As a genealogist, collecting information from headstones is essential. They are a rich source of family history as well as a closer step to feeling closer to your ancestors.
Considering the alarming rate of gravestones being destroyed and overlapped, various projects have spearheaded its preservation— one of which is the BillionGraves Project.
If you’re interested to learning more about your ancestral history or simply want to help others in the same quest, then read on below.
What is the Billion Graves Project?
The BillionGraves Project aims to collect over a billion images of graves and upload it online for the rest of the world to see and study. This is a vital piece of information for those who wish to get closer to their deceased loved ones.
Why is there such a project?
Not only does this help genealogists and family members, it also preserves the stories only told through headstones.
How does it work?
If you aim to help the project, you can simply register and download their free app to begin your photo-taking. One of the best parts about it is you can upload as many as 500 gravestones in an hour. Once you’ve taken enough photos, they will then be transported to the BillionGraves website.
Apart from taking photos, you can still help even if you don’t have a smartphone. Since there are tons of gravestones that need to be transcribed, you can easily sign up to do such tasks.
As a researcher, you can easily go to their site and look for gravestones through the use of your deceased person’s details (name, birth date, etc.) or through the a cemetery lookup.
How can you get started?
The project is ambitious but it can easily be achieved because of the simple reference guide you can download for free. Depending on how much you are willing to do and the extent of your efforts, you can choose among Quick Reference Guide, Information Packet or Eagle Scout Information Packet.
For more information, you can check out their website and begin helping them to attain their goal.