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What is the difference between BillionGraves and Find A Grave?

Our site is completely different than Find A Grave.  Find A Grave uses information from users that may or may not be accurate.  It is based solely on trust.  You trust that headstone photos put into the site is accurate and that the stone is in the cemetery where that another user says it is.  As a genealogist with 25+ years of experience, I have found accuracy on their site, but also a lot of inaccurate data as well. The data is placed on the website by well-meaning individuals who either perpetuate family myths and legends or who make mistakes. Also, data given to the website is under the control of the individual who placed it there. Unfortunately, due to human error and without a GPS pin on a map, inaccuracies can occur. On Find A Grave, people are also placed in charge of the data they submit. This can also be a problem with individuals who refuse to change inaccurate information.  Many are kind and are willing to fix problems, but a few individuals have been hostile to any attempt at editing wrong information. 


BillionGraves is different.  Our site relies on volunteers who will both photograph cemeteries and transcribe records. Our main source of data are photographs taken with our app that provides a GPS location of the headstone. People simply go into a cemetery and take photos with our app.  The app puts a GPS marker on the headstone so that it can be easily located. In fact, I have been to large cemeteries in California with thousands of markers and was able to easily find my loved one within a few minutes because someone had taken the photo in BillionGraves. I could literally walk to the grave site.  This is especially helpful when you have never visited the cemetery before. Another thing that sets us apart, is that NO ONE can take charge of the GPS data. As photos are uploaded, they are sent into transcription where volunteers read the stones and put in the data that they can see.  If there are mistakes made in transcription, users can go in and fix problems with the stone. You do not have to ask permission or wait for someone to do this.


Like Find A Grave, we also allow people to add photos without GPS data.  These are called Supporting Records on our site. These are simple to add in that you find the cemetery that your loved one is buried in, by clicking research. You then scroll to search records. Next click on cemetery search. You then type in the name of the cemetery or its location on the map.  Once you find the cemetery you are looking for you click on it. On the main cemetery page, you can click on the box entitled add headstone images or add a record and then follow the directions to place the information in the cemetery. **Please note that supporting records are secondary in our website. They are searchable, however, and if someone goes into the cemetery and takes a photo with our app, the GPS record will become the primary source.


Unlike Find A Grave, our site offers its users two options. You can either enjoy using the site for free or for a small subscription fee (BillionGraves+), you can use the site with better tools such as family notifications, global family records, and see who is buried around your loved one.  The downside to the free site is that it does have more ads, (However, free is always good, right?) and that it has a lot fewer tools that are offered on BG+. The upside to the subscription site is the tools mentioned as well as priority support, and emails sent out to volunteers  for photo requests.


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The site is free unless you have a BG+ Subscription. Contact support for further details.


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Sorry A Young but your description of another web site exposes a poor knowledge and boasts of BG accuracy. ALL web site have differing issues and BG is NO exception. To deride another web site to gain brownie points is silly and puerile. 
This is a prime example ( https://billiongraves.com/grave/Francis-James-Tresidder/28173617 ) if you go to the page you will see that the names on the headstones are NOT what has supposedly been accurately transcribed. 
I have attached a photo so you can see why every site has its troubles at times. 
The reason I came here was to find a way to contact the person who made the error and get them to correct it. That is easily done on Find a Grave as you well know even with the rare intransigent. 
Yes I can just do it myself but then where is the headstone for Francis James Tresidder or is that on another page somewhere in BG as another error ? 

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If you knew how to use the BG site, you wouldn't need to send in a ticket on this issue. On Find A Grave you have to ask someone to fix this for you. On BillionGraves, you can fix this yourself. (If you need something removed altogether, we will do this for you in support.) 

This particular photo that you sent was a bit of a problem. This was done by someone who did not understand the nature of our website. Most likely a user of another website who tried putting a record in with no headstone. We have a way to do this, but someone thought they could do this by attaching another name to a headstone photo. This is rare, but it happens, and we are not above having issues, as all websites do, and we are not immune to this. We've never claimed immunity!  :)  We only claim to be a bit different from Find A Grave, in a unique way.  Francis James Tresidder, may be buried in the Gingin Cemetery in Western Australia, bur there is no photo of his stone. He may be buried in an unmarked grave, and in that case we ask people to create a paper grave and take  a photo in the place of burial. 

I went into this record and fixed it in less than 2 minutes. Anyone can, you could have too!  Our article on the differences was not meant to boast or brag or somehow belittle another website. We just need to point out our unique differentiation. Each of us have a place in genealogy. Find A Grave is for memories, and memorials. BillionGraves is for accuracy of placement. As a researcher with over 30 years of experience, I use Find A Grave to read stones all of the time, as many of their photos were taken 20+ years ago. (Twenty years with acid rain and weathering does a lot of damage to our cemeteries.) With accuracy of placement you will always know where a loved one is buried, as you have a pin to mark the spot. 




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