WikiTree Cemetery Project Q & A

+16 votes
The WikiTree Cemetery Project is steaming along. In my own part of the world (Victoria and New South Wales in Australia) we have just completed transcribing our 58th cemetery! Several of the cemeteries have already had profiles created for all the graves as well as considerable ancestry researched and added. A particular shout out to Tess Cameron and Jeanne Pepper who have created thousands of profiles for the cemeteries project.

It is quite interesting to see the links between families and geographic areas while working on the cemeteries. We also learn a lot about history from the stories we come across.

The collaborative nature of WikiTree makes it particularly easy for people to get involved. You can do the whole lot of work on a cemetery, or just a little piece. Here are some tasks. You can do them all or just one of them.

* Photograph a cemetery

* Transcribe photos

* Create profiles (one or a thousand, it's up to you)

* Research ancestors of someone to add to the family

* Add sources

However you help, you will be adding to a great resource for the genealogy community.

Can you help? Let us know

Want to know more or have a question? Post a reply.
in The Tree House by Paul Bech G2G6 Mach 7 (72.6k points)

5 Answers

+4 votes

Hello Paul! I am interested in helping, have been reading on your project for a while, so impressive!! I plan to photograph a few very small cemeteries near my new town, once I start living there.

 I just followed some instructions to create a new cemetery sub-category, it seemed to work, but isn't showing on the county category page. Glad to ask a Texas person for help if appropriate.


by Elaine Martzen G2G6 Mach 8 (89.7k points)

Hi Elaine,

If you look on this page  and click cemeteries you will see it listed. However it probably should have been [[Category:Woodlawn Cemetery, Timpson, Texas]]

Although Good work.

Oh, I see, thank you! I believe I now fixed my error.... turns out there was already an entry for that cemetery for Timpson, though I hadn't seen it before since it wasn't under the cemeteries category, just under the county page. And I deleted the cemetery category I had made. Thanks again!

+4 votes

I have started categorising Derbyshire Cemeteries, took a few photos on our travels. I'll get back to Field of Mars when I get time.

by Julie Rourke G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)
+3 votes
I will volunteer for this -- Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. I seem to have lost the email that directed me to the instruction page, and I can't find it on WikiTree despite searching, so I will wait to hear from someone.
by Living Adam G2G5 (5.6k points)
+4 votes
What I find particularly interesting when photographing a cemetery, - is all the little stories you get.  Like from the little cemetery that I recently visited here in South Wales, where a lot of the stones told of people loosing their lifes in a big mining disaster. I have also come across small church yards, where you can see that a whole village lost most of their young children within a year or two, telling me there must have been a big epidemic crossing the area. Photographing cemeteries are quite rewarding for a curious soul  ;o)
by Joann Hanmer G2G6 Mach 1 (12.0k points)
+2 votes
I would love to help, too! I can't get out to cemeteries as often as I like, but if someone needs assistance with researching profiles, let me know!
by E Childs G2G6 Pilot (104k points)

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