Monday, April 9, 2012

Billion Graves

On our recent trip we travelled back to Sydney via a few towns where some ancestors buried.

One of the cemeteries I had previously visited in Cobar many years ago but the images I had taken of my grandparents' headstones were poor quality. I wanted to rephotograph these and also look for other family resting spots. The two other cemeteries where I managed to find some family graves, in Broken Hill and Forbes, were new to me.

Locating the graves in each of these sites wasn't particularly easy. In Cobar and Forbes there was no resource available to pinpoint the graves' exact location; the map of Broken Hill Cemetery that was available by the Cemetery gate was quite confusing even for Mr Geniaus who is not spatially challenged like me.

Ben Hall the Bushranger - Forbes Cemetery
In order to make it easy for cousins who may be seeking these graves in the future I added each of them to Billiongraves. The GPS coordinates that Billiongraves attaches to these images will make finding them in the future much easier for those who make use of the Billiongraves site or app.

As we were on a tight time schedule I could not commit myself to photographing all of the graves in each of these cemeteries. I did, however, take and upload a few rows of headstones  around the graves I was visiting in Cobar and Broken Hill.

In less than half an hour I was able to photograph over 100 images in Cobar cemetery. These are now available on Billiongraves site; those who wish to visit these graves can use the GPS coordinates to locate them efficiently.

How about joining and downloading the  Billiongraves  app to your Android or other device so that you can contribute to the database when you find yourself (above ground) in a cemetery. While in a cemetery take some time to photograph a row or two of graves. This is a painless and enjoyable way of helping others connect with their ancestors.

5 comments:

Aillin said...

This is a great idea. I have installed the BillionGraves app on my new Galaxy Nexus but haven't got around to trying it yet - will have to try it out soon. A few people from western NSW feature on my tree so I'll have a look at the photographs you've uploaded.

Michele Berner said...

I found this site recently and transcribed some of the Cobar headstones. The iPad app works well and I can transcribe while watching the TV

Michele Berner said...

I found this site recently and transcribed some of the Cobar headstones. The iPad app works well and I can transcribe while watching the TV

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Laura said...

What a great family history trip! I work at BillionGraves, and I'm so glad you pointed out how documenting headstones with BillionGraves makes it easier for others to find those headstones in the future. Thanks for participating in BillionGraves!

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