Halloween is just around the corner. In the spirit of the season, we wanted to give you 4 tasty treats to kick start your Halloween festivities!
1. 14 Day Photo Hold
Our first tasty treat is for our photographers who like to transcribe and manage their own photos! After uploading your photos, you have not just 7, but 14 days to review, link/un-link, delete, and transcribe your own photos before they are added to the general transcription pool!
Manage images by date, cemetery, or images waiting for transcription on your My Images page. HERE
2. Linking Records
Our next treat is our new linking records features found on the transcription page. Ever come across a headstone while transcribing that needs to be linked to another image? No more going through support! Link images together to make complete records in seconds with our new linking features!
Learn more about how this new feature works HERE!
3. Managing Images
Another treat that we have for you is the added functions to manage your photos through the transcription page. This feature is for the perfectionist in all of us! Now you can transcribe specific folders in your My Photos. Easily correct errors of transcribed records, delete unwanted images that were uploaded, link records that need to be linked, and transcribe your own photos. Nobody knows your photos better. So why not give you the tools to manage them!
Learn more about managing your records HERE!
Learn more about deleting records during transcription HERE!
4. Sticky Filters & Transcription Queue Update
Last but not least, a double treat to sweeten your Halloween! Our updated Sticky Filters remembers your selected transcribing filters between sessions. Simply select photos to transcribe by Language, Country, or Cemetery and start transcribing. The next time you come back, we’ll remember where you left off!
We’ve also updated how we deliver your next images! When transcribing you’ll see photos deliver to you in this order:
1. Any specific image that you request by it’s ID.
2. Photos based on any filters you have set on the Transcription Page (14 day hold on photos apply)
3. Photos that you have uploaded.
4. Images within 100 miles from your location. (14 day hold on photos apply)
5. Images within your Country. (14 day hold on photos apply)
6. Images from around the World. (14 day hold on photos apply)
Note: If you have organized a project where you would like to access photos immediately to transcribe, simply navigate to the cemetery using our search function and click on the “Transcribe” button below the cemetery map to bypass the 14 day hold on photos.
We hope you enjoy these new tasty treats from BillionGraves! For any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us! http://billiongraves.com/support
Have a fun and safe Halloween Holiday wherever you are!
-The BillionGraves Team
The BillionGraves team is proud to announce that we have reached 11,000,000 million GPS headstone records, and 129,394 users! This is a big milestone in growth of BillonGraves! Thanks to all the contributors around the world! For those of you who prefer to see stats in a pretty little picture, we’ve created this small info graphic for you!
We are reaching each Million Mark faster and faster each time around. This time, it only took 57 days for our transcribers to create another million records! With the summer coming to a close and cold weather kicking in, there is no stopping our transcribers from creating another million records to share with the world! With new partnerships and dedicated contributors, we are growing our headstone record database internationally! With 630,000 records coming from the US, that means that nearly 370,000 records are coming from outside the US! That is a huge change for us and a huge advantage to those searching for ancestors overseas!
We want to thank everyone who helped us reach 11,000,000 so quickly! We couldn’t have done it without the wonderful contributors who are visiting and photographing cemeteries throughout the world as well as all those transcribing all those images!
If you want some additional stats to feed your craving, here are some additional statistics:
Riverside Cemetery, Illinois, USA: 83,299 Records
United Kingdom: 543,345
New Zealand: 171,603
The World’s Largest Collection of GPS Headstones!
In only 3 short years, BillionGraves has grown incredibly month after month! Now, thanks to over 125,000 volunteers from every corner of the globe, BillionGraves is the fastest growing AND the world’s largest collection of GPS tagged headstones!
Recently, we were honored to receive the Presidential Citation award at the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) conference, along with MyHeritage, for our partnership in promoting the preservation of international burial locations. (Read more)
It is a fact that we can accomplish amazing things when we truly collaborate!
With the help of our incredible volunteers and dedicated partners, BillionGraves records are now accessible to millions of families all over the world! Stories of genealogy break-through’s, families being reunited after years of searching, and family members once unknown, now discovered, are a daily occurrence thanks to the GPS headstone records found on BillionGraves! New enhancements at BillionGraves!
