Wednesday, March 14

Search BillionGraves

Are there really a billion grave sites listed at BillionGraves? Unlikely...but they might get there one day.

This is an interesting site, with a deep database of listings, in the US and around the world. Data is provided by volunteers who use the Billiongraves app to photograph grave sites and upload the GPS data for the site along with the actual record of who's buried there.

The GPS component makes it easy to survey surrounding graves. Since families are often buried in close proximity to one another, the site can provide clues to family relations that you might have missed at other sources. If you visit the actual grave, the Billiongraves app on your phone will guide you directly to the site.

Searching is free, as is access to the first tier of information, which is a pretty full listing of the individual grave record. If you want the full record though, including neighboring graves, you'll have to subscribe to their Plus service.

A search at Billiongraves, along with a search at Findagrave, gives you enormous access to records of the deceased. Add in the military grave databases!

Don't forget to also check for your family history at NewspaperArchive and These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots. And visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.

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