Thursday, November 10, 2011

UGA - Free Virtual Chapter Meeting

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Association.

UGA Virtual Chapter presents Tim Cross - FamilySearch and Billion Graves

Billion Graves provides the standard for how source records will be integrated into FamilySearch going forward. The understanding of where an ancestor is buried has new meaning. Visiting the cemetery will never be the same again.

iPhone and Android phones do more than just enable you to text and talk: with GPS capabilities and fully functional cameras, these popular devices can also help your family history. One way to do it is through a program called BillionGraves, which uses technology innovations to help researchers find and map the overwhelmingly useful information on cemetery headstones. This tool helps the genealogical community document the names and locations of every headstone with photos. All the information is available online, for free, so if you can't visit to a distant cemetery, you can still find everything you need in one place.

Tim Cross has worked as a Product Manager for the new FamilySearch for 7 years. Prior to working for the Church, Tim worked in the computer industry for PriceWaterhouse, Booz, Allen & Hamiltion, and Novell. Tim is currently responsible for integrating all the FamilySearch components into and linking source records into the Family Tree (new FamilySearch).

November 17, 2011, 7:00 pm MT @

The UGA Virtual Chapter meets online on the third Thursday of each month except December. These meetings are free to the public. To attend the presentation, go to and, on the date and at the time of the meeting, click on the UGA logo. Enter the presentation as a guest. Archived copies of our monthly meetings are available to UGA members only. UGA Membership is only $35.00 per year. To join UGA, visit our website at Look down the blue panel and select the option to "Join UGA!" Follow the prompts.

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