We want to continue to provide this amazing service to families all over the world. We also want to accelerate and simplify the work for you! New discoveries are only a click away when using BillionGraves! Starting today, through February 2015, BillionGraves will be releasing new features and improvements at an even faster rate! Whether on our mobile applications, improvements and updates to current features, to game-changing new enhancements; BillionGraves is changing the way the world does genealogy one feature at a time! As a part of many new enhancements, we are excited to release the fastest and easiest way to discover more with BillionGraves!
Introducing an all NEW and IMPROVED BillionGraves Plus Program! That’s right. We’ve completely revamped our BillionGraves Pus program to include even better features that will help you break through those brick walls and find your lost ancestors faster than ever!
Introducing 5 amazing features found ONLY on BillionGraves for 1 low price!!
Map It “Global Mapping”
With our GPS technology, turn your cluttered search results into a world-wide interactive map! The new BillionGraves “Map It” feature shows you within seconds exactly where your ancestors are buried. Discover who’s buried in the family plot or track down those elusive family members who moved to distant countries. Whether it’s the entire World or your local Cemetery, you have the ability to discover your ancestors from the comfort of your home. (Learn More)
BillionGraves.com Ad Free
Get rid of the distractions and clutter from unwanted ads on the BillionGraves website! Faster search results, bigger photos, and larger maps. Now get nothing but content that leads you to the conclusions you are looking for! A cleaner, faster, ad free BillionGraves is only a click away! (Learn More)
Virtual Walk-through (Enhanced!)
BillionGraves Virtual Walk-though lets you visit cemeteries as if you were really there, from the comfort of your home! Our GPS technology and high resolution photographs allow you to experience a virtual tour of any cemetery like no one else can provide. Find unknown relatives in family plots or virtually walk through a cemetery. You’ll be amazed at the treasures that are found by looking at gravestones near your ancestors! (Learn More)
No more searching day after day looking for a particular ancestor! Let us do the work for you! Set up an on-going search that notifies you the second your results are available! No need to keep searching again and again. We’ll email you a photo and a link to the headstone details as soon as it is available. (Learn More)
BillionGraves Priority Support
Prompt help when you need it makes all the difference. BillionGraves Priority Support GUARANTEES that you will receive the fastest personal support possible no matter what your question is! With a dedicated support staff, all Priority Support questions go to the top of the list! (Learn More)
Supercharge your account today with BillionGraves Plus!
As we mentioned above, BillionGraves will be releasing new features, products, and improvements constantly! By buying BillionGraves Plus TODAY you will receive all new features we add to BillionGraves Plus in the future FREE OF CHARGE!*
You can also EARN the BillionGraves Plus features:
Here is how you do it! Contribute to BillionGraves and you can receive FREE access to BillionGraves Plus features. Upload 2500 or more photographs or complete 500 or more transcriptions in one month and you will receive credit for one FREE month of BillionGraves Plus. Each credit that you earn can be activated when you are ready to use it. If you are already a BillionGraves Plus subscriber, your subscription will be extended for an additional month when you activate the credit.** It’s that simple! So what are you waiting for!? A bigger and better BillionGraves is waiting for you! October Win the Pin
For the top 100 contributors on the leaderboard (Top 50 photographers & Top 50 Transcribers) we will send you this month’s BillionGraves Collectors pin! So make sure you make it in the top 50 this month to get your pin!
As always, we are incredibly grateful to all of our volunteers and supporters around the world! We know we couldn’t do what we love, and help the people we help, without you!
-The BillionGraves Team!
BillionGraves is and will always be FREE for everyone to search and contribute! BillionGraves Plus is an OPTIONAL ADD-ON feature that provides enhanced insight into the records that have been collected!
*BillionGraves users with current(Prior to October 1, 2014 12:00 AM GMT) BillionGraves Plus subscriptions will be “grandfathered” into the new BillionGraves Plus system for the remainder of their subscription. Once your subscription has concluded, you will be required to upgrade to the new system and updated pricing.
*New BillionGraves Plus subscribers (as of October 1, 2014 12:00 AM GMT) will receive any updates to the BillionGraves Plus features for the duration of their initial subscription free of charge.
