Billing itself as the world’s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data, BillionGraves invites users to contribute to its ambitious goal using a free app. Even if you don’t, you can easily search others’ uploads. A “Plus” upgrade ($54.99 annually) lets you check family and neighboring plots and get notifications of additions.
Maybe the solution to your pedigree puzzle lies in this site’s tales of outlaws and pirates or records of prisons, courts, executions and insane asylums. You’ll find these “black sheep” here in links and lists for the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Going beyond volunteer efforts, this 20-year-old site adds cemetery and other death records from fraternal groups, historical societies and government data. Check the advanced search tips to unlock the site’s powerful finding abilities.
New York state death indexes, New Jersey marriages, post-1920 Missouri births and New York City marriages are just the latest success stories from this nonprofit public-records advocacy group. It liberates records—more than 25 million so far—using freedom of information laws and open-data requests.