Rescuing Our Roots

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Join the project and help set a world record!

Rescuing our Roots is attempting to set a world record by taking photos of gravestones – and we need your help! Click on the buttons above to join the project and find a cemetery where you can help.

Goal #1

Document 1 Million Gravestones with Photos and Transcriptions

Take photos of 1 million gravestones and transcribe 1 million gravestone records before September 30, 2023! You can get started now! Register by filling out the form on this page. Then download the free mobile app to any iOS or Android device.

Headstone Photos Taken
184,811 / 1,000,000
Records Transcribed
482,396 / 1,000,000

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Goal #2

10,000 participants upload at least 1 photo

Ready to set a world record? Ready to invite friends to join in the fun? 10,000 participants are needed to set a world record for the most participants to upload gravestones images in 24 hours! On Sunday, June 25th, 2023, we will have exactly 24 hours for each person to upload at least one new photo of a gravestone that has been taken with the BillionGraves app.

Participants that have Joined the Project
1,091 / 10,000
Photos Uploaded on June 25th, 2023
0 / 10,000

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What is BillionGraves?

BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery data resource. This project will help families find their ancestors and grow their family trees! As volunteers take photos with the BillionGraves app, each gravestone is automatically marked with a GPS location. The data is then transcribed by volunteers, plotted on cemetery maps, and made readily available at BillionGraves.com for millions of families around the globe for generations to come. The GPS-marked cemetery maps not only allow families to find their ancestor’s gravestones, but they also allow future volunteers to see exactly what has already been photographed.

Questions?

Email: Volunteer@BillionGraves.com

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