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'''[[Image:Billiongraves twitter icon.png|right|200x200px|Billiongraves twitter icon.png]]BillionGraves''' consists of a [http://billiongraves.com website] and smartphone app by AppTime, LLC.&nbsp;Their goal is to get a billion graves (or more) put online, and made searchable.<br>
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'''[[Image:Billiongraves twitter icon.png|right|200x200px|Billiongraves twitter icon.png]]BillionGraves''' is the world's largest GPS-linked cemetery database and it is growing bigger and better every day. You can help by taking photos of headstones and then transcribing the names and dates on the images.
  
<br>BillionGraves has two major components to it, which are the keys to its success.  
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BillionGraves’ mission is to preserve the world's cemeteries, one headstone at a time. Each gravestone is marked with a GPS location, making them readily available '''for free''' for millions of families around the globe for genealogical research for generations to come.
  
Photographing headstones in cemeteries and all the headstones in each cemetery.  
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=== Deteriorating Gravestones ===
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Across the world, gravestones are deteriorating and erosion is erasing the precious details of our ancestor’s lives. With BillionGraves, even if a loved one’s gravestone is damaged or worn by time, the invaluable information recorded at their final resting place will still be available.  
  
*Smartphones, such as the iPhone or Android phones.  
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How can you help? Grab your smartphone, download the free BillionGraves app and head out to your nearest cemetery. It's as easy as taking pictures of each grave as you walk along. '''The app will capture the GPS location automatically''' and in just a short visit hundreds of records can be preserved. When you are finished upload the photos - with one click of a button - so everyone can use them for family history and to keep the memories alive of those you honor and love.
*Tablet devices (two models of iPads, many Android tablets)
 
  
Transcribing photographed headstones:
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=== '''Getting Started''' ===
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1.    Download the BillionGraves app to smartphone. 
  
*Crowdsourcing transcriptions done via the web
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2.    Create a free account on the app or [https://billiongraves.com online].
  
==== Gathering Headstone Images via Smartphone  ====
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3.   In the app click on "take pictures" to begin taking photos in your local cemetery. 
  
'''What does a smartphone, iPad, or Android tablet have to do with getting a billion graves?'''
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4.   When finished, connect to Wi-Fi and upload cemetery photos.
  
#'''Increased speed''' of photography - Many smart phones photograph images quickly and save images even faster than either a simple digital camera or a DSLR.
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5.   Repeat! :) 
#The phone's '''GPS organizes everything''' - It will put the photos in the correct cemetery and will GPS tag every photo's location exactly. This feature is exciting for many reasons, such as keeping track of which headstones have been photographed already and helping descendents find the headstone should they want to visit in person. On Find A Grave you have to select which cemetery to upload your photos to after you took your camera home and transferred the photos to your computer.
 
#'''Instant uploading''' - If you have a good data plan, upload images while you are taking more pictures. The phone does it for you, just set it up under the settings tab of the app. If your data plan is an issue you can simply wait until you get to WiFi, start the process, and the phone does the rest. You can even save more time by having your phone auto-delete images that have been uploaded. Even if you do not have a data plan on your smartphone or tablet, you can still upload via Wifi, all the phone or tablet needs otherwise is to have a working, good GPS. This can be useful even if you are unable to connect to your data network, especially true if you are travelling outside your home country or region. For more information see 'A Worldwide Effort', below.
 
  
==== BillionGraves and Crowdsourcing  ====
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=== '''Find a cemetery to photograph''' ===
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1. In the app, click on "find cemeteries".
  
'''How will crowdsourcing help?'''
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2. Select a cemetery nearby. Tap the arrow for driving directions and additional cemetery info.
  
Crowdsourcing means that anyone can help with transcription. All you have to do is go to BillionGraves.com and click "[http://billiongraves.com/pages/transcribe/ Transcribe]." The online transcribing form is easy to use. With Find A Grave you could transcribe them yourself or... that is basically the only option. If you are good at taking lots of pictures, but only transcribe a little at a time then this feature is for you. You can even choose to only transcribe or to only photograph graves. It is kind of like a FamilySearch Indexing for cemeteries and graves.  
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3. Click on "map" to see a map of the cemetery and pins of photos already taken.
  
==== A Worldwide Volunteer Effort  ====
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4. If no pins are present on the map, photograph the entire cemetery.
  
As of May 2012, almost 90 percent of the data on the BillionGraves website is from the United States, with a few cemeteries in Western Europe, Australia, and a few other places also represented. However, if you are traveling and are not in the coverage area of your data plan, take the photographs at any cemetery that might be near where you are, and upload them later at any location where you can access a wifi network.  
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5. If pins are present, locate a section of the cemetery with no pins and begin taking photos.
  
There are perhaps hundreds of thousands of cemeteries worldwide, and most have never been documented in any way before outside the records that are or were kept by those that run the cemetery. And sometimes no such records exist either or were lost or destroyed for some reason. Some do not appear even on Google Maps or any other mapping site, you may just run across them. Go ahead, take the pictures, upload them from a wifi location, and also the app allows you to add the cemetery, if it is not on the site, when you are actually in the cemetery, so when the upload is done, it will also upload the cemetery information and GPS coordinates as well that you gather along with the photos.  
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For additional videos and resources to help you get started, click [https://billiongraves.com/volunteer#resources HERE].
  
==== BillionGraves, a FamilySearch Affiliate ====
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=== BillionGraves and Crowdsourcing ===
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Crowdsourcing means that anyone can help!
  
