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
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.
BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies partner to image War of 1812 Participants
BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies partner to image all cemetery markers for War of 1812 Participants
The Federation of Genealogical Societies also launches a major fundraising campaign for the Preserve the Pensions Project to honor the memory of these veterans in the month of July
-Effort will include national War of 1812 cemeteries
-Includes persons with individual markers in local and private cemeteries
-July is a great month to remember the participants of the
-“Second Revolution” as well as the American Revolution
-The Federation seeks to raise an average of $1,812 each day of July!
AUSTIN, TX – 1 JULY 2014 The Federation of Genealogical Societies and cemetery website BillionGraves announced today a joint project to image all of the gravestone markers for participants of the War of 1812. “The images from these markers, coupled with the Federation’s current project to raise the funds to digitize the 7.2 million images of the pensions for those who participated in the War of 1812 are a natural fit,” said D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS.
Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves said, “This July our focus is to see that the nation’s military headstones are documented and preserved for future generations. Headstones from early American history are quickly deteriorating, making it only a matter of time before they are lost forever. We are very pleased to have the Federation lend its help to spread this message for the War of 1812 veterans.” It is estimated that as many as 350,000 men may have served in the war. Although it is impossible to know how many may have cemetery markers, there could be as many as 50,000-80,000 markers for these veterans.
BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are asking anyone with knowledge of a cemetery marker for a War of 1812 veteran to upload the image of the marker to the BillionGraves website (www.billiongraves.com) using their free mobile application during the month of July to honor and remember the service of those who served in the “Second Revolution.”
If you upload an image for a War of 1812 veteran during the month of July or anytime thereafter, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #1812today and/or #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves. The Federation will also be posting the progress toward the fundraising goal of $1,812 per day on Facebook and Twitter, so check often and pass the word!
The efforts from these two organizations will provide a very valuable asset for researchers and historians researching 1812 veterans. With the Federation raising awareness of the project to digitize the War of 1812 pension records during the month of July and BillionGraves making the cemetery markers of War of 1812 veterans immediately searchable, it should be an exciting month for all genealogists and historians – everyone wins!
Those interested in preserving this valuable piece of America’s documented history can make a single contribution or become a monthly contributor of the Preserve the Pensions project. For more information, go to http://www.preservethepensions.org/ .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hudson Gunn, President
Preserve the Pensions Inquiries
David E. Rencher, Preserve the Pensions Project Coordinator
FGS Media Inquiries
FGS Marketing & Publicity
Phone: (888) 347-1500
Groundbreaking multilingual mobile app will power international crowd-sourcing initiative
We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with MyHeritage to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries.
In this collaboration, MyHeritage calls upon its tens of millions of users along with millions of other family history enthusiasts around the world to work with BillionGraves to digitally preserve cemeteries around the world and capture their GPS locations.
BillionGraves and MyHeritage will work together to make the BillionGraves website and application available in 25 languages. Along with other features, the BillionGraves app and website will also support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. The addition of these features makes the BillionGraves app the first of its kind to be made available to the entire world.
The BillionGraves content is available for free on MyHeritage SuperSearch. In addition, MyHeritage is matching it for free to its 27 million family trees on MyHeritage and Geni.
Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage said
“We’re thrilled to embark on this global initiative with BillionGraves. Gravestones are among the most valuable information sources for family history research, and although there are many thousands of cemeteries worldwide, most of them have never been documented, and their information is not available online. Time is chipping away at the gravestones and many are becoming unreadable over the years so it’s up to our generation to preserve them.”
Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves said
“We’re delighted to work with MyHeritage on digitizing the world’s cemeteries. At BillionGraves we are working to provide a comprehensive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. With MyHeritage’s support in mobilizing its massive user community and working with us to launch in 25 languages, we’ll be able to provide incredible value for millions of families and preserve this valuable data for generations to come.”
Disclaimer: BillionGraves has not been acquired by MyHeritage and is still owned and operated by Otter Creek Holdings. BillionGraves has and will continue to remain a FREE resource to all.
MyHeritage and BillionGraves team up to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries
Groundbreaking multilingual mobile app will power international crowdsourcing initiative
TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI & KAYSVILLE, Utah – Wednesday 19 February, 2014
– MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, has partnered with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to preserve the world’s cemeteries.
BillionGraves is a free iOS and Android application that lets users easily photograph and document gravestones, providing an important source of information for people intrigued about their ancestors and family history. Using patent-pending technology, BillionGraves is the only mobile application of its kind. With the help of MyHeritage, the app will be available in 25 languages, and will support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. It records the GPS locations of gravestones to make them easy to find and volunteers can easily see which areas of any cemetery remain undocumented, to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication. The gravestone photographs are then transcribed by volunteers on the BillionGraves website, resulting in searchable digital data.
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 made available for free on the BillionGraves and MyHeritage websites. The partnership with BillionGraves brings major benefits for families using MyHeritage to explore their past, as all users will receive free Record Matches – alerts about gravestone records that have been automatically matched to their ancestors, making it easy to make new discoveries. In addition to the photographs and GPS coordinates of the gravestones, an index of corresponding information, such as dates of birth and death, close family relatives and epitaphs, is made available to search for free on MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records, SuperSearch.
“We’re thrilled to embark on this global initiative with BillionGraves”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Gravestones are among the most valuable information sources for family history research, and although there are many thousands of cemeteries worldwide, most of them have never been documented, and their information is not available online. Time is chipping away at the gravestones and many are becoming unreadable over the years, so it’s up to our generation to preserve them.”
“We’re delighted to work with MyHeritage on digitizing the world’s cemeteries”, said Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves. “At BillionGraves we are working to provide a comprehensive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. With MyHeritage’s support in mobilizing its massive user community and working with us to launch in 25 languages, we’ll be able to provide incredible value for millions of families and preserve this valuable data for generations to come.”
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.
MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s more accessible, exciting, and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with social crowdsourcing tools, a massive library of historical content, and powerful search and matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information, visit www.myheritage.com.
Aaron Godfrey, PR Manager for MyHeritage
Phone: US +1-347-329-5461 | UK +44-208-816-7571
With more than 7 million headstone records created by 70,000 volunteers in just two years, BillionGraves is the trusted resource for accurate GPS gravestone and burial record data on the web. BillionGraves’ mobile GPS tracking technology in its mobile application perpetuates this progress, bringing a wealth of genealogical information right to your fingertips. For more information, visit www.billiongraves.com
Disclaimer: BillionGraves has not been acquired by MyHeritage and is still owned and operated by Otter Creek Holdings. BillionGraves has been and will continue to be a FREE resource for all.