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BillionGraves.com vs. FindAGrave.com

BillionGraves.com vs. FindAGrave.com


Vicki’s note – BillionGraves.com is a Volunteers contribution site similar to FindAGrave.com,and it is worth exploring to see if any of your ancestors may be listed there.  Their contest to increase volunteers photographing/documenting grave sites might be of interest to you.

BillionGraves.com  may have more more graves sites from worldwide cemeteries, as FindAGrave.com seems to specialize in grave site records for mostly the United States, although they do list worldwide cemeteries.  FindAGrave is now owned by Ancestry.com, and is a free on-line site at this time. 

BillionGraves is a free on-line site, and they also have a subscription for enhanced searching – https://billiongraves.com/bgplus-buy-now?returl=undefined

BillionGraves.com has an APP that you can download on your phone or tablet to use on site. FindAGrave does not have an APP, as far as I have seen. (Correction 29 May 2019 – see comment below.  FindaGrave does have an app.)

BillionGraves has a GPS connection shown on each grave site which helps on-site searching – “A satellite map of the cemetery opens with a GPS marker tagging your ancestor’s gravestone!”

FindAGrave has a designation to the GPS and Latitude/Longitude directions for the cemetery under “Show Map”  (once you look up the Cemetery by name/location).  You still have to find the headstone.

Hint – sourcing the cemetery/grave location site is best done by adding the Latitude/Longitude directions and the full address to the cemetery information on your family tree software and print records.  Following this Genealogical Proof Standard allows anyone to find the same information that you have found.

BillionGraves says –

“Our goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves. And we won’t stop there!”

You can read more details on the differences between BillionGraves.com and FindAGrave.com by clicking on this link – https://blog.billiongraves.com/2019/04/17/what-is-the-difference-between-billiongraves-and-find-a-grave-part-i-researching/

This is the information that they sent to my email about the contest.:

“BillionGraves’ 8th annual Million More in May Competition has begun and we have some awesome prizes for you!

Read all about it HERE!

Let’s work together to add a million more records to the BillionGraves database in May! The more gravestone photos you take or records you transcribe, the bigger the prize!

And EVERYONE can be a winner! Come find out here how you can take photos of gravestones or by transcribing gravestone images to win great prizes like these:

  • iRobot Roomba Vacuum
  • WiFi and Cellular iPad
  • $500 of professional genealogical services
  • gravestone cleaning kits
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Echo Dot
  • BillionGraves Plus subscription
  • Bose headphones
  • and more!

Follow the top photographers and transcribers throughout the month of May on BillionGraves’ leaderboard!

We’re grateful for your contributions to bring more cemetery data to the genealogical world!

Thanks a Million (in May)!

The BillionGraves Team

P.S. Cemetery documentation with the free BillionGraves app is an awesome service project idea! If you would like some help planning a group cemetery event, send an email to volunteer@billiongraves.com and we will be happy to assist you!”

Grave location website BillionGraves free account

(Note from Vicki – sorry that I didn’t get you this sale information on BillionGraves from Thomas MacEntee earlier, but the free access looks powerful to use until another sale come along for the premium version. You might want to sign up for his genealogy.bargains site also to be notified of other bargains that he passes along. )

Your Last Chance to “Super Charge”
Your Cemetery Research!

Are you struggling with cemetery research when it comes to genealogy and family history? What about locating graves for those who are family members but the headstone simply says “Mother” or “Infant”? And can’t there be an easier way to locate nearby graves?

Recently I made the move from a “well known” grave location website to BillionGraves (click here to set up a free account and get instant access!) and I’m amazed at what I’ve found for my own research. In addition, the sense of “community” at BillionGraves is more in tune with the way I share genealogy information with others: we’re all working towards a common goal of documenting all the graves worldwide!

Announcing BillionGraves Plus – “Power Up” Your Research

Normally, I will use the “free” version of a genealogy website when I can. But recently, I took the BillionGraves Plus premium feature for a test drive and all I can say is: YES! And if you ask me is it worth the yearly subscription price? Again, a definite YES!

Read my recent review here of how BillionGraves Plus works and why it can help you work smarter when it comes to cemetery record research.  Wouldn’t it be great to take advantage of features like these?

  • Family Plots: 70% of all people are buried in Family Plots. This feature shows you where they are!
  • Nearby Graves: Family members that do not share the same family name are most likely found near other family graves. This feature allows you to see those headstones, sorted by distance from the one you selected. An example might be a headstone that is labeled only as “Infant”, “Mother” or “Father”.
  • Global Family: See everyone that shares the same family name on a map sorted by city, county, state, country or even the whole world. You can then zoom in and see the specifics.
  • Family Notifications: You will be notified immediately ANYTIME a NEW RECORD comes in that matches the name and location you have selected. You don’t have to search. We search for you.

A Special Offer from BillionGraves

The normal price for a one year subscription of BillionGraves Plus is $59.95. I have worked with the folks at BillionGraves to put together this amazing deal – one of the lowest prices EVER! You can get one year of all the premium features for just $39.97. You MUST use this link and already have a BillionGraves free account (if not, visit http://billiongraves.com to set one up).

And this offer expires on Monday, March 14th at 5:00 pm Mountain time! Don’t let this opportunity to research “smarter” pass you by!

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Thomas MacEntee

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Cemetery Research

4 Ways to Research in a Cemetery

Legacy Family Tree News

Genealogists love cemeteries! Cemeteries can be critical for finding information related to the births and deaths of our ancestors. When there is a lack of records sometimes the only information we have will be on a gravestone. In this article we’ll discuss four ways you can expand your cemetery research.

1. Ancestor Research

If you are researching from afar you will likely use the Findagrave.com or billiongraves.com websites to help search for your ancestors’ graves. The challenge with using a website rather than visiting in person is that it causes you to focus too tightly on a single ancestor. One of the greatest benefits of researching in a cemetery is discovering other ancestors in nearby plots. While you can’t do this virtually you can sort of recreate the effect on Findagrave.com

Search for an ancestor that you know is listed in Findagrave.com. Next use the “Find all [surname] in:” feature which appears in the sidebar to the left. This will show you all the other people in that cemetery with the same surname. There are also options for searching the surname more broadly in the same town, county, and state. If you are searching for a common name that might not be practical but searching the same cemetery is always a good idea.



2. House Research …

3. Local History Research …

4. Carver / Art ResearchThere is so much more to cemetery research than just the names and dates on the gravestones. Have you ever noticed that gravestones are different shapes and sizes in different time periods? If you look closely you will see patterns that will help you identify the age of a stone quickly.

The art and letter carving on a gravestone also changes with time. The history of the development of stone carvers in America is quite fascinating. The earliest carvers came from Boston and were collectively known as the “Boston carvers.” As the colonies grew, local carvers started to take over. There is often a relationship or association between the local carver and the people he memorialized in stone. It can be a fascinating journey to learn about the individual carvers represented in your local cemetery.

The art on the gravestones contains symbols that held greater meaning in a time when many people didn’t know how to read. For instance, grapes represented Christianity and an hour glass reminds us that time flies and life is fleeting.

To learn more about the carvers and the art they created visit the Association for Gravestone Studies. For more in-depth information about carvers in early New England see Graven Images by Allan Ludwig or Gravestones of Early New England and the Men who Made Them 1653-1800 by Harriette Merrifield Forbes. For gravestone symbolism see Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister.

Have you done other kinds of cemetery research? Let me know!

Marian Pierre-Louis is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Legacy Family Tree. She is also the host of The Genealogy Professional podcast. Check out her webinars in the Legacy library.