Let’s admit it. We all like new stuff. The only thing better than new stuff is new FREE stuff! Well, we are here to make your week a little better by introducing our new transcription page and enhanced record connector to FamilySearch! For the past several weeks we have been working tirelessly to make some much needed improvements to our transcription page! Including enhancements that allow you to filter headstones by language, country, and by cemetery! Now you can transcribe the records that YOU want to transcribe in the language and location YOU want! We’ve also condensed the fields to include buttons and fields that are used the most so navigating around the page should be easier and smoother. On top of this, we have updated all the code for this page as well. Meaning it is running on the latest and greatest code, making it faster, smoother, and more reliable. This also allows us to add the additional features that you have all been asking for faster than ever before! We also added more help features and mouse-over prompts to help those that are transcribing for the first time. If you need help on a particular stone or not quite sure what to do, click on the “?” on the bottom to find some helpful tips! For those of you that LOVE FamilySearch; Every transcription on BillionGraves will immediately be searched against FamilySearch’s Family Tree and connected! No more navigating from website to website to connect ancestors! If we find a match we’ll tell you! Just click the “Match” button after transcription and poof, your record is automatically connected! That’s right, it’s now THAT easy! You don’t need to do anything special to get to this page. Just transcribe records as usual. Once we find a match between the record you just transcribed and FamilySearch’s Family Tree, we’ll display to possible match.(No FamilySearch account needed) If the match is an actual match, click on the check mark button to instantly connect it to FamilySearch. If it’s not, click on the red “X”. If you are not sure and need more help, click on the “?” or click on the name of the person, which will take you to the FamilySearch website to do more research before you make the connection. NOTE: The FamilySearch connect button will only appear if a connection is found on FamilySearch’s Family Tree and it is believed to have a high enough accuracy to connect the two records together. We hope you like these new enhancements to our transcription page and connections to the FamilySearch Family Tree. Take it for a whirl and let us know what you think on BG facebook page!
We are delighted to announce the latest (and greatest) Android application is now available on the Google Play store! 2.3 Version 41
Thanks to our users for their feedback and testing of the new Android version. With your help we’ve been able to make a lot of improvements on the app like:
!!BEFORE YOU UPDATE TO THE NEW VERSION, MAKE SURE ALL IMAGES HAVE BEEN UPLOADED!!
Once you have downloaded it, be sure to test out the app and let us know what you think! Please write a review on the Google Play store as well so others will be able to find us!
NEW FEATURES: A SIGN OF SPRING!
The BillionGraves team has been hard at work over the winter months to bring you some very special additions to the website! As many of you already know, we have made some of these updates already available on the website! Better yet, there are even more coming soon! It’s like Christmas almost every day at BillionGraves!
To showcase some of the changes that we have made we thought we would put together a little tutorial of the new/updated functions.
- LOTS of bug fixes
- Better handling of international languages on the transcription page
- Ability to transcribe and display Hebrew dates
- Transcription enhancements
- Localization into other languages has been completed for the following pages:
> Registration / Login
> Home page
> Search page
> Record page
> Cemetery page
> Transcription page
For those of you that really want to dig into the details, here is a diagram of where some the new changes appear.
1 – 4 (Transcription Filtering): To accommodate the increase in international records that have been flooding in, we have added increased functionality for filtering records by Country of origin, Cemetery, and Language. Now you can select the exact type of headstones that you are interested in. No more guessing or incorrect transcriptions are needed! We have thousands of native users in every language who are anxious to correctly transcribe these records! If you are unsure, please skip the record and leave it to another user to correctly transcribe.
1 (Transcription by Country): Choose what Country to Transcribe from. This was created to allow you flexibility in what country you want to transcribe records.
2 (Transcription by Cemetery): Transcribing by specific cemetery was created to allow those who are doing service projects to have multiple people transcribing for that cemetery.
3 (Declare Headstone Language): We have added this special feature to help identify the language that is present on the headstone. This will allow us to then show this headstone to users who can accurately transcribe the headstone. To use this function, simply select the language of the headstone you see. If you know the language, continue with your transcription. If you do not know the language, click next after selecting the language you believe it is in. (Note if you are not sure of the language, click next and let another user determine the language)
4 (Transcription by Headstone Language Proficient in other languages? You can now select which Language you want to transcribe from. Simply choose the language you want and start transcribing.
