Transcription Questions

Please do not mark non-English gravestones as unreadable.
PLEASE DO NOT MARK NON-ENGLISH GRAVESTONES AS UNREADABLE!!!!! Here are some gravestones marked unreadable by transcribers: The gravestone above...
Tue, 9 Jun, 2020 at 7:10 PM
How can I merge records during transcription?
#1 As you are transcribing, watch for matches at the left hand side of the screen.  #2 Look to see if the names, dates and headstones match.  #3 If the re...
Fri, 17 Apr, 2020 at 11:09 PM
Military Headstones: Sources
Please read the following for transcribing military headstones:
Thu, 25 Jan, 2024 at 5:01 PM
To Red-Flag or Not To Red-Flag? That is the question.
We have told users when there are not any photos left to transcribe to look for green pins in a cemetery. Green pins indicate that those photos were marked ...
Mon, 14 Mar, 2022 at 3:39 PM
How do I know if I should accept or reject a FamilySearch match? How can I add a record and match this with FamilySearch?
How do I know if I should accept or reject a FamilySearch match? Here is a good case in point. This is a newly transcribed record for a Corporal John R. Bow...
Tue, 9 Jun, 2020 at 8:58 PM
How to choose transcription type or to opt out of 2nd pass
#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. (...
Mon, 7 Dec, 2020 at 11:57 AM
How can I add relationships between stones?
Just like other websites, you can link family members and display relationships on the life information page.  Here is the grave of William Ellery Sr. o...
Fri, 14 Apr, 2023 at 3:41 PM
What do the colored pins mean?
On the volunteer cemetery view page, you will notice four colors of pins: orange, light green, green and purple. Orange Pins- Headstone images tha...
Thu, 8 Feb, 2024 at 1:38 PM
How to transcribe stones labeled, "Known only to God", Unknown or Unidentified Remains
In pauper graves or stones with unknown or unidentified, please place the name Unknown as a surname.  DO NOT USE Jane or John Doe unless this is on the ston...
Mon, 5 Jun, 2023 at 2:41 PM