Register here to join the Cemeterist Project! [closed]

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Cemeteries are among the most valuable of historic resources. They can serve as reminders of various settlement patterns, or they can reveal information about historic events, religions, lifestyles, and most importantly, our genealogy. Unfortunately, these cemeteries do not necessarily remain permanent reminders of our ancestors and past since they are subject to long-term deterioration, neglect, development activities and construction projects, and even vandalism and theft.

Through membership in the Cemeterist Project, volunteers are pledging to aid in the preservation of the world's cemeteries - serving as guardians of our history and heritage - by furthering the project's mission and goals:

  • photographing tombstones, markers, monuments, and memorials;
  • transcribing the data contained within these photographs to ancestor profiles;
  • ensuring that all duplicates are merged to the lowest number;
  • honor our ancestors by creating biographies that conform to the WikiTree Style Guide;
  • connecting profiles to the main WikiTree family tree;
  • finding and adding reliable sources for the profiles we create or edit (e.g., Birth, Marriage, and Death Records; Census Records;);
  • identifying and grouping these profiles through the use of relevant cemetery and regional categories; and
  • documenting the history of cemeteries through the use of free-space pages.

If you have any questions, or are looking for more information on what a cemeterist does, please see: Getting Started as a Cemeterist.

Otherwise, if you have your camera in hand and are ready to start working your local cemeteries - please submit your 'Answer' below and let us know what area you will be documenting cemeteries in! Answers without this information may result in longer processing times!

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Steven Harris G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
closed by Steven Harris
I would love to join and document Texas Bexar county and Bell County please.
Hi Shane,

Thank you for your interest in the cemeterist project. This thread is closed. Please go to https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1286163/register-here-to-join-the-cemeterist-project?show=1286163#q1286163 and click on the green Answer this Post radio button. You can sign up there and I will get back to you soon.

We're glad that you want to join us!

47 Answers

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I will do cemeteries in Douglas County of Colorado. I have one complete and will started another this summer. Will we have a report card like what we had before where cemetery names were reported with who was looking after it and the progress made to the goals you stated?  Like % photographed, % connected, % transcribed, etc...
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (213k points)
Hi Gurney, you are already signed up for the project.

I believe what you are referencing is the old Team Progress pages. In short, No, we are no longer using progress charts since the Cemeterist project is no longer working on a Team model. Using Categories and the related Cemetery free-space page, it is easy to identify how many profiles have been created and track ongoing work.
+10 votes
Yes, I'd like to document cemeteries in Lowndes County, Georgia, US.
by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 4 (41.1k points)

We have you added to the project now! If you need any additional information, please see the Getting Started Guide.

+10 votes
I will be documenting in Marietta and Roswell Georgia
by Kathleen Barnett G2G Crew (500 points)

We have you added to the project now! If you need any additional information, please see the Getting Started Guide.

+10 votes
Hello!

I would love to join the project! I live in Williamson county, Illinois and work in Franklin county, Illinois. I would work on any of the cemeteries found here!
by Sharrie Miller G2G Crew (740 points)

We have you added to the project now! If you need any additional information, please see the Getting Started Guide.

+10 votes
I will try working on cemeteries in Michigan.  Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer counties - I like to go out on dirt road drives and often see small, out of the way cemeteries.
by Melissa Maynard G2G1 (1.1k points)

We have you added to the project now! If you need any additional information, please see the Getting Started Guide.

+9 votes
Hi, I would like to join this project.

I document tombs of some of the WikiTree profiles that I manage (Mexico, Encarnación de Díaz, Jalisco) since some years ago and this project seemed very interesting to me.
by Sergio Muñoz G2G Crew (470 points)

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+9 votes

I'm currently working on Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, NSW, Blayney Cemetery, Blayney, NSW, Presbyterian Cemetery Richmond, NSW, Millthorpe Cemetery, NSW. Also have created categories and pages for Derbybshire Cemeteries,UK and yet to add photos.

by Julie Rourke G2G6 (9.9k points)

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I would be willing and able to assist with field research and documentation and/or transcription for cemeteries in New Castle County, Delaware or Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
by Erin Peters G2G2 (2.0k points)

Hi Erin, Do you want to work through a full cemetery from start to finish (takes photos, transcribe and create/upload to WikiTree profiles) or do you want to focus on a specific task (such as taking pictures, or transcribing to WikiTree profiles)?

If you let me know your preference, I can get you settled in. You can read more on the full cemetery experience here, or about the elements cooperative here.

