I use FindAGrave quite a bit in my research. It can be a great way to get pictures of tombstones that I otherwise would not be able to. Transcriptions of stones (when they are actual transcriptions and not borderline biographies) are great as well.
The rest of it I can take or leave as sometimes it seems like FindAGrave is getting beyond it’s original purpose. I generally don’t use the other memorial information–unless there’s an obituary with a date and place of publication. That’s my personal preference.
But the update.
I know that the old site needed an update so that it displayed better and worked better on phones. There may even have been some programming on the site that needed to be updated. I understand why there are ads on the site.
But why does each FindAGrave page feel like a very old MySpace page? Couldn’t they have modernized the display, updated the code, and kept the ads without using the layout format they chose?
I find myself doing less browsing of memorials on FindAGrave since the change.
Note: For the time being the old interface can be accessed at http://old.findagrave.com