Computers are changing the genealogical world, but did you know that cell phones are too? IPhone and Android cell phones are being used to photograph headstones and also to record their location. The website Billiongraves.com is asking IPhone and Android cell phone owners to take GPS-tagged photographs of tombstones and upload them onto their free website. Of course, there is an app (a free one) that first needs to be downloaded to the phone. After a volunteer uploads a cell phone picture to the webpage, another volunteer transcribes the headstone information into a searchable online database.
The Billiongraves.com program is similar to that Findagrave.com, a website mentioned in an earlier article, but their added twist is the GPS-tagged cell phone picture, which provides a researcher with not just a photograph of a headstone but also its latitude and longitude location in a cemetery. This might not seem like a big deal to some people, but to those of you who have wandered around aimlessly in a cemetery trying to find a headstone, using just a section or lot number scribbled on a piece of paper, you understand that having the exact location on a map can be extremely helpful. Of course, if you can view a headstone online, you may not feel the need to physically visit the grave. Even so, the added GPS-tagged photo feature on Billiongraves.com is very interesting one.