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Help Getting Started


What is BillionGraves?

  • BillionGraves is a free website to look up headstone photos from around the world.
  • Volunteers use Smartphones to take GPS tagged photos of headstones.
  • Photos are uploaded to the BillionGraves website.
  • Photos are transcribed by volunteers.
  • Photos can be easily accessed for research online.

How to Take Photos

How to Transcribe Photos

  • Visit the BillionGraves Transcription Page.
  • Review the Transcription Help.
  • Enter names, dates, and any other information on the headstone into the fields provided.
  • Headstones can have information for many individuals. Make sure to add information for each.
  • Photos will then be available from the search page.

Learn more about the BillionGraves Plus Features

BillionGraves Plus


Additional Resources

Information Packet Quick Reference Eagle Scout Packet
Information Packet Quick Reference Card Eagle Scout Packet



How-To Videos



Connect to FamilySearch

  • After transcription, a photo can easily be connected to FamilySearch.
  • Visit the FamilySearch Treeconnect page.
  • Authenticate with FamilySearch.
  • Match BillionGraves photos with individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.

How to find a headstone in a cemetery using the BillionGraves App

  • Start the BillionGraves App on your iPhone or Android device when you get to the cemetery.
  • Tap the “Records“ button.
  • Search for the persons name.
  • Tap on the persons name.
  • View on map.

Transcribe from the App

  • Take a picture.
  • Tap the pencil icon.
  • Fill in the form.

Add New Images to a Record using the app

  • Start the BillionGraves app.
  • Tap the Records button.
  • Search for a person.
  • Add image from Camera.

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