5-6 (Hebrew Dates and Hebrew Transcriptions): We have added several new functions to handle Hebrew dates and Transcriptions. These functions are specifically designed to accommodate the incredible historical information that is contained on Jewish headstones all over the world.
5A (Show/Hide Hebrew Dates): The Hebrew dates are closed by default unless the headstone language is set to Hebrew. To open the Hebrew dates functions simply click on “Show/Hide Hebrew Dates” as depicted in 5A below. Once the options are open, you can enter in the applicable dates on the headstones. Hebrew dates support both Alpha and Numeric entries depending on the content of the headstone.
For example: Tue, 29 April 2014 = 29th of Nisan, 5774 = כ״ט בְּנִיסָן תשע״ד. All Entries are accepted by the new systems.
Note: On many Jewish headstones, a Gregorian and Hebrew date are listed. It is VERY IMPORTANT to enter ALL information contained on the headstone. We are able to capture both Gregorian AND Hebrew dates on the same headstone.
6A-6D: Basic/Advanced Options: To help simplify options that are not regularly used, we have created a Basic and Advanced mode. To expand these additional options, simply click on 6A: “+ Basic Options”.
5D (Hebrew Marriage Dates): Hebrew Marriage dates are included IF the Advanced Options AND Hebrew Dates have been expanded. Enter Hebrew marriage information the same way as other Hebrew Dates.
6B (Maiden Name): Enter in Maiden Name of the individual on the headstone.
6C (Marriage Dates): Enter in Marriage Dates of individuals on the headstone. Note: The date structure for all dates will change from DD/MM/YYYY to MM/DD/YYYY depending on the language and location of the headstone. Please be aware of this when transcribing headstones in other languages and countries.
6D (Age at Death): We have added the ability to add the age at death. Some headstones only contain the number of years a person lived instead of giving the birth or death date. Others are more specific with the number of years, months, and days. We are now equipped to handle this information and process it to give suggested birth/death dates. Note: Suggestions for birth/death dates will be added to this and search functions shortly.
7 (Others NOT Buried Here): This section is specifically designed to record individuals that are inscribed on the headstone and are NOT buried at that location. In many cultures it is common to designate relationships on headstones. This feature is ONLY for identifying individuals that are inscribed on the headstone and not for identifying relationships to other individuals.
7B (Show/Hide Others NOT Buried Here): The Others NOT buried here section is closed by default. To add an individual that is NOT buried, but listed on the headstone, simply click on the “Others NOT buried here” button as depecited in 7B.
7A (Adding an Individual NOT Buried Here): To add an individual not buried here, simply type in their Given and Family names. After doing this, it is REQUIRED to state the relationship of the individual you are adding. Relationships are very important and is how we are able to tie multiple headstones in different locations together. If the relationship is truly unknown, please select “unknown” at the bottom of the Relationship drop-down menu. After selecting a relationship, click “+ Add” and you and then enter in another individual.
To view and example of the difference between adding another individual and adding a person NOT buried there click HERE.
CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE:
We have added numerous updates to the website as a whole. Some are enhancements to current features that aren’t visible and others are features that you will interact with. The biggest enhancement is the
BillionGraves Website Language Selector:
Billion Grave users rejoice! You can now select what language you want to view the site in. By selecting the drop down box you can
choose from a number of different languages. This language selector will default to the language your computer and location is set to.
To manually change what language you are viewing, simply click the drop-down menu, and select the new language of your choice.
NOTE: Not every page is currently translated. The main pages are in beta, however updates to the languages are happening on a daily basis. If you notice any errors in our translations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the old and new translation.
MANY MORE FEATURES TO COME!
We have countless updates and new features that we will continue to add to the BillionGraves website as well as mobile applications. These updates will increase in frequency, so check back often for the latest and greatest! If you aren’t already a friend on facebook, like us now to stay up to date with all the new changes, prizes, and progress!