I'm not super familiar with all the variables of WikiTree profiles yet, but I'd be fine with taking pictures and transcribing, then handing off to someone more proficient to enter the data.  Or, if I can take this slowly, I would be happy to use this as my time to become more proficient with the profiles.  I'm open to whatever you may need.  :)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+9 votes
Please add me to the new cemterist project.  I had been adding burials to my local Indiana pioneer cemeteries under the previous cemetery project. Since I started entering burials in the formal project, I created a small Access spreadsheet to include the project link and website link, name, city/town, county and state and findagrave cemetery link and cemetery number of all the burials I've added.  I can easily go back, copy and paste the cemetery coding link into every profile I come along that do not have a link already added.
by Pam k. G2G2 (2.0k points)
edited by Pam k.
We have you added to the project now!

I am curious about the 'cemetery coding link' you mention, can you provide an example?
Thanks for the reply, Steve - I was unable to past my format for my Access file so I sent it to you in a private message.
+8 votes
I'd like to join the project. Documenting and photographing cemeteries all over the state of Queensland, Australia.
by Nathan Johansen G2G3 (3.7k points)
+8 votes
I would like to join the Canada Cemetery Project, Atlantic Provinces.  I will try to fill in some cemeteries in Westmorland County, New Brunswick, and Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.
by Kathryn Jeffers G2G1 (1.2k points)

Hi Kathryn, I have you added you to the Project; however, please note that we do not have country-level or geographical divisions for teams. We are all one project :)

You can read more here: Getting Started as a Cemeterist

+7 votes
I'm willing to work with cemeteries in West Sonoma County, CA  USA.
by Tim Stoddard G2G Crew (410 points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+7 votes
I would love to join! I can do various cemeteries in Cincinnati, New England and Northern California

Spring Grove -Cincinnati

Pioneer -Cincinnati

Pillsbury Cemetery- Londonderry NH

Myles Standish - MA

Hillside Acre Pet Cemetery at Nevens Farm- Methuen Mass (not sure if ts allowed but its super cool)

Old Five Mile Church- Anderson Township, OH

Lone Tree- Hayward, Ca

Colma- San Francisco

Old St. Mary's- Springdale, OH

I travel alot and always find old ones to visit
by Lauren Ward G2G6 (7.3k points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+7 votes
Hello,

I would love to join the Cemeteries Project.  I am located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia Beach, VA. I am willing to document any profiles in my area code.

~Donna
by Donna Wilson G2G Crew (930 points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+8 votes
I will photograph and document in the Tallapoosa County, Alabama area.
by April Holdridge G2G1 (1.0k points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+7 votes
I am willing to do the Dadeville, Al area
by April Holdridge G2G1 (1.0k points)
+8 votes
I'm Lori Heath.  I do volunteer work for Wisconsin Gravestones for both Lafayette and Green counties both photos and transcripts.  I do cemetery mapping and everything else within the site including an Excel file.  I now share all data and research with 13 state and local projects. I've been listed on the Wisconsin state Historical Society Registry of Interested Persons for these 2 counties since 2017. I wound be honored to share all I have with this project as well including the additional sites I've surveyed which are Veteran memorials in Plover as well as a few pauper sites I've volunteered with such as Dane County Hospital and Home located in Verona.  I also border Grant and Iowa counties and am willing to take some requests.
by Lori Heath G2G Crew (440 points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+7 votes
i will upload and transcribe all photos in my collection and add more as i visit others
by Chris Riley G2G Crew (410 points)
+5 votes
I'd like to join Cemeterist project:

Of interest to me are the Downers Grove Main Street Cemetery in Downers Grove and the Lutheran Home Cemetery in Arlington Heights Illinois. I have already been working on the the Downers Grove Main Street Cemetery in WikiTree, already. My local genealogy society CAGGNI is working on a project to document The Lutheran Home Cemetery in FindAGrave and Billion Graves, so I will do the the WikiTree side of things for this project. Perhaps I can lasso some members to help on the WikiTree side of thing, also.
by Marty Acks G2G6 Pilot (120k points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

+6 votes
All Saint's Graveyard, Thelwall, Cheshire, England.
I'm co-coordinator on a project which has been documenting the older part of this graveyard and would like to add our research to the Cemeterist Project.
by Gwyneth Taylor G2G1 (1.3k points)

Welcome to the Cemeterist Project! 

We have added you to the membership roster for the location you are working on.  From this roster you will be able to easily find other members who are working in the same geographical area as you. 

You can also review the Getting Started Guide to learn more about what other project members are doing. 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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