Our GoalOur goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves. And we won't stop there!
We CAN achieve this goal. If only 100,000 of our users were to upload 10,000 images each per year (about 850 pictures a month) we would easily reach that goal. With just a couple trips to your local cemetery each month, YOU can easily make these records available to those people searching for their relatives.
Join our worldwide effort and see just how rewarding (and even addicting!) BillionGraves is.
BillionGraves has been adopted into a new family!
BillionGraves was recently acquired by Otter Creek Holdings (based in Ogden, Utah). Otter Creek Holdings' subsidiaries, My Legacy Memorial and Legacy Mobile, understand the connection people have to Family History. So BillionGraves could not have asked for a better home!
Meet the BillionGraves Team:
Hudson GunnHudson has been key in BillionGraves' recent shift in ownership and is excited to be a part of the BillionGraves team. He graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management. Over two years ago, he started Code_IT Barcodes that provided QR codes for tracking/analytics for businesses to use in advertising. This led to his most recent company called My Legacy Memorial which provides families the option of placing QR codes on headstones that link the viewer to online memorials and genealogy information. He is also the founder of WildTrax outdoors and has been awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year (2011) and Best Small Business. He loves playing softball and the piano, skiing, photography, and being outdoors.
"BillionGraves is important because it's the preservation of history that is quickly being lost and destroyed. Preserving this valuable information and making it readily available to promote collaborative genealogical work is a fascinating and rewarding challenge!"
Brian Moncur: Chief Technology OfficerBrian has been working on BillionGraves for almost two years now and was a huge asset in the BillionGraves' transition to new ownership these last two months. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and has an extensive background in software design and development. He was the CTO for Fonix (a speech recognition company) as well as for AppTime, the original developer of BillionGraves. In his spare time he loves mountain biking, rock climbing/canyoneering and talking technology with his three sons who all had a hand in the creation of BillionGraves.
"If headstones could talk I'm sure that they would have a lot of stories to tell. Since they can't, BillionGraves is the next best thing. Those stories are quickly fading away so we need to capture them ASAP!"
Steve Service: Senior Web DeveloperSteve joined BillionGraves in December 2012 and is excited to be a part of the team. He holds a BA in Multimedia Technologies/Digital Animation and Production and a MS in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University. He has worked for several companies throughout Utah and Arizona in web development and marketing. He is married with five children and volunteers as a Regional Commissioner for American Youth Soccer Organization as well as a coach for several teams in his spare time.
"Genealogy and Family History are important in our family, especially on my wife's side because not much genealogy has been recorded. It is always fun to see your family history and get an idea of where you came from and the struggles your ancestors had."
Rob Moncur: Product ManagerRob has worked on the BillionGraves project for 2 years now and is an avid picture taker and transcriber when he's not working behind the scenes. He received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently obtaining an MBA as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He loves hiking/climbing, biking, and going on any kind of adventure.
"The part that's so engaging about the BillionGraves project is that I know I'm helping someone else out there find family members, friends, or interesting people who have passed away. It's a great way to remember those who have gone ahead of us and have paved the way to make our lives better."
Tom Hester: Support/Customer CareTom started working on BillionGraves in 2010 as a project consultant and now he is our main customer support technician. He is graduating from Utah Valley University this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Tom is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and loves working out, surfing, and swimming.
"Watching BillionGraves develop and grow has been such a wonderful experience. The countless hours put into the development of BillionGraves has made me not only love it but develop a deep loyalty to it."
Lisa Moncur: Writer/BloggerLisa is just finished her bachelor's degree in Theatre and English at Brigham Young University. She is new to the BillionGraves team, but has been taking pictures and transcribing for over a year now. She loves playing tennis, going to plays as well as performing in them, and listening to/reading stories. She would love to hear any stories of your BillionGraves adventures! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Whenever I take pictures for BillionGraves, I can't help but think of the people buried there and what stories they could tell. Sure, BillionGraves is about preserving records but it's also about preserving stories."