Ea­gle Scout Project look­ing for vol­un­teers with smart phones

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Boy Scout Troop 1829 Life Scout Tim Weibell has ap­proval to do a unique Ea­gle Scout Project, start­ing at 9 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13, at the Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery in Cen­tre­ville.

“This project has been done in other places around the na­tion,” Tim said. “It’s about help­ing peo­ple be able to do re­search work for their per­sonal fam­ily his­tory.”

Tim needs vol­un­teers to come to the ceme­tery that morn­ing with fully charged smart­phones to take pho­tos of in­di­vid­ual head­stones of each grave marked in the ceme­ter y.

“This is part of an app called Bil­lionGraves,” Tim said. “The app will record the GPS lo­ca­tion along with the photo of the head­stone. This project will mean a lot to many peo­ple who want to find the graves of their an­ces­tors. It will be of great value to those try­ing to know about the peo­ple who came be­fore them.”

The in­for­ma­tion from each head­stone can be up­loaded into a mas­sive fam­ily his­tor y data­base from the vol­un­teers phones. That in­for­ma­tion will be used by peo­ple re­search­ing their fam­ily his­to­ries any­where they live in the na­tion.

Tim has re­ceived per­mis­sion to ac­knowl­edge ser­vice hours to stu­dents who need such hours to­ward their grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments for help­ing with the Ea­gle Project.

Ch­ester­field Ceme­ter y opened in the 1840s for the town of Cen­tre­ville.

When vol­un­teers ar­rive, they will be as­signed a cer­tain row of marked graves to pho­to­graph with their Smart phone.

Ea­gle Scout Projects must have prior ap­proval from the Area Boy Scout Coun­cil and must be deemed wor­thy to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

The rain date for this event will be the fol­low­ing Satur­day, Oct. 20.

Tim can be con­tacted via his per­sonal email at timweibell@gmail. com.

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