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How to Categorize Cemeteries

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One of the goals of the Cemeterist Project is to document the final resting place of our ancestors by placing cemetery categories on ancestor profiles. All profiles and cemetery free space pages should be categorized as part of the overall category structure for the project. The overall structure looks something like this:

This guide is designed to help you create a new cemetery category in a few simple steps, but feel free to post a comment below if you have any specific questions.

If you are not confident about creating a new category, click the "request a new category or advice" link that you will see next to the Edit Text box on the edit page of any profile. It's better to start a conversation with the Categorization Project and other advanced members than trying to do things alone.

Research First!

Cemetery naming is a very important step in creating a new category!

First, you want to find the current official name for the cemetery. This is the name that is shown on the cemetery website (if one is available), the cemetery signage located on the grounds (most common), or on locally registered historical societies (e.g., State Name> Historical Society in the United States or <County Name> Local History Society in England). If you are not sure where to look for official cemetery names, or are struggling with a particular cemetery, ask for assistance in G2G using the tag Cemeteries or you can check with other project members working in your area.

Note: FindAGrave can be a valuable research tool; however, the Cemeterist Project does not recognize all FindAGrave Cemetery Names as being correct. Always do your research first!

Next, you will want to find the exact location of the cemetery in <City/Town>, <State> or <County/Parish>, <State> format. The <County/Parish>, <State> format is applicable to cemeteries that are situated outside of City/Town boundaries or are situated in an unincorporated area of a County/Parish. This can be tricky for localities you are not intimately familiar with since many cemeteries will list their management address instead of their physical location. This is another area in which locally registered historical societies can be of great assistance.

Add the New Category

Once you have established the correct cemetery name and location, the next step is to create the category page. This can be done in a few different ways; however, the easiest way is to add the category tag to a qualified profile above the ==Biography== header, in the format:

[[Category:<Cemetery Name>, <City/Town>, <State>]]

or

[[Category:<Cemetery Name>, <County/Parish>, <State>]]

As an example, a new category for the fictional cemetery for Harry Potter’s parents could be as follows:

[[Category: St Jerome's Graveyard, Godric's Hollow, Somerset]]

Create the Category Content

Once you have added the category tag to a profile and saved the record, you will receive a warning that the category does not yet exist. Not to worry, we are going to add it! Go ahead and click 'Save Anyway', then go back to the profile view and scroll down to the Category links at the bottom of the page (or use the Category button to jump to the links). The category name should be displayed in red. Click on this link to open the category page.

On the new category page, we will add the CategoryInfoBox Cemetery template that helps us document all of the relevant/needed details of the cemetery. For example:

Name:Sterling-White Cemetery
(also known as Sterline White Chapel and Cemetery; White Cemetery)
Location:Category:Highlands, Texas
WikiTree Page:Space: Sterling-White Cemetery, Highlands, Texas
FindAGrave:1824712 map
Web page:https://www.sterlingwhite.com/
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project:Cemeterist Project
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags TEXAS CEMETERIES and CATEGORIZATION

In order to apply this template, you can copy/paste this code below and fill out the parameters as described :

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery
|name=
|aka=
|parent=
|location=
|coordinate=
|spacepage=
|findagraveID=
}}
{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery
|name= Name of the cemetery. Example: Sterling-White Cemetery
|aka= Optional. Other (also known as) names for the cemetery, separated by commas. Example: Sterling White Chapel and Cemetery, White Cemetery
|parent= Name of the lowest cemetery parent category that groups the cemeteries (usually a County/Parish category). Example: Harris County, Texas
|location= Name location category where the cemetery is located (typically a city/town/village). Example: Highlands, Texas
|coordinate=decimal coordinates, separated by a comma Example: 29.85611, -95.06150
|spacepage= Optional. Name of the associated cemetery Free Space Page without the 'Space:' prefix. Example: Sterling-White Cemetery, Highlands, Texas
|findagraveID= Optional. ID of the cemetery on FindAGrave website (the number in the URL of the cemetery). Example: 1824712
}}
Note: For additional parameters that are available, see the full documentation on Template:CategoryInfoBox Cemetery.

Once the CategoryInfoBox Cemetery template is added, click save. Your cemetery category is now created and ready for use! If you are adding a cemetery Free-space page, see Space:Cemetery Pages for guidance.





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I struggle with adding cemetery categories. Can someone make a category for this cemetery?

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/27969/cato-cemetery https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Boyd-22200 Thanks!

Hello Kathy,

I went ahead and added the Cato Cemetery category for you. In the future, you will use the following code: [[Category:Cato Cemetery, Greenbrier, Missouri]] ~~Marcine

The instructions don't mention how to use WikiTree BEE extension to build the category for a cemetery. Why not? Do you not recommend using the BEE?
posted by Laura (Huggins) Ward
I'd like to know the answer to this question as well.
posted by Jeff Ikeler
I would say that this is because at times, it is necessary to customize the cemetery category.

