Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MyHeritage Team Photographs Israeli Cemetery and Saves it to BillionGraves

I received this via email from MyHeritage today:


I wanted to let you know that the MyHeritage Israel team just kick-started our global initiative that we recently announced together with BillionGraves, to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries.

We decided that it was important to go out as a team and experience the process of photographing and documenting gravestones using the BillionGraves app, and so 80 members of the MyHeritage team went on a grey and cloudy Sunday morning to the local cemetery - Segula - located in Petah Tikva, Israel. In just 3 hours we captured over 50,000 gravestone images and completed nearly 70% of the entire cemetery. 

It was the largest event of its kind ever held in Israel. In fact, BillionGraves told us that this was the largest single-day cemetery project held so far using the BillionGraves app. With the fast pace growth of the app, it is sure to be surpassed soon with other similar cemetery projects.

As we know, most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. In addition, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent. This initiative is really important for genealogists and for everyone in order to make family history available to all. 

We are calling on people around the world to join us in this project, and we are happy to help and guide people in the process with advice and resources. We invite everyone to visit  http://billiongraves.com/myheritage to register and download the application. This will help millions of people to discover the final resting place of their ancestors and relatives and the information it includes. 

We'd be happy if you would embed our photo slideshow (please see the special file with HTML code attached). Feel free to use any of the photos from our blog post.

Please help us spread the word about this global mission and gather support for preserving this rich information for generations to come.

If you know about any society that will like to use the app for their cemetery project, let them know my email and we will share all our knowledge and help them get organized with pleasure.


The MyHeritage blog post has photographs of the MyHeritage team at work.  

This would be a wonderful project for a genealogical society to undertake.  

It would be interesting to know what advice and guidelines the photographers were given as to getting permissions to photograph, defining which area of the cemetery to photograph, photo settings, lighting issues, etc.  

copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

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