According to an announcement by BillionGraves as well as MyHeritage, all of Israel’s cemeteries have been completely digitized.
All of Israel’s cemeteries have now been completely digitized with the BillionGraves application, as announced by BillionGraves’ partner, MyHeritage on March 2, 2019.
With this announcement, Israel has become the first country in the world to document nearly all of its gravestones. This incredible achievement is the culmination of five years of persistence and hard work.
History of the Goal in Israel
In February of 2014 BillionGraves and MyHeritage partnered to take on the initiative to document the world’s cemeteries. At the outset of the project, Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of the genealogy network MyHeritage said,
MyHeritage’s announcement about the complete documentation of Israel’s cemeteries revealed the following:
- 2.1 million photographs were taken using the BillionGraves app
- more than 1 million dollars was invested by MyHeritage in the project
- 638 cemeteries were documented
Rocks and flowers are placed in remembrance on gravestones in Israel.
To read the full announcement by MyHeritage about the completion of the documentation of Israel’s cemeteries click here.
Click here to read a BillionGraves blog post with details about the crowd-sourced BillionGraves and MyHeritage joint 2014 initiative to digitize the world’s cemeteries.