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!
Don’t forget to show the love and follow us on Facebook -> HERE
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 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.
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!
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