May 19, 2021

Mount Shasta, California, Youth Volunteers Photograph More Than 1,000 Gravestones for ‘BillionGraves’

I must admit this is a great service being offered by teenagers of today. According to an article by Bill Choy and published in the Mount Shasta Herald:

A group of Siskiyou County youth from the Mount Shasta ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spent several hours Saturday taking photos of grave stones at Mount Shasta Memorial Park cemetery. The group used the app BillionGraves, which is billed as “the world’s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data, and is growing bigger … every day.”

The activity was designed to teach the youth about family history and to serve others, said Kirk Andrus, bishop of the local organization, noting it was the perfect activity for a pandemic, since the young adults were able to “work outside, stay safe and perform a valuable service.”

The BillionGraves website invites people to help discover and honor ancestors by volunteering in three ways: taking photos, transcribing photos, and researching records, Andrus explained.

The group took and uploaded almost 1,000 photographs, or about a quarter of the sprawling cemetery’s gravestones. They plan to return to finish the project, which will be made easier now that they know what they’re doing and have developed an organized system.

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