Million More in May Madness 2017
May is just around the corner, BillionGravers!
That’s right. It’s almost May and you know what that means! We are coming up on our most exciting month of the year. It’s warmer outside, the trees are greener, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and it’s time for our favorite event of the year – The 6th Annual Million More in May Competition! We have AMAZING prizes this year for those who participate!
What is it?
The Million More in May Competition is a friendly event geared towards adding 1 Million (yes, that’s a 1 with six zeros behind it!) unique images, and 1 Million additional records transcribed and added to the BillionGraves database in the month of May. With all the new users and wonderful weather we could easily reach our 1 million record goal, and make a lot of people, looking for those records, eternally grateful for the hard work.
How can I participate?
It’s easy and free to participate! You can take photos of headstones in cemeteries near you with your mobile device, or you can transcribe photos that others have taken and make them searchable on the site. The Million More in May competition is open to ANY registered BillionGraves user, anywhere in the world.
We know that many users might not be in a climate with warm weather where picture taking is possible. Please consider transcribing records for this event! We will have other events throughout the year geared towards all of our international users!
The ultimate goal is to preserve and document over 1 million headstones from around the world in just 1 month!
Want to take pictures? Start by getting the app on your mobile device.
Want to transcribe photos? Learn more about how to transcribe by following the link HERE.
How does the competition work?
Each photo uploaded and transcription completed earns you 1 point. BillionGraves offers many great prizes Prizes are awarded to users who reach certain point levels throughout the month of May. At the end of the month, the total number of points you earned by taking photos or transcribing records is used to calculate which prize you earned for your efforts! The more points you earn, the better the prize!
There is no limit to the number of photos taken or transcriptions completed. All entries must be submitted before June 1, 2017 (00:00 UTC time) Terms and conditions do apply.
Some Helpful Tips
• Register! It’s 100% free and 100% necessary if you’re going to participate in this competition. Make sure once you register that you verify your email! To claim your prize we will communicate with you through the email you provide and verify.
• 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.
|A great way to reach your goal is to grab your friends and head out to the cemetery as a group!|
• Create a group event! It’s a great way to get organized and share in the fun with friends. Create an group event here.
• Follow your progress on our leaderboard! We have fancy graphics that will track your progress every step of the way! The leaderboard is not in real time. Please allow 24 hours for numbers to reflect accurately! Remember that photos that are flagged by transcribers will be removed from your totals, so the totals may vary daily. Don’t forget you can always correct any images that are flagged. Learn more about fixing flagged images here.
• A word of advice: don’t wait for Memorial Day. The decorations at the cemetery for that holiday actually make it MORE difficult to collect images—people have to transcribe the content, and flower arrangements and other decorations can easily obscure that important content.
• Contest begins May 1, 2017 and ends May 31, 2017 @ 11:59 pm GMT (That’s 6 pm MST)
More details about the competition and prizes will be released on May 1st! So make sure you stay connected for all the best info!
We are excited for a fun May competition to kick start the warm weather!
More to come.
-The BillionGraves Team
The BillionGraves team is proud to announce that we have reached 14,000,000 million GPS headstone records, and 170,896 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! 🙂
With record breaking rainfall across the United States and world-wide holidays, our contributors are still cranking out millions of records! This time, it only took 67 days for our transcribers to create another million records! With new partnerships and dedicated contributors, we are growing our headstone record database internationally! With 562,345 records coming from the US, that means that nearly 440,000 records are coming from outside the US! That is a huge change for us and a huge advantage to those searching for ancestors overseas!
With more than 14 million GPS tagged headstone records (which excludes the millions of searchable “Supporting Records” also found on BillionGraves) BillionGraves maintains its place as the world’s largest and fastest growing collection of GPS tagged headstones in the world! That is incredible! We want to thank everyone who helped us reach 14,000,000 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:
2. (2) Australia: 1,105,947
3. (3) Canada: 747,847
4. (4) United Kingdom: 657,388
5. (5) New Zealand: 268,378
The BillionGraves team is proud to announce that we have reached 13,000,000 million GPS headstone records, and 147,022 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! 🙂
Even with the cold weather and feet of snow in some areas of the world, our contributors are still cranking out millions of records! This time, it only took 79 days for our transcribers to create another million records! With new partnerships and dedicated contributors, we are growing our headstone record database internationally! With 506,405 records coming from the US, that means that nearly 495,000 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 13,000,000 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:
2. (2) Australia: 980,396
3. (4) Canada: 672,385
4. (3) United Kingdom: 609,556
5. (5) New Zealand: 233,801
Day 2 of RootsTech and FGS 2015 means our 2nd exciting new partnership! If you missed our release yesterday with FGS and genealogical societies around the world read the article here:
Now back to our exciting new announcement!
Industry leaders are working together to make more than 12 million grave markers available to everyone, making it easier for families to discover their unique story for free.
Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 February 2015. Findmpast and BillionGraves announced today that they will partner to add more than 12 million grave marker indexes to family history websites mocavo.com and findmypast.com. With the shared goal of making family history more accessible to everyone, this unique content will be available on all three websites for free.
New records: 12 Million Grave Marker Indexes Available for Free
The partnership will offer all Findmypast and Mocavo subscribers free access to more than 12 million headstone records including GPS tagged headstone indexes and images that will link back to BillionGraves.com.
BillionGraves preserves precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world, using modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users from across the world can access those records anywhere.
