Monday, May 26, 2014

Ancestry.com Updates Find-a-Grave iOS App

The Find A Grave app support background upload.Just in time for Memorial Day, Ancestry.com has released several often requested features for its Find-a-Grave app.

The app can now upload photos in the background while you continue to take photographs. This can be a big help when you are shooting grave after grave, particularly when connection speed is slow in a distant, rural cemetery.

You can set the app to upload photos only when connected via Wi-Fi. This avoids use of costly minutes from your cell phone’s data package.

You can set the app to automatically delete photos after upload.

These Memorial Day features follow the release last month of other features. (I’m a little behind on updating you about mobile apps.)

You can view profiles and edit your own profile. You can take a selfie for your profile. You can see your contributions, your photo requests, and your claims.

You can create virtual cemeteries to organize groups of memorials.

Last month Ancestry.com also tweaked some of the features of the app.

By default, the app searches all locations, not just those near you. For specifying locations, the app gives you a list to select from. This ensures the location matches those in Find-a-Grave.

The app can rotate a photo.

The app displays GPS coordinates, where known, for a memorial. If you click the coordinates, the app displays the location on a map. The app displays both memorial contributor and, when different, manager. The app links these to their profiles. The app makes it more obvious how to add a memorial.

Ancestry.com first released the app in March 2014. The app gives you access to more than 100 million graves in half a million cemeteries around the world. Look up a grave anytime, anywhere you have cell phone coverage. Request a photo from over 200,000 volunteers or snap one yourself. Honor ancestors by creating memorials with bios and photos.

The Find-a-Grave app is available for free from the iOS App Store.

2 comments:

  1. Any word on an official Android app with these features? The unofficial app is okay but not as nice as the iOS one.

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    1. In a recent blog article, Mike Lawless, a Senior Product Manager over Find A Grave said, “Finally, we are planning our Android App as well, and though I don’t have a release date, Android is certainly not forgotten.” - See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/03/03/find-a-grave-mobile-app-for-ios-now-available/#sthash.WtEsTMyk.dpuf

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