We’re featured on BillionGraves today!

With my new-to-me smartphone, we’ve had lots of fun taking photos for BillionGraves recently.  BillionGraves is a company whose goal is to literally document a billion graves around the world.  Get the free smartphone app and go out and take pictures of headstones and then it’s easy to upload them to BillionGraves.  They are automatically sorted into cemeteries based on the GPS data from your phone and receive a place marker on a world map.  Images then go into a queue for transcription by volunteers (kind of like FamilySearch Indexing) or you can transcribe the headstones you upload yourself, which is particularly helpful if they are your family members for whom you have more information than what is on their headstone.  All names in BillionGraves come up in search results done on FamilySearch and can be directly linked to individuals in FamilyTree.

So, the backstory–

BillionGraves had a contest during Rootstech back in March.  We entered, and we won!  In emailing back and forth with Lisa, who writes the BillionGraves blog, and sharing our mailing address for the winner’s tshirt, I mentioned, among other things that my 12-year-old son had attended Rootstech with me, that we homeschooled, and that his younger brothers were into genealogy just as much as he was.  She was impressed and asked if she could come interview us some time.

It took a while to get together working around DH’s shoulder surgery and her graduation from BYU, but finally we were able to meet her and her husband up at the Salt Lake City Cemetery and we had a delightful time together telling them our story, and sharing some of our passion, not only for family history, but for why doing it at this busy busy time in our lives has been a blessing.

Go take a look–Genealogy’s NOT just for Grandmas!


One Response

  1. Great story Kristiana! I think it’s great that you’ve gotten your children so interested. Mine will come with me from time to time out to the cemetery, but they aren’t so into it. :-). Love your experience!

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