Our GoalOur 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!
We CAN achieve this goal. If only 100,000 of our users were to upload 10,000 images (about 850 pictures a month for one year) we would easily reach that goal. With just a couple trips to your local cemetery each month, YOU can easily make these records available to those people searching for their relatives.
Join our worldwide effort and see just how rewarding (and even addicting!) BillionGraves is.
Meet the BillionGraves Team:
Tom Comstock: CEOTom joined BillionGraves in November of 2012. As an entrepreneur, he has been involved in the investment and finance business for over 18 years. Relationship building, problem solving and sound business skills top his list of talents. He enjoys: woodworking, astronomy, travel, and seeing people succeed.
"Our goal at BillionGraves is to help people find the exact final resting places of their ancestors. Finding even one of those lost ancestors can bring great satisfaction. Families are very important to me. BillionGraves makes me feel good."
Hudson Gunn: PresidentHudson graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management. Over two years ago, he started Code_IT Barcodes that provided QR codes for tracking/analytics for businesses to use in advertising. This led to the creation of My Legacy Memorial which provides families the option of placing QR codes on headstones that link the viewer to online memorials and genealogy information. He is also the founder of WildTrax outdoors and has been awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) and Best Small Business. He loves playing softball and the piano, skiing, photography, and being outdoors.
"BillionGraves is important because it's the preservation of history that is quickly being lost and destroyed. Preserving this valuable information and making it readily available to promote collaborative genealogical work is a fascinating and rewarding challenge!"
Brian Moncur: Chief Technology OfficerBrian has been working on BillionGraves for three years now and has been a huge asset to BillionGraves from the start. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has an extensive background in software design and development. He was the CTO for Fonix (a speech recognition company) as well as for AppTime, the original developer of BillionGraves. In his spare time he loves mountain biking, rock climbing/canyoneering and talking technology with his three sons who all had a hand in the creation of BillionGraves.
"If headstones could talk I'm sure that they would have a lot of stories to tell. Since they can't, BillionGraves is the next best thing. Those stories are quickly fading away so we need to capture them ASAP!"
Steve Service: Senior Web DeveloperSteve joined BillionGraves in December 2012 and is excited to be a part of the team. He holds a BA in Multimedia Technologies/Digital Animation and Production and a MS in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. He has worked for several companies throughout Utah and Arizona in web development and marketing. Steve is married and has five children. He volunteers as a Regional Commissioner for the American Youth Soccer Organization and coaches several teams in his spare time.
"Genealogy and Family History are important in our family, especially on my wife's side because not much genealogy has been recorded. It is always fun to see your family history and get an idea of where you came from and the struggles your ancestors had."
Rob Moncur: Product ManagerRob has worked on the BillionGraves project for three years now and is an avid picture taker and transcriber when he's not working behind the scenes. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently obtaining an MBA as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He loves hiking/climbing, biking, and going on any kind of adventure.
"The part that's so engaging about the BillionGraves project is that I know I'm helping someone else out there find family members, friends, or interesting people who have passed away. It's a great way to remember those who have gone ahead of us and have paved the way to make our lives better."
Tom Hester: Support/Customer CareTom started working on BillionGraves in 2010 as a project consultant and now he is our main customer support technician. He is graduating from Utah Valley University this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Tom is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and loves working out, surfing, and swimming.
If you have any questions, please contact Tom at email@example.com.
"Watching BillionGraves develop and grow has been such a wonderful experience. The countless hours put into the development of BillionGraves has made me not only love it but develop a deep loyalty to it."
Lisa Moncur: Blogger/Social Media MarketingLisa has a B.A. in Theatre and English from Brigham Young University and has been contributing to the BillionGraves project for over two years now. She loves playing tennis, the performing arts, and reading/listening to stories. She would love to hear any stories of your BillionGraves adventures! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Whenever I take pictures for BillionGraves, I can't help but think of the people buried there and what stories they could tell. There is great power in learning about those who came before you and BillionGraves is a great tool to help you do that!