The New Zealand-based forum, World-Epitaph.com, was recently launched as an alternative to short-run newspaper obituaries, and allows users worldwide to post permanent epitaphs online to honor their deceased family members. In addition to serving as a memorial site for users’ loved ones, the forum has the potential to become a valuable genealogical research tool. This is especially true for those researching their family history in New Zealand, which is the geographical area most represented in the more than 100 epitaphs currently posted and growing.
Although New Zealand comprises most of the current epitaphs and obituaries posted to the forum, the site is open to users internationally. All epitaphs posted are grouped by location and time period, and will remain listed on the forum permanently. The forum environment of world-epitaph.com serves as a unique alternative to newspaper obituaries, because not only can users post an epitaph, but they can include photos. Friends and family members can also add to the forum postings by sharing stories or memories of their departed loved ones, making the forum a potential genealogical gold mine for researchers in the future as the site continues to grow.
There is a one-time fee of NZ $35 to use the forum. That fee allows a user to post an unlimited amount of epitaphs or obituaries, including adding photos. Registration is available using a simple form available from the forum.
World-Epitaph.com is a global epitaph and obituary forum created in 2006 by Pascal Erdmann. The forum is based in New Zealand, but allows users worldwide to post epitaphs for their departed family members as a way of honoring the deceased. The site can also serve as a research tool for individuals interested in genealogical research, by containing photos, death information, and even some family memories for listed individuals. There is a one-time fee to use the service and post an unlimited number of epitaphs.