Categorization at Wikitree is a method to group profiles or things. Profiles, both for people and things can be assigned to a category. Things might be a business or a cemetery.
Note: This discussion is for the United States, similar material is needed for other countries. The idea that smaller categories fit into larger categories, the hierarchy of categories, is the same for all; but the naming conventions vary by country. At Wikitree we use the local naming conventions.
One of the most basic groups is that of regions: villages, towns, townships, counties, parishes, states, countries, regions. Understanding this hierarchy makes it easier to use categories properly.
Wikitree practice is that profiles should be categorized as narrowly as possible, that is in the lowest level category that fits.
Q. My ancestor lived in lived in Knoxville, Pennsylvania but is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, what is the low level category?
A. They both are. How is that possible? Regions and Cemeteries have two separate but parallel hierarchies. Following are diagrams for Regions and Cemeteries. Under regions, a town or village will usually be the lowest level category, and your ancestor’s profile should be included here. The cemetery itself is the lowest level in the Cemeteries hierarchy, and your ancestor's profile should also be included in the Cemetery.
Here is how the categories for the two work, and you can see that they parallel each other:
>Category: Pennsylvania, which is part of:
>Category: United States of America, which is in:
>Category: North America, which is one of the:
>Category: Regions (of the world)
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas:
>Category: United States Cemeteries which is included in:
>Category: North American Cemeteries, which is included in:
>Category: Cemeteries (of the world)
For help using categories check out the Global Cemeteries and Categorization Projects.
Still need help? Ask G2G – be sure to include the categorization or cemeteries tag
Members of the Global Cemeteries Project and the Categorization Project
have worked together to set up the cemeteries and provide instructions for new members.