BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest has officially begun!


Week #2

Happy Hump Day, BillionGravers! Why is today so great? Is it because the work week’s half over? Or because today we come out with our second clue for the BillionGraves Golden Egg Contest?! I hope it’s the latter because we’ve got a good clue for you today.

First off, we had AMAZING participation in our first week of the Egg Hunt. We had 17 Egg submissions from all over the world. Thanks for helping us kick off this promotion with a bang! Now, get ready for another week of Egg hunting!



Here’s today’s clue:

On this day (April 9), NASA introduced the United States’ first astronauts to the world. These old test pilots would participate in Project Mercury, America’s first manned spaceflight program. Known as the “Mercury Seven”, these men were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. This program was pivotal in the Space Race, as it helped prove technology, develop new and innovative systems, and provide crucial information and experience that would lead man to the moon by the end of the 60’s.



The clue: What was the date (day, month and year) that NASA introduced the Mercury Seven astronaut team to the world?  

Hint: The year for this week’s Egg Hunt clue can be found in the video below.

Remember to follow all the guidelines and rules to qualify for the challenge each week! A quick refresher on the basic rules:

  • The clue will be for a specific date (day, month AND year) of a significant moment in national or global history that you will need to find on a headstone between the Wednesday and Sunday (12:00 AM GMT) of that week.
  • If you find a headstone with the special date (day, month AND year), you’ve found a BillionGraves Easter Egg!
  • Take a picture and upload it to BillionGraves through the mobile application
  • Copy and paste the URL into the comments section of this Blog post.


For a full recap of all the rules check them out HERE!


  • 1 egg winner per person per week. Multiple submissions will aid in the chance of getting the Golden Egg.
  • Submissions must be attached to this blog post in it’s full form. No other hyperlink other than of a new record will be accepted.
  • Submissions of headstones will only be used if the full date is included on the inscription of the headstone. Unmarked graves or incomplete graves will not be included unless the actual original burial record (not just typed transcription of a burial index) is added to the record.


Check out our BillionGraves Facebook post today for our Bonus Question! Answer the question correctly and you could win an entry into the Golden Egg Hunt! -> HERE!

Every correct answer to the Bonus Question will qualify you for a raffle for one individual to be included in the Golden Egg contest. Only 1 entry per Facebook User. User MUST “like” the BillionGraves Facebook page to qualify.


Good luck, BillionGravers! Happy Egg Hunting!