My first experience with BillionGraves was on an uncharacteristically warm October afternoon with a boy whose dream vacation is driving to some ghost town’s forgotten cemetery to take pictures.

Let’s just say I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as he was.

But he swore that I would have the time of my life as we drove to the nearby cemetery to take pictures. I wanted to be a good sport, so I jumped out of the car and started on my assigned section with my borrowed smartphone.

What I thought was going to be a monotonous service project turned into an engaging experience where I got to use top-notch technology to make a lasting record of people’s lives. I was thrilled. It was so easy yet so meaningful!

I started reading all the beautiful epitaphs as I was taking pictures and imagining who these people could’ve been. Martha (1923-2003) married William in 1945…they must have been high school sweethearts!…but he passed away 20 years before she did…she must have been so lonely all those years! I wonder if she visited his grave often and decorated it… My almost-too-active imagination exploded with possible stories of the hundreds of people’s headstones I took pictures of.

And that is how I was bitten by the BillionGraves bug.

I’m Lisa and I have the privilege of being the new blogger for BillionGraves! I love writing about things I’m passionate about and I can’t wait to write about all the exciting things happening here at BillionGraves.

So tell me: how were YOU bitten by the BillionGraves bug? Email me your story at The person with the best story gets FREE BillionGraves Plus Account for one whole year! And who knows, maybe YOU will be the next person to be spotlighted on the BillionGraves blog!

I look forward to hearing from you and learning all about your BillionGraves adventures!

Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates coming soon!