Project: Texas Cemeteries
The goals of the Texas Cemeteries Project are to:
- document the locations and historical background information of cemeteries within our state;
- place the profiles of our deceased ancestors with known burial information into the properly categorized cemeteries in which they were interred; and,
- use the information obtained from cemetery surveys (photographic and data gathering expeditions) as a starting point for creating new profiles for those of our ancestors for whom profiles have not yet been created on WikiTree.
Our "Cemeterists" seek to document the lives and times of our ancestors interred here for the benefit of all genealogists and family historians.
The current leaders of the Texas Cemeteries Project are David Selman and Charlie Vines , under the direction of our U.S. Cemeteries Project Leader, Lisa R. Franklin. Feel free to contact Charlie, David or Lisa with any questions you might have regarding the project. If you have reviewed the introductory information found on our Global and U.S. Project pages, and you're ready to join us, please do the following:
- Contact Lisa and request that you be awarded a "Cemeterist" badge;
- Add the word "cemeteries" to your list of followed tags;
- Add your name to the list of participants below, along with a brief introduction, a note about how you plan to contribute to the project. If you will be assisting in other states, or wish to provide notice that you will be inactive due to a vacation or other commitment, please note those here as well;
- Add categories to your personal profile that will categorize you as a member of the Global Cemeteries Project, the United States Cemeteries Project and/or the state cemeteries project(s) that you are interested in participating in. If a cemeteries project category has not yet been set up for your state, feel free to create one, or contact a project manager or leader; and finally,
- If you haven't already been invited, contact a project manager or leader and request an invitation to join the project’s Google+ Community. This is where many of our members discuss topics of interest and share link and stories about cemetery projects that they have started...or finished!
Listing of Current Participants
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- The Garden of the Saints Columbarium is a relatively new location for the remains of loved ones in Round Rock, Texas. It is part of the First United Methodist Church of Round Rock, Texas. I have photographed the existing plaques for use on WikiTree and eventually Find AGrave. I will eventually work on other cemeteries in Williamson County, Texas.
- The historic Bethel Cemetery is quite close to my residence. I plan to take my walks there and photograph the cemetery, and its headstones, for use on Wikitree and FindaGrave.com
- Jason Crews - Insert bio and planned project activities here
- I am currently working on American Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Dallas County, Texas, USA.
- Currently working connecting the people of Grassyville Cemetery and Bartlett City Cemetery with profiles and place of origin, showing whether they migrated from another country. Also connecting those in the Hempel Name Study to their ancestral home.
- Steven Harris - Newcomer to the project.
- I will be working on a few local Harris County cemeteries.
- I am going to take a picture of every headstone at the Independence Cemetery on the outskirts of Bedias, Texas. If I figure out how to make a page for that cemetery I will begin adding the pictures and names.
- Thank you for adding me. I can add a great deal of information on the Dallas County, Tarrant County, Hill County and Johnson County cemeteries. The smaller rural family cemeteries are my favorite to search for and document.
- Jerri Littau - Insert bio and planned project activities here
- County Host for Collin County
- I can work on the Weches cemetery in Houston county and the Cedarvale cemetery in Kaufman county.
- I am currently working on creating category pages for all Harris County cemeteries and working on photographing more of the Harris County cemeteries.
- County Host for Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties
- Has created the page for Long Prairie Cemetery also known as "Alligator Cemetery" in Navarro County, Texas just south of Kerens, Texas. Have taken some photo's and will continue this, need to edit picture size before adding to page. Have a list of all the persons buried and working to add the list through 2003 for now.
- I can work on the Glenwood cemetery in Upshur county, Texas to start. Once a sub category is made for it, I will begin adding the category to profiles of those buried there. I am willing to help out where I can.
- Focused on Denton County cemeteries. Has an extensive photo archive for Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth, Tarrant County for a previous project.
- The following counties are completed (meaning Categories have been created): Atascosa, Bee, Bell, Hidalgo, Karnes, Webb, Zapata, Navarro, Ellis.
- The following counties are in progress - Bastrop, Brewster, Brooks, Cameron, Coryell, DeWitt, Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Kinney, Kleberg, Gonzales, Goliad, Guadalupe, Matagorda (cemeteries are listed on the *:Space: Matagorda County, Texas Page), Maverick, McLennan, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Refugio, Starr, Victoria. Ellis
- David Selman Member of the Texas County Project, created the Navarro County, Texas Page and the Ellis County Texas page.
Please see our Progress page for a listing of cemeteries within our state for which surveys are completed or are in progress. We're just getting started, but we hope to get some help and grow the list soon! Always check here first before starting on a cemetery you haven't worked on yet. Someone may have already initiated a survey, created a page or even completed work on that same cemetery, and we don't want anyone to find that out after it's too late.
