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As I delve into my family history, I celebrate every ancestor I find, and every record or scrap of information I can locate. But over and over, I run into roadblocks. Anyone who really digs for their family roots knows what that feels like. All these records and snippets of history I’m trying to find are out there, somewhere. But all too often I don’t know where to find it, or I can’t find it because I can’t travel to wherever my ancestors were born, lived, or died. But I realized something: every record is near somebody, even if that somebody isn’t me. As far as headstones and graves go, someone out there lives next to the cemetery I need. And who knows, maybe the cemetery they need to search through is the one in my home town.

So my friends and I started work on In building the site and its iPhone and now Android apps, we’ve created a framework that allows people all over the world to map out photos of all the headstones in their local cemeteries and upload them to the database. Once the photos are there, fellow family historians can transcribe the information from the headstones and make it easy to search, which puts unique headstone records only mouse-clicks away from anyone looking for their ancestors. By using the smartphone's location services, we can ensure that even when descendants are half a world away, they can not only see their ancestors’ information, but they can also see the headstones and precisely where those headstones are. Previously undocumented records end up collected in an easy-to-access, free-to-use location, and family historians anywhere can use this framework to build on their existing research.

The trouble is that even though we’ve built this framework, it won’t amount to much unless we have help from all over the world. And by all over the world, I mean if we don’t have help from YOU. We have the audacious goal to accurately acquire, transcribe and share at least one billion grave records, but that can’t happen without others who share that same vision...

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● Updating many areas around uploading

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  • (43 stars)

    by Stanley Sneed on 23/03/2015

    Like the concept and I will continue to use it, however all the photos I took of gravesites are no longer visible on my new phone. The markers are there, but detail about the site is still on my old phone.

  • (43 stars)

    by Glenn Rossi on 06/03/2015

    This App still needs development tweaks, and it would help to add more of the features available in the web version.

  • (43 stars)

    by Noland Aull on 28/02/2015

    This app is missing a save to SD card option. Once I upload the original photos, I am only left with downloading thumbnails off the website, and absolutely no options exist in this app to migrate pictures taken into third party services or an SD card. If this functionality could be added, the app would be a fantastic and seamless product. Until then, I use it with great irritation.

  • (43 stars)

    by John Allen on 29/01/2015

    App keeps sending me emails about request within 20 miles of me that are actually nearly 2000 miles from me. Frustrating, and I can't seem to Unsubscribe from the emails either.

  • (43 stars)

    by Renee Frankfurt-Colbert on 26/01/2015

    I can't get to cemeteries anymore but have tons of info that I can add of save the photos for my own genealogy!

  • (43 stars)

    by Bridger Nebeker on 31/12/2014

    Sometimes the app crashes when I try to begin an uploading session. It will not let me take pictures unless mobile data is turned on, and it's not, it blames my GPS signal. On several rare occasions, the app has caused my Nexus 4 to do a full shut down. (I work DSLRs better than phone cameras, but there needs to be a function similar to changing the ISO) because some images turn out too dark to re

  • (43 stars)

    by Jose Rojo on 24/12/2014


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