Eagle Scout Project to Photograph 50,000 Graves

Fifteen-year-old Hunter Boyer has chosen a unique Eagle Scout project to benefit the past, present and future at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Boyer’s goal is to recruit enough volunteers to take photos of over 50,000 graves using the smartphone app BillionGraves.

The BillionGraves Android and iOS app allows anyone to quickly and easily capture images of headstones with their GPS locations. From there, these records are transcribed and made available for free to families everywhere on BillionGraves.com and FamilySearch.org.

You can read the details in an article in Meridian Magazine’s web site at http://ldsmag.com/article/1/14430.


What a wonderful project – hope more than one person becomes interested in genealogy!


Great idea for a project!


Worthwhile project. However, I would hope that they coordinate their effort with Find A Grave, which shows 142,715 graves at Fort Sam with 43% (a little over 49,000) already with photos.


David Paul Davenport June 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Without disparaging this project in particular I do wish that people would consider projects that involve documenting the headstones of those who are not included in any database. It makes no sense to duplicate work. All of the graves at Sam Houston are included on the VA website that covers all National Cemeteries (but not with photos) and as noted above almost half of the graves at Sam Houston are on findagrave. In the meantime there are hundreds of cemeteries for which no entries have been made on the Internet. BTW – I do hope that if this project is carried out the Boy Scouts realize that the names and relevant dates of deceased spouses are engraved on the backside of the veteran’s marker if said spouse is buried there. I do hope they will look rather than just go down the row. Of course, if the spouse isn’t there yet, someone will have to add this in the future.


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