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BillionGraves interview

June 24, 2013

My plan for the afternoon was to curl up on the couch with a book.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find the book I was going to read, so I’m curled up with the computer instead, which isn’t quite as comfortable, but really doesn’t matter because I feel perfectly horrible today and am not up to doing anything else productive.

Anyway, that’s not my point.

My point today is that an interview I did a few weeks ago with finally got published today!

BillionGraves is a company whose goal is to literally document a billion graves around the world.  Get the free smartphone app and go out and take pictures of headstones and then it’s easy to upload them to BillionGraves.  They are automatically sorted into cemeteries based on the GPS data from your phone and receive a place marker on a world map.  Images then go into a queue for transcription by volunteers (kind of like FamilySearch Indexing) or you can transcribe the headstones you upload yourself, which is particularly helpful if they are your family members for whom you have more information than what is on their headstone.  All names in BillionGraves come up in search results done on FamilySearch and can be directly linked to individuals in FamilyTree.

So, the backstory–

BillionGraves had a contest during Rootstech back in March.  We entered, and we won!  In emailing back and forth with Lisa, who writes the BillionGraves blog, and sharing our mailing address for the winner’s tshirt, I mentioned, among other things that my 12-year-old son had attended Rootstech with me, that we homeschooled, and that his younger brothers were into genealogy just as much as he was.  She was impressed and asked if she could come interview us some time.

It took a while to get together working around DH’s surgery and her graduation from BYU, but finally we were able to meet her and her husband up at the Salt Lake City Cemetery and we had a delightful time together telling them our story, and sharing some of our passion, not only for family history, but for why doing it at this busy busy time in our lives has been a blessing.

Go take a look–Genealogy’s NOT just for Grandmas!

p.s. We changed the boys’ names for privacy, although if you’re reading this blog, you only know them by their initials anyway!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2013 11:46 pm

    Fun! Kids really do enjoy learning about the past, especially if it relates to their own family.

  2. June 25, 2013 2:51 am

    That’s pretty awesome! I may have to see about getting that app. It sounds like a family history project that you don’t need to read in order to be successful, and I’d love to get Hero started on the work! Heck, if it’s taking pictures and really as easy as that, even Dragon can help. I’m off to read the interview now; how cool is that for your family!

  3. Tamaran permalink
    June 25, 2013 9:03 am

    LOVE IT!! Great article.

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