**No purchase necessary to participate to earn BillionGraves Plus. This feature available to every registered BillionGraves user. Monthly totals are calculated on the first day of each month and conclude on the 1st day of the following month. Bad/flagged photos or transcriptions will not count toward monthly totals.Read More
WOW! Another amazing month at BillionGraves with 474,089 new photos taken and 549,786 new records created with an additional 910,007 photos waiting to be transcribed! In total making more than 1,023,875 contributions during the month of September! Thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work!
During the months of July through September we’re giving away a 1-Week stay at a 5-Star Resort/Experience* anywhere in the world for the photographer and transcriber with the most photos and transcriptions between July 1 and September 30. That’s right, we aren’t just giving away 1 grand prize, we are giving away 2! One to the top photographer with over a 4 star rating and one to the top transcriber with over a 4 star rating!
The numbers have been crunched, the winners have been chosen!
With over 8,340 user entries into the contest, 1,494,696 photos, 1,706,824 records transcribed, and 910,007 additional photos waiting for transcription it has proven to be the most successful promotion in BillionGraves history with over 3,201,520 user contributions!
The winners of the Summer of More Vacation Get-away are:
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed during the Summer of More! We know we couldn’t do any of this without your help!
Also a special thank you to the top 50 photographers and transcribers who have won our collectors Win the Pin for September!
Winners: An email will be sent to your BG email by October 5, 2014 with instructions to claim your prize. Melyssaw and CLY you will be contacted separately with additional information to claim your prizes!
BillionGraves Summer of More!
There is only a few weeks left this Summer and we can’t get enough. Like you, we want Summer to last as long as possible! With only a few weeks left in summer it means there are only a few weeks left of the BillionGraves Summer of More Vacation Getaway! There are still enough time to get out and win an amazing vacation anywhere in the world on our dime! So grab your phones and friends and head out to the cemetery!
For those of you that need a refresher on the Summer of More promo; from July 1st through September 30th, the number of pictures you take and headstones you transcribe on a monthly basis will not only qualify you for the monthly prize giveaways AND the Pin Contest, but your grand total at the end of the summer will qualify you for the Summer of More Grand Prize – a 1-week vacation with 5-Star accommodations, anywhere in the world!* Read more below:
So, what else are we up to in September?
In August BillionGraves and MyHeritage were honored to be awarded the Presidential Citation award by FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) for our partnership in promoting the preservation of international burial locations! This is an incredible honor and thank FGS, MyHeritage, and of course our incredible volunteers that make it all happen!
View more about the award on MyHeritage’s blog HERE:
Some BIG changes coming to BillionGraves!
Keep an eye out for some incredible changes to BillionGraves in the weeks to come! Don’t want to spoil all the fun but there will be something for everyone with bug fixes, new features, new products, and enhancements! You are not going to want to miss out! So make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the newest releases!
Win the Pin
The Win the Pin contest with continue as normal – the top 50 photographers and the top 50 transcribers will win the pin for September! So make sure you are on the leaderboard so you don’t miss out on these collectors pins! This month’s pin turned out better than we imagined! The picture doesn’t give it justice! You will NOT want to miss this one!
Back to the Good Stuff…
As mentioned above, we’re giving away a 1-Week stay at a 5-Star Resort/Experience* anywhere in the world for the photographer and transcriber with the most photos and transcriptions between July 1 and September 30September 30. That’s right, we aren’t just giving away 1 grand prize, we are giving away 2! One to the top photographer with over a 4 star rating and one to the top transcriber with over a 4 star rating!
So whether you prefer an all-inclusive resort in Taiwan, a private yacht through the British Isles, a week in the Swiss Alps, or your own private cabin in the Rockies, you’ll want to jump all over this! To view the available locations check out The Registry Collection HERE or check out some of the photos from the resorts below. (Enlarge the pictures by clicking on them) These aren’t the only resorts that are available. There are resorts literally all over the world!
The winners will have 1 year to schedule a date and location, keeping in mind that the location is subject to availability. The winners will work with the BillionGraves staff to find and schedule their trips. BillionGraves will cover the expense for the week long trip and all fees associated with booking the trip. The winners must pay for all additional expenses (travel, food, souvenirs for the BillionGraves staff :), etc.)
Make this summer your Summer of More with more chances to win. Good luck!
Some Helpful Tips
• Register! It’s 100% free and 100% necessary if you’re going to participate in this competition.
