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25 June 2012

Index to BillionGraves now at

As the collection of databases in the Historical Records section of continues to grow, some amazing records for genealogists are becoming more readable available. A great example of this is the new addition of a name index to the website.
BillionGraves is a database of records and images from cemeteries around the world, all tagged with GPS locations, making the gravesites easy to find. The BillionGraves site includes images of the headstones as collected by an amazing group of volunteers.

The search tool for the Billiongraves website is very user friendly. Once the names are found in the database at familysearch, the actual image can be found at BillionGraves. The search tool allows the researcher to filter by name, location and years. I performed a search for Abraham Katz who I knew was buried in New York.

The results for Abraham Katz included the person I was searching for. He died on 25 August 1931 and is buried at the Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, New York. The quality of the image of his headstone was very good.
The BillionGraves database is a great addition to the FamilySearch site, and is another valuable source for those researching their Jewish ancestors.

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