Break out your smart phone and join the Fountaindale Public Library Genealogy Club for a series of summer BillionGraves Field Trips! There are four BillionGraves Field Trips scheduled for June and July, 2014. Each field trip is available for genealogists, family historians, and cemetery buffs of all experience levels. Registration is free and each session will include handouts, hands-on training, and bottled water. Participants should bring a smartphone or data-plan enabled tablet, weather appropriate accessories, and a good pair of sturdy shoes to each field trip.
On Saturday, June 14 our first set of field trips will be held at 9 am at Boardman Cemetery in Bolingbrook. After a short break, the second field trip will be held at 1 pm at Alexander Cemetery in Romeoville.
The second set of field trips will be held on Saturday, July 12 in Downers Grove. The first fieldtrip will be held at 9 am at Oak Hill Cemetery. After a short break, the second field trip will be held at 1 pm in the adjoining Oak Crest Cemetery.
If you are new to BillionGraves, you will want to attend our BillionGraves Orientation on Wednesday, July 9 at 7 pm at the Fountaindale Public Library. The orientation will cover how to download the app, how to take photos, link photos together, delete photos, how to tackle difficult transcription issues, and how to upload photos at the end of the project. The program will also include a short cemetery transcription orientation as well. Registration for the orientation is free and can be completed online or by calling the Fountaindale Public Library at (630) 685-4176.
You do not need to be a Genealogy Club member to join the BillionGraves Field Trips! We would like to host additional field trips in the fall, and we would like to know what cemeteries you want to survey! For more information call (630) 685-4201.
To learn more about the cemeteries on our field trip list, you can visit the following sites:
Boardman Cemetery – http://www.bolingbrookhistprescomm.org/boardman-cemetery.html
Alexander Cemetery – http://dupagetownship.org/cemeteries/alexander-cemetery
Oak Hill and Oak Crest Cemeteries – http://www.dgtownship.com/?page_id=270