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Ben Love's Eagle Project

Yuma Pioneer Cemetary is not owned by any particular organization. Because of that, there is no database to account for who is buried in the cemetery. There is a huge need for some kind of database.

Join me on Saturday, January 14th - 8am -11 am

to help families find their ancestors by photographing headstones and uploading the photos to the Billion Graves website.

Here's How You Can Help

Join me on January 14 at 8 am at the Yuma Pioneer Cemetary

1415 S 1st Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364 

Follow These Super Easy Steps!  

  1. Download the BillionGraves app to your smartphone from your app store

  2. Create a free account on the app or at

  3. On January 14, 2023, meet us at the cemetery at 8:00 am.  Bring your phone. 

  4. Meet us at the volunteer booth where we will assign you a section of the cemetery.

  5. In the app, click on "take pictures" to begin taking photos in your assigned section. This is the button with the camera icon in a green circle. (The GPS coordinates will automatically be recorded.)

  6. Go up and down the rows taking pictures of each gravestone until you have completed your assigned section.

  7. When you are done, tap on Photos. Scroll down to the bottom and there will be a button with the number of images taken, and an orange upload button.

  8. Tap on the upload button. 

  9. Leave the app open until the numbers count backward and the upload button disappears. (This process can take a while, depending on the number of images captured.)

  10. That's it!!


Photo-taking Tips

  • Stand to the side to avoid casting a shadow.

  • If possible, remove weeds, grass, or other debris that may block gravestone information. 

  • Be sure the entire names and dates are inside the photo frame. (First names and surnames.)

  • If the grave has multiple sides link each side together. (See Below)

  • Make sure there are no more than 10 names in any photo. 

  • Keep in mind that these photos are for family searches. If names and dates are obscured, the information can't be transcribed, which will make the grave hard for researchers to locate.

Linking Photos with the BillionGraves App 

If a gravestone has data on more than one side (for example, parents on one side and children on the other side) there is a way to link them together. After taking the first photo, a chain icon will appear on your screen. Once this appears, click on the icon and it will link the previous photo that you have taken with the next photo in the series. Repeat for each photo you desire in a series. 

You can use this linking feature for obelisks that have data on four sides. You can also use it to link a large gravestone with a family surname on it to nearby smaller gravestones with the family members' first names on them. 

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