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May is our annual Million More in May challenge and this year we are going to achieve our goal!! The warm weather is here! It’s time to dust off those shoes, charge up your phones, and get out to the local cemetery! It’s a great way to get out of the house, get your whole family involved, and know that you are helping millions of people around the world connect with their families!
A BIG THANK YOU!
Of course we would be nowhere without the help and feedback from each of you! We thank you for your continued efforts as we reach our goal of documenting and preserving the world’s cemeteries!
-The BillionGraves Team
BillionGraves iOS App now available in 25 languages!
Last month we announced our international collaboration with MyHeritage to make BillionGraves available to every person in the world. Today we are happy to announce the release of our BillionGraves app in the iTunes markets in 25 languages!
That’s right, the BillionGraves app is now available in 25 languages!! For those of you who have always wondered what the BG app looked like in Dutch, or Hebrew; well, now you’ll be able to find out!
In this release there are also several bug fixes as well as enhancements to the on-device transcription features including handling of Hebrew dates.
The launch of the iOS app is only the first of many enhancements that will be coming very soon to BillionGraves. Some of these enhancement include the website and Android app available in 25 languages as well. Follow us on Facebook HERE to keep up to date with the latest news about new features!
Get the new BillionGraves app on iTunes NOW!
After months of work in response to hundreds of user requests, BillionGraves has added several new features designed to validate and enhance the headstone records found on BillionGraves.
Introducing BillionGraves “Supporting Records”
The Supporting Record feature now allows users to upload evidence-based documents that support the BillionGraves records that have been collected through our mobile Apps. This means that users are now able to upload headstones, birth/death, burial, marriage, cremation, and many other types of records WITHOUT NEEDING A SMART PHONE!
[NOTE] BillionGraves will continue to emphasize the use of our mobile application to upload VERIFIED HEADSTONE RECORDS with their accompanying GPS locations and will remain a FREE resource to all.
Over the last 2 years, thousands of volunteers have uploaded millions of headstone photos with accompanying GPS locations from every corner of the globe. These records are viewed everyday by researchers around the world because these are VALIDATED and ACCURATE records. No fabrications. No interpretations. No assumptions. Here is an example of the information found currently on BillionGraves.
BillionGraves Headstone Record Example
- Headstone Photo
- Exact GPS Coordinates
- Transcribed Headstone Data
- Full Name, Date of Birth/Death, Epitaph, etc.
Thousands of records are being uploaded every day and are breaking down genealogy brick walls and making connections that once seemed impossible. While working closely with our users and genealogists we found that there were many headstones and burials that just couldn’t be accounted for with our current systems; including unmarked graves, cremation scatterings, destroyed stones, and so on.
Our Supporting Record features eliminate this problem while maintaining the validity and accuracy of the BillionGraves database.
Our new Supporting Records feature allows users anywhere in the world to add evidence-based documents that validate and create additional insight into headstone records found on BillionGraves. The addition of these Supporting Records will serve as an invaluable tool to genealogists in their research.
Here are some examples of supporting records:
Supporting Record Types
- Birth/Death Certificates
- Marriage Certificates
- Burial Records
- Cremation Records
- Unmarked Graves
- Military Records
- Headstone records WITHOUT GPS coordinates
- Any other type of record that supports and validates any BillionGraves Headstone Records
Let’s face it, we’ve all been plagued with headaches caused by incorrect/assumed information in our family trees. BillionGraves’ Supporting Records IS the solution to your problems!
By adding and linking supporting documents to headstones on BillionGraves, we are able to connect the dots between each headstone and each member in your family tree by using EVIDENCE and not assumptions. Creating an accurate family history to pass on through the ages.
How to get started?
Supporting records are already appearing in the search results. Search now, to see our Supporting Records in action!
To add Supporting Records of your own:
- Log in to your BillionGraves account. (Don’t have an account? Register for FREE today!)
- Select “Add Supporting Record” from the “Tools” drop-down menu to add one record at a time.
- To upload multiple records at once, select “Add Batch of Supporting Records” from the “Tools” drop-down menu.
Have headstone images, birth/death records, or documentation of unmarked graves? Use the new Supporting Records feature on BillionGraves today!