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!
Want to help us out and test the latest Android Application? Here’s how:
1. Join the Google+ Community by opening the following Google+ Community link in your browser: https://plus.google.com/communities/111516486996995000940.
2. If you aren’t signed into your Google+ Account, you will need to sign in. If you don’t have a Google+ account, you will be asked to create one.
3. After you are signed in, click the red “Ask to Join” button in the top right corner of the community page.
4. If you look at the Community Page, you will see a post on September 3rd, 2013 by Brian Moncur that contains a link to the Google Play Beta Application Download Site. This link WILL NOT WORK until you are approved to be a part of the BillionGraves Android Beta-Tester Community.
However, once you are an approved member, you can use the link to download the beta-version of the app.
5. Once your join request has been submitted, the Community Administrator will approve your request within 24 hours. You will need to check the email address associated with your Google+ Account for notification of your approved request. The email will look like this:
6. When you view the community and click on the link to the Beta-Application Download Page, the link will now magically work for you. Here is the download link: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.och.BillionGraves
Once you click the link, you will be presented with the following screen:
7. Once you arrive at the Google Play Store, you will see the following screen. Click the green “Install” button to initiate the installation to your device.
If you have more than one device connected to your account, you will see a secondary screen asking you to choose which device to install to. Choose your device and then click the green “Install” button.
8. If the installation was initiated successfully, you will see the following screen:
You can return to the download page OR leave the Beta-Testing group at any time by using the main Google Play Beta Link: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.och.BillionGraves
9. Lastly, use your new app as much as possible and test all the different places in the app. If you run into any issues, please contact us at email@example.com so we can get this release out as quickly as possible!
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Many people have been asking us lately why they can’t submit photos taken with traditional cameras to the BillionGraves database. The BillionGraves database is unique in that it contains GPS information.
By adding GPS data to each headstone image, cemetery and location data is attached to the image. This means that when you are researching your ancestors, you’ll be able to search for the transcribed headstone, see an image of that headstone, find out where in the world that headstone is located, and learn more about the cemetery it was found in. This wealth of information will make a big difference in your research.
GPS Makes Visiting the Cemetery Easier
Along the same vein, the GPS data allows you to visit a cemetery in person and walk directly to the headstone you want to view in the cemetery. The free Mobile Records Search on your iPhone or Android device is handy for finding the headstone you’re looking for. So if it’s your first time in a particular cemetery, you’ll be able to find that headstone in no time. And if you’ve been to that cemetery dozens of times? No more counting trees, memorizing certain fence posts, or documenting the number of paces to find your loved one.
You Can Find Other Relatives Buried in the Same Cemetery
Another advantage of keeping the GPS information with the headstone images is that it allows you to see all other headstones located in that cemetery. How great is it that you can see direct neighbors of the headstone you’re researching? This is a huge help in making valuable family history connections. You’ll be able to find relatives you didn’t know existed.
Not all GPS’s are Created Equal
What about cameras with GPS data in them? We’ve looked into using those photos, and the GPS is neither accurate nor reliable enough to use in our database. With our phone app, we can verify that users are in a cemetery, and because of this, information about cemeteries and locations is standardized in our database. So, at this time, we aren’t accepting photos from cameras, even if they have GPS.
You Can Still Add Additional Photos to BillionGraves Records
What if you have a photo of a headstone for a record that already exists? You can add that photo to the record! From the History tab on any Records View, you can add both personal histories and any additional photos of the person or the headstone. These photos do not have to be GPS encoded, since they are tied to the BillionGraves record with the GPS encoded headstone photo. This is a great way to create a robust record for your ancestors.
Thanks for your participation in BillionGraves! If you have additional questions, contact support.
Android users: Check Google Play today for a new BillionGraves app update! This update fixes a bug that caused problems with uploading photos, so now the upload process will run more smoothly. There are also improvements to the camera’s functionality as well as to location services. Go get the app today from the Google Play store!
Our records continue to grow, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of our volunteers! We hope you’re having a great month capturing and transcribing images.
Have you gone out to the cemetery with a group yet? As you know, we highly recommend it. Not only does the picture-taking go faster, but it’s great to spend time with others in a worthy cause.
One BillionGraves user, Michael McCormick, headed up an event with his university church group. He tells us that at the end of each school year, the group likes to have some kind of gathering to celebrate. “Traditionally, we get together and have a BBQ,” he says. “Someone mentioned that we should do a service project as part of the closing social. A few people suggested ideas, and I suggested BillionGraves.”
So the group, excited for this unique service project, headed to the cemetery on April 9.