We have cemeteries nearby that already have been documented on FindaGrave. Why should we duplicate the work on BillionGraves?

It is NOT a duplication of work, as BillionGraves has a very different mission, uses different tools, and collects very specific data.  


1. EVERY HEADSTONE ON BILLIONGRAVES HAS A PHOTO AND GPS LOCATION.


2. We use our free mobile applications to capture the photo and the GPS location of every grave. In cases where stones are no longer present, we accept high res photos in lieu of app submitted photos. 


3. BillionGraves connects data to a variety of partners outside of just Ancestry. This allows these records to connect to more genealogists and provide value to over 150 million people all over the world.


4. BillionGraves is an open source database that is EVIDENCE FIRST. Meaning we start with a stone and connect them to a person on the tree.


5. GPS provides irrefutable evidence that the information on the stone was found in the cemetery. This follows the Genealogical Proof Standards. A photo attached to a GPS coordinate provides tangible evidence that someone was in that cemetery. If someone doesn't believe the data on the stone, we provide the exact location of where to find the stone if additional verification is needed.


6. It provides GPS coordinates for family members to find the location of the grave in the cemetery if they wish to visit the gravesite. This is extremely valuable in large cemeteries or in cemeteries without an office or plot map to assist the family in finding their gravesites.


7. The GPS coordinates can be used in conjunction with other live events that can be tracked via GPS to provide additional validation of correct sourcing; especially for common names. 


8. For example, born in Virginia in 1800's, baptized in Virginia, married in Virginia, and then a burial record in California... The likelihood of a burial record being in California in the 1800's is VERY slim, so this is probably not the right individual.


9. In the event of natural disasters, the stones can be returned to the proper location. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/us/nationalspecial/coffins-and-buried-remains-set-adrift-by-hurricanes.html


10. In the event of man-made disasters. 

https://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/us/jewish-cemetery-vandalized/index.html


11. Provides accurate and actionable information to manage cemeteries in cases where no organization is present.


12. GPS can assist genealogists in finding additional family members through burial proximity; Family grave plots that are marked or unmarked can be discovered using GPS mapping. 

View: https://billiongraves.com/bgplus for more info. 




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