BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest has officially begun!
To get things started off right, the clue to this week’s Golden Egg is going to be an easy one. If you have been following us on Facebook, [hint hint… go “like” us! 😉 ] you’ll notice our new “This Day in History” posts provided by History.com. What better way to start off our historical Golden Egg Contest with a clue from this day in history!
Want to know more about the Golden Egg Contest? Read more HERE then start hunting!
The clue to this weeks Golden Egg is…..
CLUE: When did Pope John Paul II pass away? Hint: Watch the video to find out!
Remember to follow all the guidelines and rules to qualify for the challenge each week! A quick refresher on the basic rules:
- The clue will be for a specific date (day, month AND year) of a significant moment in national or global history that you will need to find on a headstone between the Wednesday and Sunday (11:59pm) of that week.
- If you find a headstone with the special date (day, month AND year), you’ve found a BillionGraves Easter Egg!
- Take a picture and upload it to BillionGraves through the mobile application
- Copy and paste the URL into the comments section of this Blog post.
For a full recap of all the rules check them out HERE!
Good luck and Happy Hunting! 🙂
The holidays are always a time full of symbolism, both religious and secular, so I thought it would be a great time to publish Part 2 of our Headstone Symbolism series. I love discovering and thinking about deeper meanings behind symbols in our lives, I think it’s provides interesting insight into the lives and values of others.
If you missed part one, you can go back and read it here.
Keep in mind, the following definitions are just ideas of what each of these symbols mean. Just because someone (whether that’s the person actually buried there or one of their relatives) chose a certain symbol for this headstone doesn’t mean that’s what it meant to them. But it sure is fun to think about!
Angel: They are typically considered a guardian, messenger, or even a guide to heaven. They are a symbol of spirituality and of resurrection. Angels are said to “guard the tomb, guide the soul, pray for the soul in purgatory, and direct the living visitor to think heavenwards.” (From Cemetery Symbolism; A Wary Glossary)
Ball (Sphere): Usually a symbol of the soul waiting for resurrection.
Lyre: This could mean the person buried here was a musician. A lyre is also a symbol of the connection between heaven and earth. When it has a broken string, it symbolizes the end of life.
Palm Branches: They are typically a Christian symbol of spiritual victory or victory over death. They also could signify eternal peace or a heavenly reward.
Rose: The rose could also be a Christian symbol in that it signifies the blood of Christ. It is also a “reminder that the soul achieves its most perfect state after physical death.” (From Heritage Bulletin)
Weeping Willow: This symbol usually represents what its name implies, sorrow, mourning, nature’s lament, and remembering those that have passed.
Freemason Square and Compass: This symbol signifies a member of the Freemasons or Masons—a fraternal organization. Usually the “G” in the middle either stands for “God” or “Geometry.”
Tree stump (Woodmen of the World): This symbol (which may include an ax, the maul and wedge, and/or a dove of peace with an olive branch) signifies a member of the fraternal insurance society called “Woodmen of the World.” In its beginnings, this organization provided its members with headstones, but that turned out to be too costly. Since Woodmen never “lie,” these tombstones will usually say “Here rests a Woodman of the World.” (See Wikipedia article)
How to Win:
|All you need to do to win a prize (see below) is to place in the top 12 transcribers or uploaders on the leaderboard by December 31 at midnight (GMT)!|
|1st||$30 Amazon Gift Card|
|2nd||$20 Amazon Gift Card|
|3rd||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|4th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|5th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|6th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|7th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|8th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|9th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|10th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|11th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
|12th||$10 Amazon Gift Card|
-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.
-Winners will be announced at the end of the month on the BillionGraves blog.
-Promotion is open to all to participate for free. Registration is required.
-More than one individual may contribute to a single account, however, the limit is one prize redemption per BillionGraves account.
-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.
-Recipients will be required to provide a mailing address for physical items.
-All images must be uploaded/transcribed no later than midnight (GMT) on December 31, 2013.
Enjoy your time visiting a new (or familiar) cemetery, transcribing photos from around the world, and a HAVE FUN time BillionGraves-ing!
We sure had a lot of “Wow” moments at RootsTech talking to thousands of people who are just as excited about genealogy and technology as we are. What WOW moments did you create today?
RootsTech starts tomorrow and we have our booth up and ready to go for the weekend!
If you will be at RootsTech, the BillionGraves team wants to meet you! Come by our booth, #425, in the Expo Hall of the Salt Palace and let us meet you! And while you’re there, take a picture of yourself in front of the BillionGraves booth, post it on Twitter or Instagram with the #BillionGraves hashtag, and you could win a FREE T-shirt!
For those of you who can’t make it to RootsTech, you can still enter to win! Take a picture of yourself BillionGraves-ing in any cemetery this weekend and Tweet or Instagram it with the #BillionGraves hashtag and you could win too!
Just make sure you post your picture before midnight on Sunday, March 24th when the giveaway closes, and we’ll post the winners next week.