Genealogy: BillionGraves Crowdsourcing App Announced


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Billion GravesMyHeritage, the popular online family history network, has partnered with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to help preserve the world’s cemeteries.

BillionGraves is a free iOS and Android application that lets users easily photograph and document gravestones and record their GPS locations. The gravestone photographs are then expected to be transcribed by volunteers on the BillionGraves website, resulting in searchable digital data. The app is expected to be available in 25 languages and support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates.

With a community of tens of millions of family history enthusiasts all around the world, MyHeritage brings a vast global volunteer base for collecting and transcribing gravestone photos using the BillionGraves application.

All records collected are expected to be made available for free on the BillionGraves and MyHeritage websites.

Over the coming weeks, MyHeritage users will receive documentation about the project and will be able to download the application via a special website designed for this project.

For more information visit www.myheritage.com.

3 thoughts on “Genealogy: BillionGraves Crowdsourcing App Announced

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  2. Roger

    I wonder why you are duplicating what Find-A-Grave already does? I also would be concerned that the site will not stay free and at some point the public will have to pay to use it. Lastly, I wonder how long before you sell out to Ancestry.com or are you already a sub site of them.

    I have been providing cemetery information for years to many sites and it seems that Ancestry has been buying them all up. At what point does Ancestry start charging for all the free information they receive from volunteers to various websites? So Far Find-A-Grave is still free but I fear they will charge sometime as well.

    I realize there are expenses involved in running a large website but to take FREE information from hundreds of people doing all the leg work and then charging for the use of the website is just not right.

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  3. Roberta

    In reply to Roger: While Find-a-Grave and BillionGraves appear to be doing the same thing, they claim to have different missions. I am a MyHeritage user and that site already charges for almost all functions. Users of the very minimal free features are constantly led to links for features available only to paying users. MyHeritage tactics most remind be of Classmates.com

    This new app is certain to increase the number of gravestones at BillionGraves.com but it may be more modest than they hope. I have taken and uploaded over 2000 gravestone photos. One cemetery I used to visit sends their ground crew out to harass people who are observed taking photos. A few prohibit it outright. One board member told me that they are planning to take photos themselves and charge for them.

    And while there may be “tens of millions of family history enthusiasts” sitting at computers, they are certainly not out in the field. The only people I’ve seen in the cemetery with Android phones have been vandals. They like to take selfies (I wish that was a joke but it’s not).

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