We have received many emails from concerned users about transcriptions and seeing the following in the transcription messages:
This happens because there are no images to transcribe. Many of our photographers want to transcribe their own images, and so, although we have thousands of photos coming in weekly, a majority of these are saved by photographers for the two week waiting period, for later transcription.
We decided as a team to re-release thousands of photos sitting in our cemeteries as "green-pins" for transcription. What are "green-pins", you may ask? These are stones that were previously marked as unreadable, photos that were marked as poorly taken or photos that are not of a gravestone. However, many of these are good for people who have the research skills to place them. Here is one example:
This was sitting as a "green-pin" in the Pisgah Presbyterian Cemetery in Butler, Ohio. The stone is hard to read, but there are clues. For more information on what to do with these please read the following article: https://support.billiongraves.com/a/solutions/articles/35000121984-what-are-green-pins-what-can-i-do-with-these-
If the stone is not a stone, but an inappropriate photo such as people drinking in a cemetery, the inside of a purse or car, etc. (Yes, we have seen these!) Please report them with the URL so they can be removed from the website. Send these into support@BillionGraves.com .
What does an unreadable stone look like? Well, it looks like this one. The writing is completely faded, the only way to determine the identity is to have someone in the area gather more information from a cemetery office. This one should be red flagged.
For more information on Red Flags, Click here: https://support.billiongraves.com/a/solutions/articles/35000121993-what-are-red-flags-how-do-i-use-them- (The above photo should be marked, "The Headstone is Unreadable", and it will go back as a green pin.)
When the photo is red flagged, it goes back to the photographer, placed in reported images within the photographers album, removed from the transcription que and placed back as a green pin in the cemetery, unless the URL is sent back to us for removal.
Please do not red flag if there is any way to determine the origin of the stone. Even blurry photos that can be transcribed are good to leave, as it will give people an incentive to retake a poorly taken photo especially if their name is on it.
We need everyone's help in identifying headstones!