I’d love to see this happen in other countries, especially in the U.S. The MyHeritage Blog reports:
“We’re happy to announce that we’ve completed 50% of our goal to digitize every cemetery in Israel — aiming to make it the first country in the world to have all of its gravestones preserved online and searchable, and we’re making all of this data available on MyHeritage for free.
“In 2014, we launched a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The MyHeritage team even went out and digitized an entire cemetery, taking more than 50,000 photos in a single day.”
Obviously, the MyHeritage employees did not stop after a single day. The Blog continues:
“When photographing and documenting gravestones using the excellent BillionGraves mobile application, the precise GPS coordinates of every gravestone are preserved. This makes it easy for others to locate and visit graves of family members and also allows volunteers to see which areas of a cemetery have already been photographed, avoiding duplication and maximizing productivity.
“We have extended that original initiative, pledging to photograph all cemeteries and gravestones in Israel and to transcribe all the information on each and every gravestone.
“We are creating a database of millions of indexed gravestone records, ensuring the preservation of this vital information. The database is available for family historians and genealogists and searchable online for free.”
The article ends with the following challenge:
“Preserving cemeteries online is a tremendously important project which we are committed to carrying out worldwide. We invite you to join our initiative and help us digitize the cemeteries of the world, together. Everyone can help, by photographing some cemeteries in his/her area, or by transcribing gravestone photos that others have taken. Together, we can do it! We warmly invite you to participate.”
You can read a lot more details at https://goo.gl/gxO3r8.
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