I was thinking…since I want this to be a genealogy/family history blog, my posts regarding something new I learn daily should be related to genealogy/family history in some way. Recently, they’ve been related to my current job as a medical transcriptionist. I need to start cutting ties to that job to move into genealogy full-time. With that being said…
I decided to check out BillionGraves.com today. I knew it was out there, but I’m typically a FindAGrave kinda girl. There is a free app through BillionGraves wherein you take a picture of a headstone in the app, then transcribe what the headstone says for indexing, and upload it. The app gives it GIS coordinates to map it for others to be able to find it. I am going to give it a whirl soon with my War of 1812 veteran. Why him, you ask? Well, he’s buried in my county, plus I received a notice about a joint project between BillionGraves and FGS today regarding War of 1812 soldiers’ graves. There is an ongoing push to preserve the War of 1812 pension documents, but they need money to do it. Luckily, my ancestor’s last name began with B, and his pension papers have been digitized and I garnered quite a bit of interesting information from them. I’ve donated to the cause but thought I would post something here to direct others to learn more about it.
War of 1812 project announcement:
FYI: For whatever reason, I can’t hyperlink a link in this theme apparently…sigh. So, no fancy titles on my links.