September showed us some great competition between our transcribers and our uploaders, but the transcribers stayed strong and pulled through with the win this time!
Congratulations, transcribers! You will each receive a BillionGraves stressball and I’m sure you’ll need it after all the transcribing you’ve done! A big thanks to our amazing uploaders as well! Without you, we wouldn’t have any images to transcribe! We will be sending your prize (a vinyl BillionGraves sticker) your way shortly.
Here are this month’s prize winners. We will be sending you an email in the next 24 hours where you will let us know where you would like your prize shipped!
We have moved the app to a new home, so make sure you look for it in the right location. We’ve made lots of improvements on the app like: making the Android version compatible with the latest devices, fixing some minor bugs that would cause the app to crash, freeze, etc.
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!
It’s that time of year again when the leaves turn colors and the weather gets cooler here! Fall is in the air! It’s also the beginning of the month, so it’s time to introduce this month’s promotion!
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You will get your choice of an iTunes or Google play gift card depending on which you would prefer.
Have a spooktacular time this month! We hope to see YOU in the top 13!
-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 and their choice of which gift card.
-All images must be uploaded and/or transcribed no later than midnight (GMT) on October 31.
Louisa May Alcott, famous American writer and women’s rights advocate, is buried in what has been dubbed “Author’s Ridge” in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. She was born in November 29, 1832 and died early at the age of 53.
Despite her family’s poor financial situation, Louisa became a talented writer and learned from the greatest writers of the time including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Fuller.
Her most famous work, Little Women, was so popular, she wrote two sequels afterward called Little Men and Jo’s Boys that followed the lives of the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. The book is loosely based on Louisa’s own family which was also made up of four sisters, although Little Women took a more idealistic approach than what actually happened to the Alcott sisters.
Alcott’s life was cut short due to a chronic illness that historians believe was attributed to the mercury treatment she received when she contracted Typhoid fever or an autoimmune disorder that may have been Lupus. She died two days after her father’s death and was buried next to him and (later) the rest of her sisters.
Calling all artists! BillionGraves is hosting a brand new competition and we need all you artistically-minded people to submit your work!
Next year, we will be holding monthly challenges where picture-takers and transcribers will both get to participate. Each month we will introduce a new pin, and if you complete the monthly challenge you will win a pin! The challenges could be as simple as making the leaderboard or uploading/transcribing a certain number of images.
And that’s where the art comes in. We want to feature YOUR ART on one of our 12 pins! You design the pin and we’ll make it happen.
Simply submit your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org and if your design is chosen, your work will be featured on our blog, social media sites, and—of course—all the pins we send out to the monthly challenge winners!
Here are a few simple designs we put together to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to make your designs more complex, including the shape of the pin itself. You may create the image any way you want, just keep in mind that at some point it will have to be digitized in order to make a pin out of it.
-All work must be submitted by December 1, 2013 by 12:00 midnight (CST time).
-By submitting an image to email@example.com, you are giving BillionGraves full rights to use that image.
-All work submitted to BillionGraves must be your own.
Please comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!