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Take Gravestone Photos in Partially Documented Cemeteries

Across the world, gravestones are deteriorating and erosion is erasing the precious details of our ancestors' lives. BillionGraves is the world’s largest GPS-linked cemetery database. With BillionGraves, even if a loved one's gravestone is damaged or worn by time, the invaluable information recorded at their final resting place will still be available.

All the records gathered with the BillionGraves app are shared with FamilySearch. Many of Utah’s cemeteries have already been documented, but there are some that are only partially finished.

How can you help? Grab your smartphone or tablet, download the free BillionGraves app to your device and head out to the cemetery. It's as easy as taking pictures of each grave as you walk along. 

The app will capture the GPS location automatically and in just a short visit hundreds of records can be preserved. When you are finished, upload the photos - with one click of a button - so everyone can use them for family history and keep the memories alive of those we honor and love.

It is polite to contact the sexton (cemetery manager) if one is available (though many cemeteries have been abandoned) to let them know you would like to document the cemetery. Other than that, you do not need to contact anyone when you arrive at the location. You can simply download the app and start taking photos! 

Find a Cemetery to Photograph:

Step #1  In the app, click on "cemeteries".

Step #2 Select a cemetery nearby. Tap the arrow for driving directions and additional cemetery information.

Step #3 Click on "map" to see a map of the cemetery and pins of photos already taken.

Step #4 If no pins are present on the map, photograph the entire cemetery.

Step #5 If pins are present, locate a section of the cemetery with no pins and begin taking photos.

Step #6 If you happen to duplicate some of the gravestones that have already been photographed, don’t worry about it – they will be merged in the transcription process. 

Getting Started:

Step #1 Go the app store on your smartphone. Download the BillionGraves app to your smartphone. 

Step #2 Create a free account on the app or at

Step #3 In the app click on "take pictures" to begin taking photos in your local cemetery.

Step #4. When finished, connect to Wi-Fi and upload cemetery photos.

Step #5 Repeat! :)

Thanks a billion!