BillionGraves is an affiliate of FamilySearch and has been featured on the FamilySearch blog: <br>
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Here are three ways you can participate in BillionGraves:
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* You can take photos at a cemetery.
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* You can take photos at a cemetery and then transcribe the information from your own images.
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* You can transcribe the information from images someone else has taken. All you have to do is go to BillionGraves.com and click "[http://billiongraves.com/pages/transcribe/ Transcribe]." The online transcribing form is easy to use.
  
*[https://familysearch.org/blog/billiongraves/ BillionGraves]<br>
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=== BillionGraves, a Certified FamilySearch Partner  ===
*[https://familysearch.org/blog/preserving-memories-billion-graves/ Preserving the Memories of A Billion Graves]<br>
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BillionGraves is a certified partner of FamilySearch with read-and-write integrations into the FamilySearch Family Tree.
*[https://familysearch.org/blog/learn-billiongravescom/ Learn More about BillionGraves.com]<br>
 
  
According to one post, Preserving the Memories of A Billion Graves: "All extracted information will be searchable through the BillionGraves’ website database, and will soon be accessible at FamilySearch.org."&nbsp; This was accomplished on 25 May 2012, and each record also has a link to the image as it is found on the BillionGraves website.<br>
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Records and modifications made on the BillionGraves website are reflected on FamilySearch.  
  
==== For More Information  ====
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BillionGraves has been featured on the FamilySearch blog:<br>
  
To learn more about searching the BillionGraves database on FamilySearch.org go to <br>[[Billiongraves Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Billiongraves Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/billiongraves/ BillionGraves]<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/preserving-memories-billion-graves/ Preserving the Memories of A Billion Graves]<br>  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/BillionGraves Learn More about BillionGraves.com]<br>
  
==== The Goal of BillionGraves ====
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All extracted information that is searchable through the [https://billiongraves.com BillionGraves’ website database] is also accessible at [[FamilySearch.org]].&nbsp; <br>To learn more about searching the BillionGraves database on FamilySearch.org go to [[Billiongraves Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|Billiongraves Index - FamilySearch Historical Records]].
  
From the BillionGraves.com website:
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=== The Goal of BillionGraves ===
  
BillionGraves' Goal
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We are working to provide an expansive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. We need you to help us by collecting images from cemeteries around the world.
  
We hope to provide an expansive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. We need you to help us by collecting images from your local cemeteries and transcribing the information those headstone images provide.
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Help us make family history research more accessible to everyone. Download the BillionGraves iOS/Android app and head out to a cemetery so you can help contribute to the GPS-linked gravestone image database!
  
Help us make family history research more accessible to everyone. Take the BillionGraves.com iPhone/Android app with you when you go to the cemetery and contribute to the grave image database. Even if you don’t have the gadgets required to collect images for BillionGraves, you can still help build the database by transcribing the images so anyone, anywhere, can find ancestors’ graves with just a few clicks of the mouse.
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Latest revision as of 01:21, 24 May 2019

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BillionGraves is the world's largest GPS-linked cemetery database and it is growing bigger and better every day. You can help by taking photos of headstones and then transcribing the names and dates on the images.

BillionGraves’ mission is to preserve the world's cemeteries, one headstone at a time. Each gravestone is marked with a GPS location, making them readily available for free for millions of families around the globe for genealogical research for generations to come.

Deteriorating Gravestones[edit | edit source]

Across the world, gravestones are deteriorating and erosion is erasing the precious details of our ancestor’s lives. With BillionGraves, even if a loved one’s gravestone is damaged or worn by time, the invaluable information recorded at their final resting place will still be available.

How can you help? Grab your smartphone, download the free BillionGraves app and head out to your nearest cemetery. It's as easy as taking pictures of each grave as you walk along. The app will capture the GPS location automatically and in just a short visit hundreds of records can be preserved. When you are finished upload the photos - with one click of a button - so everyone can use them for family history and to keep the memories alive of those you honor and love.

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

1.    Download the BillionGraves app to smartphone. 

2.    Create a free account on the app or online.

3.   In the app click on "take pictures" to begin taking photos in your local cemetery. 

4.   When finished, connect to Wi-Fi and upload cemetery photos.

5.   Repeat! :) 

Find a cemetery to photograph[edit | edit source]

1. In the app, click on "find cemeteries".

2. Select a cemetery nearby. Tap the arrow for driving directions and additional cemetery info.

3. Click on "map" to see a map of the cemetery and pins of photos already taken.

4. If no pins are present on the map, photograph the entire cemetery.

5. If pins are present, locate a section of the cemetery with no pins and begin taking photos.

For additional videos and resources to help you get started, click HERE.

BillionGraves and Crowdsourcing[edit | edit source]

Crowdsourcing means that anyone can help!

Here are three ways you can participate in BillionGraves:

  • You can take photos at a cemetery.
  • You can take photos at a cemetery and then transcribe the information from your own images.
  • You can transcribe the information from images someone else has taken. All you have to do is go to BillionGraves.com and click "Transcribe." The online transcribing form is easy to use.

BillionGraves, a Certified FamilySearch Partner[edit | edit source]

BillionGraves is a certified partner of FamilySearch with read-and-write integrations into the FamilySearch Family Tree.

Records and modifications made on the BillionGraves website are reflected on FamilySearch.

BillionGraves has been featured on the FamilySearch blog:

All extracted information that is searchable through the BillionGraves’ website database is also accessible at FamilySearch.org
To learn more about searching the BillionGraves database on FamilySearch.org go to Billiongraves Index - FamilySearch Historical Records.

The Goal of BillionGraves[edit | edit source]

We are working to provide an expansive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. We need you to help us by collecting images from cemeteries around the world.

Help us make family history research more accessible to everyone. Download the BillionGraves iOS/Android app and head out to a cemetery so you can help contribute to the GPS-linked gravestone image database!