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BillionGraves Project

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By Kristy Stewart

Over Memorial Day weekend of this year, BillionGraves.com launched a website and an integrated mobile app to make recording and mapping grave markers efficient and simple. Anyone with an iPhone or a true-GPS Androidphone can use the app to snap photos of grave markers, and the photos areembedded with GPS tags. The app then uploads the photos to BillionGraves.com, where they are sorted by cemetery. Then any registered user (registration is free) can transcribe the information from the stone to make it searchable.

This service facilitates an efficient way to preserve images of headstones and make them easy to find. Family historians and genealogistscan search the records, see the actual stone, and locate it on a map using theGPS information. The process is streamlined and allows users to ensure the quality they need.

At BillionGraves.com, preserving the past is essential. Already, many old grave markers are unreadable or close to it. By making it easy to upload images loaded with location-based information as well as what is visible on the stone, the project hopes to collect records of stones that mayevade preservation or decay before restoration is possible.

If you’d like to participate in the BillionGraves project, please either download the app (available for iPhone from the iTunes store and for Android from the Android Market) or register on the site and start transcribing photos from the ever-growing database.

Project Website address is: http://www.billiongraves.com

Project Blog address is: http://billiongraves.blogspot.com


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