BillionGraves is striving to have the most accurate records possible. Our transcribers are the best! However, we all make mistakes at times that need a little fix now and then. Second-pass gives BillionGraves records a second set of eyes to ensure accuracy. 

Watch this VIDEO to learn more about second-pass transcriptions.

What do second-pass transcriptions look like? 

Below is an image of a second-pass photo and transcription form. The form on the right already has the names and dates filled in. It also has checkboxes to the right of each field.

Notice that the first transcriber missed transcribing the death month. The second-pass transcriber fixes this issue. 

If the 2nd-pass transcriber decides that the information on the form was correctly transcribed, they click on the box on the right and a green checkmark appears.

Do all records in your collection go through a second pass?  

Yes, all records will go through a second pass at some point. 

What does the Life Information Page look like after a second pass? 

Notice this Life Information Page has two transcribers instead of one. The transcribers can't be the same person, as we want the final person to be different. This allows for another person to look over the transcription to make sure this was done correctly.

Do we get credit for transcriptions that will go toward a free monthly subscription, and will this go on the leaderboard?

Yes, you will get credit for second pass transcriptions the same way credit is given for an original transcription both toward the free monthly subscription and the leaderboard.

What do we do with records that have information, not apparent on the stone, but extra information that might have been found elsewhere?

Sometimes, first transcribers will go to great lengths to ensure high-quality records. If you come across a record that has information but may or may not have a headstone image with it, this may be an unmarked grave. PLEASE mark it as good. 

If you come across a headstone that is difficult to read, but there is information on the transcription form, PLEASE just mark this off as a good transcription. DO NOT "fix" this to an unknown. Many of our researchers have spent countless hours to ensure these graves are marked appropriately.  Many stones in older cemeteries are impossible to read. Our wonderful researchers have ensured that these people are not forgotten, often marking these graves and matching them with FamilySearch records for others to find. We want to keep it this way! Thank You!

Why are you doing a second-pass? 

This will help ensure high-quality transcriptions. This process also ensures high genealogical standards in our work. Many of those familiar with the process of transcribing or indexing as done by FamilySearch will see this as a standard practice in the industry. 

How do I work on second pass transcriptions?

#1 Log in to BillionGraves.

#2 Hover over Volunteer in the toolbar of the main menu.

#3 Click Transcribe.

#4 Click on Settings.

#5  Choose Second Pass. Click on the "x" to exit. 

#6 The previously transcribed image will appear in the right-hand transcription bar.

#7 If the information seems to be correct, click on the checkbox. You will see a green checkmark.

#8 If you see an issue, fix it and then click on the box. Fields with corrections will display a blue arrow.

#9 Click Save.

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To learn how to transcribe, click HERE