Creating Category Pages and Free Space Pages
One of the first and most confusing things new members run into on WikiTree is creating new profiles and categories. It's kind of like learning a new language, but not that bad. Remember, "cut and paste" is your friend! If you see a page you like, click the "edit" link in the upper right corner of the page, copy whatever text and coding you want, then paste it into a new page and start editing! Using the cut and paste method also makes it easier to follow the page naming conventions agreed upon by members of WikiTree's Categorization Project. In the case of Texas cemeteries, as well as all other U.S. states and territories, both category pages and free space pages are to be created using the following format:
If you clicked on the link, you probably noticed that you were taken to a page that said, "You've followed a link to a page or category that doesn't exist yet." That's because the link was created just to show how a category page is named. You'll also notice that the link is highlighted in red. When you see that, you'll know that the link leads to a page that hasn't been properly set up yet. Below are several examples of properly labeled Florida cemetery category and free space page links that will take you to real, working pages:
- [[Category:Gapway Cemetery, Lakeland, Florida]]
- [[Category:Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida]]
- [[Space:Gapway Cemetery, Lakeland, Florida]]
- [[Space:Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida]]
So, now that you've mastered page naming and become a Cemeterist, your next question might be, "Why is it necessary to create both a category page AND a free space page for each cemetery...doesn't that just make more work and more confusion?" The short answer is "No." On the contrary, one of the best things about WikiTree is that you can have both substance and structure. In other words, you can have your cake, and find it, too!
Categorization is the key to keeping things organized within our system in a logical way. Without categories, you'd have trouble finding anything with ease, and that would only get worse as the community continues to grow. Fortunately, the hard-working members of our Categorization Project have already laid out a set of standards (a road map, if you will) that allows WikiTreers to easily navigate through thousands of categories and millions of personal profiles.
As the name implies, top-level and mid-level category pages serve to group together categories that are logically associated with each other. For our purposes, this means cemeteries within the U.S. are subdivided by state, cemeteries within each state are classified by county, and cemeteries within each county are sub-categorized by the local municipalities (city/town/village) in which they are located. Each individual (or bottom-level) category page, regardless of type, also provides a listing of all of the personal and free space profiles (or pages) that have been associated with it. An example of a bottom-level category page for a cemetery located in Florida can be viewed here.
Note that in this particular case (which is the most typical scenario), the category label include the cemetery name, the municipality in which it is located, and the state in which it is located, with commas between each. Since most states do not allow two different municipalities to use the same name, there usually isn't a need to include the county name in the label for a particular cemetery. There are, however, occasional exceptions, and in those cases, the county name should be included in the label. Most of these exceptions occur when cemeteries are located in rural areas. In these instances, the Cemeterist should use their best judgement to label the category in a way that is most helpful in leading people who are unfamiliar with the local area to the site, and the county name should always be included. One of the most helpful inclusions might be the name of the roadway on which the entrance to the cemetery is located. In most states (Florida being one of the notable exceptions), townships are another descriptive term that can be used. See the following examples:
The primary reason for including this additional descriptor is that it's not all that uncommon to have two cemeteries with the same name in the same county. If you have two cemeteries named "Mount Calvary" in the same county, the additional descriptor helps to distinguish between the two, but even if there isn't a second one with the same name, it still makes it easier for people to locate the place on a map.
As good as they for keeping thing organized, category pages are very limited in what they are able to display, and that's where free space pages come in. A free space page is the place where the "meat" of our information regarding a specific cemetery will be displayed. Here, you might find a descriptive narrative of the cemetery's history, a map or directions, contact information, links to pages about that cemetery on other websites and most importantly, a table of interments.
Generally speaking, a cemetery won't have a free space page until a photographic or data-gathering survey has been initiated. Once information becomes available and a table of interments begins to take shape, you'll see a sortable listing of persons buried within that cemetery, along with a variety of data that might include birth dates, death dates, ages, relationships and, hopefully, photographs and GPS coordinates for each grave site. In order to preserve the structure associated with categories, free space and category pages should be cross-linked so the either one can be easily referred to from the other page. In addition, the labeling of free space pages should follow the same format as that described above for category pages. A good example of a beginning layout for a Florida cemetery free space page can be found here.
- Texas Cemeteries - The mid-level category page for cemeteries located within the State of Texas. Subcategory listings for each of the state's 254 counties are provided here.
- Progress - A second link to our progress page, showing a listing of cemeteries within the state for which surveys are completed or are in progress.
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