Findmypast is making it easier for everybody to discover their family history. The BillionGraves mission complements that goal, and along with Findmypast’s commitment to offer more free data and innovative search tools, the BillionGraves partnership will make it easier for everybody to explore their family’s story and bring their past to life.
The two organizations will also work together to provide other initiatives that will help make family history and preservation efforts more accessible to the entire community.
Findmypast Executive Vice President Ben Bennett said, “This new partnership will help our customers to make new connections in their research. It marks another step in Findmypast’s journey to make more data accessible for more people who want to connect with their family.”
Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves said, “We are delighted to work with Findmypast to make the BillionGraves collection accessible to their growing user base world-wide. At BillionGraves we are working to provide a comprehensive family history database for records and images of the world’s cemeteries-but it’s not something we can do alone. Collaborating with Findmypast in this and other initiatives in the future will provide incredible value for millions of families and preserve this valuable data for generations to come”.
Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.
Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.
With more than 12 million GPS headstone records created by more than 140,000 volunteers in just 3 short years, BIllionGraves is the largest resource for GPS gravestone and burial record data on the web. BillionGraves collection reaches every country and supports 25 languages for desktop, iOS, Android, and now Windows phones making it the most versatile application for genealogists all over the world. BillionGraves’ mobile GPS tracking technology in its mobile applications perpetuates this progress, bringing a wealth of genealogical information right to your fingertips.
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To kick start this great new partnership, we have teamed up to offer a yearly World Subscription for 50% exclusively to all of our users! To take advantage of this great deal and gain access to their exclusive collections around the world visit HERE, or use coupon code BGFMP50 during checkout!
Buy today as this offer is only available for a limited time! So take advantage of this great offer from Findmypast and BillionGraves!
Thank you again to all our volunteers around the world who make this possible! We couldn’t be growing so fast without all of your hard work!
Exciting things are in store for you at BillionGraves.
-The BillionGraves Team
BillionGraves Photo Requests:
Photo Requests and Maximizing their Potential!
The Photo Request tool is a great new feature on BillionGraves. It has been optimized and revamped to help the hundreds of thousands of users and requests we have at BillionGraves!
First of all, what is a BillionGraves Photo Request?
Photo Requests are requests from a BillionGraves registered user for one or more photos to be taken in a specific cemetery. The user is looking for a particular headstone and is requesting that another BillionGraves volunteer that lives nearby, go find the headstone and take a photo of it for them.
Many of you have already utilized the tremendous power of the Photo Request board and have gone to social media to share your experiences! Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who are so eager to help other genealogists in need!
What does a Photo Request look like?
As many of you have noticed, emails of new Photo Requests are now being sent to your BillionGraves registered email for requests that are near your location.
Here is an example of a Photo Request email:
How do I Help with a New Request?
It is very easy to help with a Photo Request! First you need to Accept the Request.
To do this, simply click on “Accept Request” in the email or on the request board HERE. By accepting the request, you are now able to communicate with the user who requested the photo. Use the comment board if you have more questions about the request, or need additional information in order to fulfill the request.
Notice that multiple people can accept the request and collaborate to get the photo, transcribe, and even provide additional sources and information regarding the grave-site. You can always accept and un-accept requests. It’s very easy to do all from the request board HERE.
How do I Fulfill a New Request?
Fulfilling a request is easy. After you have accepted the request on the request board HERE, simply click on “Complete Request” on the top right corner and enter in the record information or other pertinent information to complete the Photo Request.
Please do not click on the “Complete Request” until the photo has been taken, uploaded, and transcribed into a record. If possible, please include the URL to the record pertaining to the photo request!
Already we have had thousands of requests fulfilled by users all over the world! This is an amazing tool whether you are looking for an ancestor in a far away cemetery or an amazing opportunity to help fellow genealogists find their relatives grave-site!
View this wonderful example of our BillionGraves users in action: View Example Request.
Within hours, our BillionGraves users had a photo, source records from multiple partner websites confirming the birth and death dates. City cemetery burial records and even more offerings for additional help with possible other family names! THIS is what BillionGraves and genealogy is all about! Collaboration! Thank you to all who have participated and contributed to requests!
Tip and Tricks for Photo Requests:
Now that you know the basics of the Photo Requests, here are some tips to make the most out of these requests and to better help those looking for requests.
First thing is to please update your location on your BillionGraves dashboard! HERE
Note: Before continuing, please delete your computer browser’s cache!
The request emails are generated based on your designated location on your dashboard. (Which unless you provided it for us, is automatically generated from your IP address when you registered. Which can often times be very different than your actual location!)
Grab the white/grey dot in the center of the circle and drag it to your location. Then click the blue “Save” button above. This will update your requests to be more relevant to you.
Learn by watching? Follow along with this short video to update your location in seconds!
If you click anywhere inside the grey circle and drag it anywhere in the world, it will update the list of requests for that area.
You can also grab one of the white dots on the edge of the circle to expand your search results area! Discover where people are requesting photos around the world!With your help, we’ll continue to see a LOT more requests that look like this!
As always, we are incredibly grateful to all of our volunteers and supporters around the world! We know we could not do what we love and help families around the world without your help and support!
-The BillionGraves Family!
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!
*No purchase necessary to participate to earn BillionGraves Plus. This feature is available to every registered BillionGraves user. Registration to BillionGraves is 100% FREE!. 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.
- Start by registering for your free account now -> HERE
- Download the FREE app for your iOS and Android devices
- Head out to your nearest cemetery and start taking pictures!
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