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Results of our “Save our Graves” weekend

Posted by Jean-Yves on Oct 17, 2023

Many of you participated in our “Save or Graves” weekend, many thanks to all of you! Spotlight on this project and its participants around the world.

Tombstones and the names, dates, and other inscriptions on them will disappear someday. This is often sooner rather than later in Europe, where crowded cemeteries and churchyards lease expired grave plots to other families every day. To save this essential heritage and enable everyone to locate the tombs of ancestors, Geneanet launched in 2014 the “Save our Graves” project. The goal? To photograph the headstones and inscriptions on them, then to put them online at Geneanet where they are indexed and freely available to all. Thanks to you, more than 5 million graves have been saved!

Since together we are stronger, we asked you, from October 13th through 15th, to participate in our “Save our Graves” weekend. Thousands of you answered our call, and more than 152,000 photos of graves from France, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and more were uploaded to Geneanet. Bravo and thank you to all of our participants!

Special thanks to m2javorn1 from Slovenia, to chateau17 from France, to ogueydavidgmailcom from Switzerland, to colibri75 from Belgium, to bonuseventus from Spain, to woorspronk from Netherlands, to muelleran from Austria, to mseiberling from Denmark, to rbrauers from Germany, to lindarudholm from Sweden… for their participation!

Cemetery list by country

Were you unable to participate last weekend? Rest assured, the project continues throughout the year. This page has the the relevant information:

You can also, from your home, participate in indexing uploaded grave photos, by selecting “Graves” in our collaborative indexing tool:

If you are an active participant in the “Save our Graves” project, or if you have made a major discovery thanks to it, let us know in the comments, mentioning where you have been taking photos.

Perhaps you haven’t previously participated in “Save our Graves”? Watch our video about it:


My grandfather is listed as in the Roman Catholic Cemetery which is wrong. Einar Jon Magnusson is buried in the Icelandic Lutheran Cemetery, with his wife, my grandmother, Olof Jorunn Magnusson. My grandfather died in October 23, 1963 and grandmother in April 15, 1983.

Answer from Geneanet: We aren’t sure which cemetery you mean, as these names appear to not be indexed. Do you have a link? What country is the cemetery in? Post in our forum please!

Many expats are found in Menton on the French south coast. The aim was to recover from TB. Many British people are buried there. Seen in the last century…

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