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This collection is a name index of burial records posted on BillionGraves.com. BillionGraves has shared the index to the website billiongraves.com, a large family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information for collections published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "BillionGraves Index." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing BillionGraves. http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012.
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- Name of deceased
- Date of birth
- Date of death
- Name of cemetery
- Date of burial
Information not in the index, but found from time to time on the headstones in the images on the BillionGraves website when you view the image associated with a record there:
- Relationships (Father, mother, husband, wife, etc.)
- Marriage place (not commonly seen).
- Other family members such as parents or spouse of deceased
- Military service, unit, and rank information for service in wars fought by the United States or British Commonwealth nations. Some British Commonwealth headstones that have military information may have unit insignia as well as ID numbers of soldiers interred, but that information may vary from locality to locality.
- Religious symbols that may be indicative of what religion the deceased may have practiced. This may aid in later research as many churches, synagogues, etc., may have or had kept records associated with the deceased that have other and more complete information.
- Other information of various kinds.
How to Use the Record
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
For help searching the collection view the on-line demonstration FamilySearch Search Tips.
Viewing the Original Headstone Photos on BillionGraves
If you find a record while using this collection, you may view an image of the headstone associated with it at the BillionGraves website (link below). There is no fee to view the image associated with the record. You may also view a cemetery's Google map, and see where the headstone you are viewing is on that map, for free as well.
|On the BillionGraves website itself, when viewing the image, you can rotate and zoom in or out as needed, just use the controls at the top of the actual image. Some headstones were photographed sidewise due to conditions at the time the photo you view was taken which makes the rotation feature a very useful tool. Some inscriptions, particularly some epitaphs, may appear too small to read, zooming in will be useful for those situations|
Frequency of Collection Updates
Since BillionGraves users are gathering and uploading new headstone images and those images are being transcribed daily, there will be regular updates to this collection. Updates currently happen frequently, usually every couple of weeks, but never less frequently than around every four to six weeks. The latest update occurred 25 June 2013 and the collection, with that update, now contains 4,197,593 records.
The collection time period box on the upper right of the page says '1001-2012'. However, a few headstones for those who have died in 2013 have started showing up in the index. A headstone with a death date in February 2013 inscribed on it was sighted on the BillionGraves site itself on 27 March 2013.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
“BillionGraves Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VT7X-Q8Y accessed 24 May 2012), Violet Hartsell Pinkerton, born 6 June 1908, died 8 September 2005; citing BillionGraves, Headstones, BillionGraves.com.
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