Find-A-Grave Beta Testing Uploading Untranscribed Photos

Update: The waiting period is not working at the moment. (Last updated 17 October 2014)

Added my first impressions on this blog post: http://upsdownsfamilyhistory.com/2014/10/first-impressions-find-a-grave-upload-untranscribed-photos 

New update from Find-A-Grave. Upload untranscribed photos. This a huge step forward as having to transcribe a memorial before uploading it has been one of the main reasons why people have not uploaded more photos to Find-A-Grave. This new option makes uploading fast and easy. It also gives the uploader the choice to transcribe them or allow others to transcribe them. I am doing a test run on photos and memorials haven’t added to Find-A-Grave and see how it compares to the old system. Good to see Find-A-Grave is continuing to adopt items from #BillionGraves.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=listFaqs#189

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

For now, you have to enable it daily if you want to take part. You will need to use the Enable feature every day and from every browser you use. I enabled it in Firefox, but when I switched to Dragon, I had to enable it again. The person uploading the photo will be the memorial manager if a new memorial is created, but the person transcribing the photo will be given credit if it is a different person than the uploader.

http://www.findagrave.com/enable-beta

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

You can see the link at the bottom of the Find-A-Grave main page.

You have seven (7) days to transcribe any photos you upload before they are thrown open for anybody to transcribe. The system looks for possible duplicates and will merge photos if it find duplicates. This is a great feature.

It also allows uploads of multiple photos at one time. The first two screenshots were taken a month ago when I stumbled on the beta by accident. After asking about it on Find-A-Grave’s Facebook page, they removed it. The third screenshot is the location of the beta.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 September 2014.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 September 2014.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 September 2014.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 September 2014.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

You will need to use the Enable feature every day and from every browser you use. I enabled it in Firefox, but when I switched to Dragon, I had to enable it again.

After allowing it, you may see this on the main page if there are transcriptions available.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Clicking on the transcriptions brings you to this page:

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

You can rotate the image, zoom in or out, or flag the image. There is an Add More Details option. It adds several more fields to transcribe. In this case, there were several McGinty memorials already in the cemetery and you could choose one of those if the headstone was for one of them.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

Accessed on Find-A-Grave on 05 October 2014.

It’s not obvious, but once you add at least a last name, the Add Another Person option becomes available. In this case, the headstone has several names listed.

I don’t know what happens if the maximum number of photos has been reached and you add one. Will update once I find out.

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One Response to Find-A-Grave Beta Testing Uploading Untranscribed Photos

  1. Pingback: First Impressions Find-A-Grave Upload Untranscribed Photos | Ups and Downs of Family History

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