What is transcribing?

What is transcribing? It is recording the names, dates, and other information from each gravestone image onto a form on the BillionGraves website.

For more detailed information about transcribing, click HERE.

The Option to Transcribe Your Own Photos 

After you have taken photos at a cemetery and you then click the "upload" button on your smartphone or tablet, a pop-up will appear to ask if you would like to transcribe your own photos. If you want to transcribe your own photos, tap YES. 

If you choose to transcribe your own photos, you will have 14 days to complete the task before your pictures will go into the general queue for anyone to transcribe.

If you do not want to transcribe your own photos, then when the pop-up appears during upload, tap NO. Then other volunteers will transcribe the photos you have taken. 

In case you are wondering, BillionGraves needs help with taking photos more than transcribing at this time. So if you have the option, please take more photos!

After your photos are uploaded from the app, do the following:

#1 Log in to BillionGraves.com.

#2 Click on View My Profile


"My Images" will show up at the top. 

#3 Click on the thumbnail photo for the cemetery of your choice. (DO NOT click on the cemetery name or you will be taken to the cemetery page.)

This will open up your album of individual photos.

#4 Start with the first thumbnail photo of a gravestone. Click on it. *Note: The pencil in the left-hand corner means that the record has not yet been transcribed. No pencil means it has been transcribed.

A transcription window will open with the new photo.

#5 Transcribe the record.

#6 Click Save.

 Another one of your photos will appear in the transcription queue.

#7 Transcribe and save again.

If you would like to go in order in your album, go back and forth between the two tabs you currently have open on your web browser for the Album Page and the Transcription Page.

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Step #3

Step #4

Steps #5 and #6

Step #7

To learn how to transcribe, click HERE

For a Transcription Guide, click HERE.  

To learn how to rate an image while transcribing, click HERE.