Happy Memorial Day from BillionGraves!
Memorial Day is a day for all of us to reflect on the Veterans who sacrificed their lives to give us our freedom, and gave us a day and a place to honor their memory.
At BillionGraves I have had the very unique opportunity to view hundreds of thousands of pictures of servicemen and women who gave their lives in pursuit and protection of Freedom. Each photograph, preserving a single moment in time of the final resting places of those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price in order for us to have the freedoms that we have today.
Today, I encourage us all to look beyond the photos and to remember the lives, legacies and sacrifices that each of these headstones represent. Every one of these pictures represents a story, a family, a legacy that needs to be remembered and honored.
A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it remembers, the men it honors. -President John F. Kennedy
Regardless of where you live, let us never forget the men and women who have served and who will continue to serve each of us around the world in the pursuit and defense of individual liberty.
Today I personally reflect on the close family members who served and sacrificed in order for me to have the freedoms that I have today. I’m eternally grateful to them and the wonderful examples they have been to me throughout my life!
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!
-The BillionGraves Team
We want to encourage all of you to head out to any military cemeteries near you and start documenting these headstones, especially this weekend! So, we are giving away $25 Amazon gift cards to the top three people who upload the most images from a U.S. Military cemetery this weekend!
Don’t know where the nearest military cemetery is? Find out here.
Let’s do something to let our military veterans know how much we appreciate everything they have done—even if it’s as simple as photographing their headstone.
-Make sure you have permission and are welcome to take pictures in the military cemetery before doing so. We recommend talking to the cemetery caretaker/sexton before taking pictures in ANY cemetery. Remember, private cemeteries require permission of the owner before taking any pictures.
-Winners will be announced at the end of the weekend (November 12) 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 2-3 weeks after contest closes for winners in the U.S.
-Recipients will be required to provide a mailing address for physical items and their choice of which gift card. Please make sure your email is up to date on your BillionGraves account. We will be emailing that address if you are one of our lucky winners!
-All images must be uploaded no later than midnight (GMT) on Monday, November 11.
Our developers have been hard at work making some updates to the website. Here are a few of the changes they’ve made and what they mean:
Updates to the military transcription process: Our developers have added a few things to the military info on the transcribe page. They have also made it possible to edit the military info on an individual record page! Note: you need to be logged in to be able to edit a record.
Link to transcribe directly from cemetery page: Have you ever wondered how the progress is coming on a cemetery you are transcribing? Now you’ll be able to see on the individual cemetery page how many images still need to be transcribed! Just look for the yellow bar underneath the map of the cemetery!
Other small bug fixes: In other words, just cleaning some house.
Questions about these new updates? Comment below and let us know what you think!
What: BillionGraves is excited to be working with the VA to document military headstones in our Country’s National Cemeteries. To jump-start this project we will be coming to the Denver area to photograph the entire Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado.
Who: Anyone who is excited about genealogy and photographing cemeteries is welcome to come take pictures with us! We are also reaching out to Genealogy Societies throughout Colorado for support as well.
When: On October 18th, and 19th starting at 9 am. *Note: the dates have changed since the first email we sent out!* Our goal is to document the entire cemetery in just 2 short days!
Where: Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. We will meet each morning at the northeast entrance of the cemetery (called the “Funeral entrance” with the main building there). Call Hudson at 801-671-8177 if you can’t find us.
Why: BillionGraves is a headstone database company that uses the latest technology to capture and preserve the genealogical records found in cemeteries around the world. Through the FREE BillionGraves website and mobile application, users worldwide can take pictures (complete with GPS locations) and transcribe those images, creating an invaluable collection of priceless records for genealogists and family historians to connect with their ancestors.
With more than 5.5 million headstone records created by over 52,000 volunteers in just two short years, BillionGraves is the trusted resource for accurate and reliable GPS headstone and burial record data on the web with users in more than 212 different countries. Over 10 thousand records are added each day to the BillionGraves network and 3 thousand new registered users join every month.
How: All you need to bring is any of your friends and family with a Smartphone and a water bottle and we’ll take care of the rest! We will provide lunch, snacks, and some fun BillionGraves “swag”. To get a jump start on the project, please download the FREE BillionGraves app from the Android or iTunes store and register for a free account before you come.
As we are working closely with the Fort Logan Cemetery, please RSVP to Hgunn@billiongraves.com with the following information:
1. Contact information
2. T-shirt size
3. The number of people coming
4. What day(s) you are available to help!
This will allow the cemetery to prepare for our arrival and so we have enough food for everyone! Come be a part of this exciting new project! Feel free to tell and bring your friends, the more the merrier! See you in Colorado!