Many people would love to be able to personalize the graves of loved ones. Our wonderful technical staff has also allowed this magic to happen here at BillionGraves.
This is the memorial for my Great Aunt. She dedicated her life to preserving her family heritage and genealogy for our family, as she never had the opportunity to marry. Great Aunt Bertha was an amazing woman, who although she never had children of her own, should be remembered!
In the early days of BillionGraves I worked as a volunteer with an early model digital camera and captured the stone in 2012. As I got a better phone I took a newer photo last year in 2019. Notice both grave photos show in the photo carousel, under the main photo. Also notice the difference in quality between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone XR, WOW! (This is also a big hint to those who had a photo taken of a loved one's grave 10 years ago...it may be time for a new photo!)
I also can add in other photos that I might have of an individual at home. I can do this by clicking on "add images" at the top of the page. I can add any image file here, photos, documents such as death certificates, birth records, and more!
Notice that I also added in three photos of her so that a face could be put with the grave. Making this much more personal. My favorite photo is the Sepia photo that is next to her name at the top of the page. If I didn't have a personal photo, the favored grave photo would be at the top by her name.
How did I do this? It's very simple. Look at the photo icon below. It starts as white:
When I click on it it changes from white to orange. Orange, meaning, it will be the main photo displayed.
In the carousel, there are also two types of photos it contains. GPS photos will be at the front, and family photos or other documents will be behind the GPS photos.
If I click on a different photo, and change it from white to orange it will change the photo to be displayed at the top.
Notice the change made to the photo at the top when I changed the photo icon from white to orange.
When I refresh the page, notice that the new photo is up at the top. This will be the photo displayed on the page. The main GPS photo below will be the photo displayed for searches.
You can also add obituaries and worded memorials to any life information page to personalize this and create a history of each individual. These can be added by clicking on "Add a memory" at the top of the page.
When I click on the add a memory button, It takes me to this page, where I can add information, a life story, obituary, or a link to another website.
Once this is entered in and saved, if I scroll down to the bottom of the page, notice that the memories section will be under the grave site of Bertha. This gives further information about Bertha's life.
Personalization brings a depth and richness to each person displayed. Making these memorials much more meaningful. One of the main goals in genealogy is to bring history and people to life. Give it a try! It is fun and very rewarding!