Virtual Cemeteries on FindAGrave - not a question

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What is a Virtual Cemetery on FindAGrave? It is a collection of memorials created by a user. These can be grouped by family members, locations, etc. While it is nice for those users to quickly access certain memorials, the links for those should not be on WikiTree. It is preferable to put the person's actual memorial link/source on the profile.

Note: Not all virtual cemeteries are public; therefore you can not see all virtual cemetery memorials. Some people are moved around within a persons categories, and the link would be no good even if it were a public virtual cemetery.
asked in Genealogy Help by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (162k points)

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A virtual cemetery is created by a use to hold a list of specific memorials that they are interested in. As an example, I have virtual cemeteries where I note memorials I find for my maternal side and for my paternal side, regardless of location.
answered by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (496k points)

Yes Lynda, they can be grouped by maternal ancestors or a location (such as a specific parish) or whatever grouping the user desires. I have several on my own FindAGrave account.

The problem with using those is as stated above. Not only are they not always visible, but the links on WikiTree are often as such:

While some prefer not to use FindAGrave as a source, or tool; others would like to be able to see the memorial, and check for a headstone.

Can't find that person on FAG
That was the point Aaron ;)  Someone put her in their Virtual Cemetery. The memorial itself is not found. Here is an example of a Virtual Cemetery:

And here is a private one:
Maybe things have changed with the new site, but isn't a memorial required before you can place it in a virtual cemetery? Removing the memorial  should also remove it from the virtual cemetery.
Yes it is, Aaron. But by listing only the Virtual Cemetery, we can't see if the person's memorial is there. With Ancestry making changes to FindAGrave, we are having troubles locating some of the memorials. If we had the original memorial number/link - we 'might' be able to find it now.

At any rate - their memorial is an individual record - this is what should be listed as the source. The same way you wouldn't put 'my desk' or 'Will Book A' (with no page or location) as a source.

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