Transcribe Tips

Have you ever worked in the Transcribe community queue and helped others transcribe headstone photos? This is how it works. When headstone photos are uploaded and seven days have passed without transcription, the photos are then available to the Find a Grave® community to transcribe. It’s amazing to see you volunteer your time and efforts to help each other. We’ve put together some tips that will help when transcribing photos. Check them out at Transcribe Tips on our Help site.

You can access the Transcribe community queue by selecting the Transcribe icon from the menu in the upper right corner. The green number there means that photos that can be checked out and transcribed.

A big thank you to everyone for helping each other and being part of the Find a Grave community.


  1. Combining with Find A Grave plus several subscriptions to newspaper archives unlock the secrets of the past and provides a wealth of information about people so long ago forgotten. Every time I fill in the facts of the life and family of a dead person it makes me feel great! Even though I never knew them or their family.

    • Always start with last name, first initial. Then work up from that point. Usually less is more in searching. If you do know the city, county and state, that is usually most helpful as names can be common.

  2. I have transcribed hundreds of graves in the Riverina area of NSW long before digital cameras.The typed copies are in Wagga Wagga Family History Society and Riverina Archives of Charles Sturt University. As many of the graves I did were on properties they may not be there now so the transcriptions are worth a look.
    Permanent Addresses Australians Down Under by Rabbi Brasch also includes graves in the Riverina.
    Ruth Lewis

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