I’ve had quite a busy weekend! Yesterday, I was at the Nashville Zoo to learn more about the African American history at the site, and today, I went to Greenwood Cemetery to take pictures for BIllionGraves.
I’ve blogged about BillionGraves several times before here on my blog:
- my first impressions of it before I could even get the app on my Android phone (2011)
- my experience the first time I was able to use it (2011)
- taking pics with my kids in tow at Nashville National Cemetery (2011)
- I used it to take a few pics during a trip to Arlington National Cemetery (2016)
- I regularly include it anytime I talk about apps for genealogy (2017)
I guess you could say I’m a fan (I promise, I am not paid to say that LOL). But, I am a fan because I do feel it fills a niche in the genealogy world. The aim is simple – geo-tag as many cemetery headstones as possible with the ultimate goal to get to a BILLION entries. And, given that all I have to do is take the pictures and other people can transcribe them — all the better!
This weekend, the BillionGraves team was in Nashville to document as many burials as possible in a specific group of cemeteries that included Mt. Olivet, Mt. Cavalry, and both Greenwood Cemeteries (African American). Given my interest in Nashville African American history, I signed up to help out at Greenwood Cemetery. Of all the photos that were on the site before this weekend, I took 80% of them anyway (800/1000). So, this was right up my alley!
Today, over the course of about 2.5 hours, I was able to take 800 photos! I wish I could have stayed longer, but I am happy with the progress. BillionGraves’ Chief Technology Officer, Brian Moncure, took about 300 photos himself! It is definitely a good thing that our photos will be among the new ones soon posted on the site. In the picture below, I took photos of about every grave you see in the picture, on this side of the entrance road. That’s a lot of photos and I hope it will be of help to others researching their family history and looking for relatives in the cemetery. In fact, while I was there, a woman came in looking for her grandmother and couldn’t find her location – an app such as this one definitely helps solve that problem!
Here is the view of my contributions today as reflected on the BillionGraves site – see all those green dots? That’s me!
I did not work in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, but due to help from an Eagle Scouts project, and other volunteers, half the cemetery was photographed just yesterday alone. I was also glad to have the opportunity to meet and speak with both Brian, and CEO, Hudson Gunn. The team has some interesting plans for the future and I am looking forward to seeing them develop! Thanks BillionGraves for organizing this event!
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