• Like us on Facebook! It’s simple to do and keeps you constantly up to date will all the new amazing things we are doing at BG!
• Make it a habit. Go to the cemetery regularly—incorporate a local cemetery into your daily walk or bike ride, and snap some pictures along the way.
• The September Win the Pin Contest begins September 1, 2014 and ends September 30, 2014 @ 12:00 am GMT (That’s 6 pm MST)
• The Summer of More Grand Prize Contest begins July 1, 2014 and ends September 30, 2014 @ 12:00 am GMT (That’s 6 pm MST)
| A great way to reach your goal is to grab your friends and head out to the cemetery as a group!
The Summer of More promotion will be a individual and/or group effort. That means that you can get with your friends and family to upload more photos or transcribe more records. Some of the properties can hold 14-20 people! What better way to spend your next family reunion than by doing it with BillionGraves and enjoying an amazing vacation together! If everyone in the group logs their different devices into one account, your efforts will be combined, making it easier to hit your goal!
Note: Only one prize will be given per username. We will NOT combine usernames or accounts so make sure you do it all under the same username!
The Fine Print. (Cause we have to have fine print, right?)
- All photos and transcriptions must be submitted before the closing date of Sept 30, 2014 @ 12:00 am GMT (That’s 6 pm MST). Any submissions after that point will be excluded from the final results.
- This promotion is intended for photographers and transcribers. Let’s go outside!
- Supporting records will NOT be counted towards the monthly totals. Only images that originate from the genuine BillionGraves apps will be accepted.
- If you or another user marks a headstone picture as “bad” we deduct it from the uploader’s total images.
- We reserve the right, and will actively, audit any winners accounts for good photos and transcriptions.
- Good transcriptions are records that have ALL information accurately and fully transcribed. We will erase the record and have it re-transcribed if it’s not done correctly. Partial or incorrect transcriptions will be deducted from your total.
- Good photos are photos that are in focus, readable, STRAIGHT ON (pictures not taken from extreme angles), and fill the full picture. Just because a photo can be transcribed does NOT mean it is an acceptable photo. Proper technique must be used on all photos submitted.
- In the off chance that we don’t have enough images to transcribe, GO TAKE PICTURES! We will allow both photos taken and transcriptions completed to count ONLY if there are not enough pictures to transcribe.
- Make sure you have permission and are welcome to take pictures in your local cemetery before doing so. Remember, private cemeteries require permission of the owner before taking any pictures. No one likes a trespasser! Not cool!
- This promotion is open to all to participate for free. Registration is required. (Register HERE. Come on.You know you want to. It’s free!) An individual 18 years of age or older are required to claim the prize.
- More than one individual may contribute to a single account, however, the limit is one prize redemption per BillionGraves account. The prize will be claimed by only the username the combined work was completed under. BillionGraves will not arbitrate any disputes. ALL RECORDS MUST BE UNDER ONE ACCOUNT. BILLIONGRAVES WILL NOT COMBINE ACCOUNTS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.
- Items will ship in 6-8 weeks after contest closes for winners in the U.S. Please allow 8-12 for winners outside the U.S. However, our shipment robots are getting faster!
- Due to current world-unrest, some areas may increase the amount of time it takes for prizes to be delivered.
- Recipients will be required to provide a mailing address for physical items.
- Winners will be required to provided completed tax forms for redemption of any prize.
- REQUIRED: ALL PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED WITH PROPER MAILING/DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS BY THE 15TH OF EACH MONTH OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE PRIZE! WE WILL SEND OUT CONFIRMATION EMAILS BY THE 3RD OF EACH MONTH. IF YOU DON’T RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL ASKING FOR YOUR ADDRESS, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SENDING IT TO US BY THE 15TH AT SUPPORT@BILLIONGRAVES.COM.
-The BillionGraves Team
*See website for locations and availability. 600 “credits” through the Registry Collection will be allotted to each winner to use in their scheduling. Different locations and time of season will vary in “credits”. Any size room, location, and resort can be used as long as it is under the 600 credits. If not all 600 credits are used, the remaining credits are returned to BillionGraves. Winner must cover their own travel expenses including airfare, food(if not included in the resort already), and any other expense associated with the trip. Locations are subject to room availability and holiday/festival/high traffic constraints.