If a category for a location does not exist, can I create it?

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How does one do a basic  search to see if the location exist so as not to create unnecessary profiles pages that may already exists??
in Policy and Style by Maggie N. G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Chris Whitten
Just saw Chris's treatise on categorization of cemeteries as LOCATIONS so I do not create a category for cemeteries by itself in an organization unless  it's the records repository ??
Let me respond to your first question Maggie. There is no real search yet for looking for categories. There is an overall list of categories you can look at that is really long. Probably the simplest way to see if a location already exists is to do the following.

1. Go to http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:United_States_of_America

2. Navigate to state

3. Navigate to County

4. Look for  your location under the county heading, generally there will not be a further "drill down" beyond county.

If there is no location then yes you can create it. The simplest way to do it is probably as follows.

1. Enter an edit session on the profile you are interested in adding the category to.

2. In the body of the profile window you will enter the following (Note for some reason to get the category to work properly it should be placed above the ==Biography== line in the profile window):  [[Category:CITY, STATE]]. For instance to create a category for Titusville, Pennsylvania you would type [[Category:Titusville, Pennsylvania]] - this is also how you would add an existing category to a profile. The only exception to this is if in the same state more than one location has the same name, for instance there is a Troy Township in a least two different counties in Pennsylvania so in that instance the preferred format is [[Category:City, COUNTY, STATE]] or using our example [[Category:Troy Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania]].

3. Save your profile and navigate to the profile page. If the category does not exist the location will be in red under the category section or it will be in black if the category does exist .

4. If the location is red click on it. This will take you to the category you just created for this location. Now you just need to link it to something.

5. Click on "edit" on the right side of the page. Then in the text box type [[Category:COUNTY, STATE]] for our Titusville example [[Category:Crawford County, Pennsylvania]]

6. Hit save at the bottom and you should be done as all the other links from county are completed.

When you navigate back to you profile the location under the categories section should now be black.

If you have questions or problems please let me know and I will be happy to help. [[Chelton-4]]
If you are asking specifically about cemeteries things get a little less clear. There is still an active discussion about what to do about cemeteries, schools, etc. You can find it and please participate here: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project_talk:Categorization#Hierarchy_for_free-space_profiles_of_churches.2C_schools.2C_cemeteries.2C_etc.

My personal preference is to create a free space page for the cemetery, school, whatever and then place it in the proper location. I can point you to a couple examples of ones I have created.

One of the major discussions right now is whether to let cemeteries, schools, etc be categories as well so that it is easier to populate than adding people to a free space page. The jury is still out on that as you will see in the discussion thread. I hate to make this comment too long so I would suggest joining the discussion and/or contact me and I can offer some additional suggestions and/or examples.

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To see if there's already a category for a given place, go to http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Regions and from there click through continent, country, state/province, etc. to find the place you're looking for.

If you're talking about American cities/towns, all the counties have been created, but not very many cities and towns. Feel free to create ones that aren't there. Check out the guidelines for naming categories, first: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category_Names
by Liander Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (459k points)

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