the ORIGINAL Find-A-Grave website, you have until August 20, 2018 to get accustomed to the NEW look!

Find-A-Grave Users Must Transition to New Website by August 20, 2018!

Some readers may remember that almost FIVE YEARS AGO (yes, September 2013!), Ancestry announced it had purchases the Find-A-Grave website (read announcement HERE).

Well, while the new “look” for Find-A-Grave has been available for quite some time at, there are still some people who seem to prefer the “old look” which you can find at

Recently, Find-A-Grave has posted the following message to users who are still smitten with the “old look.”

Recently, Find-A-Grave has posted the following message to users who are still smitten with the "old look."

“The time has come for us to close down the old Find A Grave site.

The old site will be retired on August 20th.

We appreciate the great feedback we’ve received and have many many changes to the new site that we hope will make it easier for you to use. If there are specific things you still have trouble doing with the new site, please let us know by using the “Send Feedback” link at the bottom of any page of the new Find A Grave site. We will continue to work to improve the site and look forward to working with you to make it the best it can be.

The Find A Grave Team”

The transition date is August 20th, 2018. The sky shall not fall. It is not the end of the world. Change is good. This too shall pass.


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4 Comments on "Don’t Panic! OLD Find-A-Grave Shutting Down August 20th, 2018"

  1. Catherine Holcombe | 14 August 2018 at 11:22 am |

    The same thing happened when Ancestry was reformatted. So many customers hated it (me included) and even “jumped ship” (I didn’t). I don’t like the new Find a Grave program either and as with Ancestry, I still prefer the old site ( I thought the old sites to be more user friendly). It is what it is so I taught myself how to navigate the new programs. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Fold3 and Family Search (I don’t know if Ancestry owns FS or they are just in partnership) are in que for reformatting too.

  2. Jane Teachey | 16 August 2018 at 4:45 pm |

    I find the new site difficult. Finding a cemetery for name does not work unless you have the EXACT proper name. I liked being able to put in the state, county and pull up the list of cemeteries.

  3. Why did you HAVE to reformat it? What was wrong with the old format?
    I am a believer in, the old saw that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
    I agree with Jane Teachey. Sometimes you dont have exact data.

  4. Marcia Kohl | 20 August 2018 at 6:35 pm |

    It is confusing, cluttered with ads and “non-information” and the previous search arrangements were absolutely perfect, useful, effective. I wish time had been spent wrenching graves from “owners” and “collectors” who will not release because they “manage” a certain number and like to announce that number for the benefit of – whom? It’s wrong that those who “manage” the grave refuse to accept contact or respond. This has become so sad, what was a nice idea and a useful and helpful site has lost much meaning.

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