On our FamilySearch blog we have been providing our readers with a lot of information about a website called BillionGraves.com which is owned and operated by AppTime, LLC. We like what they have to offer to the public and feel that they have a bright future in the field of genealogy and family history research. BillionGraves aims to provide an expansive family history database for records and images from cemeteries located around the world by engaging volunteers using BillionGraves mobile applications. Digitized images of each gravestone will be tagged with GPS coordinates to make finding an ancestor’s graves a very simple matter of using a mobile cell phone. Their database is growing every day as volunteers gather images of headstones from around the world. Their goal is to collect images and GPS coordinates of one billion graves, which we feel is a very realistic goal.
With that in mind, effective immediately, FamilySearch would like to announce that we will be adding to FamilySearch the growing indexes of BillionGraves’ database. This new arrangement will be a great benefit to both organizations. Indexed photos of tombstones provided by the BillionGraves website can now be found by searching records on the BillionGraves search page of the FamilySearch.org website and is available to the public at no cost. This will be the case from now into the indefinite future. To learn more about BillionGraves and see what they are all about, visit the BillionGraves website.
We are excited to expand the partnering relationship with AppTime to include BillionGraves. AppTimes’ relationship with FamilySearch began over two years ago with the development and marketing of MobilTree, a success full iPhone and Android application that interfaces with FamilySearch Family Tree. This expanded relationship is just one example of how FamilySearch works with other companies and organizations to help bring the genealogy and family history community members the best and latest family history resources available.