For example, if a cemetery no longer has burials , adding the to and from dates, or if the cemetery has multiple names, so you would manually fill in the aka names.

More than likely, it just hasn't been updated here. The moral of the story is you need to manually check the information. Just because FindAGrave lists a certain town, doesn't mean it's accurate.

posted by Lauren Millerd
Why am I not able to create a new cemetery? I formatted it like this, but do not get the option to create it.

[[Category:<McRae-Studstill Cemetery>, <Brooks>, <Florida>]]

posted by Melanie (Howard) Seago
Format it this way:

[[Category: McRae-Studstill Cemetery, Brooks, Florida]]

EXAMPLE:

The code you put above the Biography in the profile: [[Category: Sullivan IOOF Cemetery, Sullivan, Missouri]]

Then save the profile and at the bottom, in red, you will see the cemetery listed. It will ask you to "save anyway" - select that. Click on the red link.

You will get a new page to setup the cemetery. Use this format, replace with your new information, and copy/paste it into the new page. Save the page.

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery |name = Sullivan IOOF Cemetery |aka = IOOF Cemetery #156, Sullivan Community Cemetery, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Memorial Cemetery |parent = Franklin County, Missouri |project = Missouri Cemeteries |address = N Church St, Sullivan, Franklin, Missouri 63080 |location = Sullivan, Missouri |findagraveID = 240463 |spacepage= |billiongravesID = 313594 |coordinate = 38.2180099, -91.1619034 |address = N Church St, Sullivan, Franklin, Missouri 63080 }}

posted by Marcine (Amelung) Lohman
edited by Marcine (Amelung) Lohman
Not sure if this is correct, first time. why is location red?

Name: Kendall Family Cemetery Location: Category: Elmira, Braxton County, West Virginia, WikiTree+ Report: Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries Cemeteries Map: OPS Map WT+ Map Map: OpenStreetMap Google Map of Profiles: WikiTree+ Maps Project / Team: Cemeterist See also: Ask questions in G2G using the tags CEMETERIES and CATEGORIZATION Attached to Kendall-437.

posted by Sharon (Hosie) Withrow
Trying to add this cemetery. Not showing up in red to complete it

McRAe-Studstill Cemetery Brooks County, Georgia

Thanks in advance,

Melanie

posted by Melanie (Howard) Seago
Hello Cemeterist Project,

Would you please help me add the following Cemetery? Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you so much! Morgan


Name: Five Houses Cemetery
(also known as Five Houses Pioneer Cemetery
Oxner Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery?)
Location:Category: Five Houses, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:2760991 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .

posted by Morgan Campbell
You will be using [[Category:Five Houses, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada]] when you want to add someone to this cemetery.
posted by Marcine (Amelung) Lohman
edited by Marcine (Amelung) Lohman
I tried to add but I guess I did something wrong, I need this cemetery category added please
Name: Pleasant Hill Christian Church Old Cemetery
Location:Category: Gasburg Virginia
WikiTree page:Space: Space:Old Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:51687 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


I don't know if this is set up correctly https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Old_Pleasant_Hill_Christian_Church_Cemetery

posted by Teresa (Clary) Willis
edited by Teresa (Clary) Willis
if you haven't gotten assistance yet -- post the request to G2G Policy & Style section tagged with "cemeteries", then more people will see it
posted by Matt McNabb
It looks like Pleasant Hill Christian Church Old Cemetery has been setup. Use this category when you want to add someone to this cemetery:

[[Category:Pleasant Hill Christian Church Old Cemetery, Gasburg, Virginia]]

Does the cemetery project use the historical location of a cemetery or its currently recognized location?

For example, the Brushville cemetery in Waushara county, Wisconsin, was historically associated with the township of Brushville, which apparently no longer exists (although the cemetery is still active). The post office, and Google maps, associates the cemetery with Pine River, Waushara county, Wisconsin? Thanks.

posted by Jillaine Smith
I would like to propose a renaming/disambiguation of duplicate-looking cemetery categories:

1. Saint Josephs Cemetery, Emmitsburg, Maryland aka "Old Saint Joseph's Cemetery"

This one is in downtown Emmitsburg, next to a church at N Seton Avenue/E North Avenue (Google Maps: PM4F+4H Emmitsburg, Maryland)

2. St. Joseph's Cemetery, Emmitsburg, Maryland

This one is next to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Seton, which is south of town. (Google Maps: MMWC+VV Emmitsburg, Maryland)
posted by L Bubniak
edited by L Bubniak
I would like to add another Cemetery.
Name: Yeakel Cemetery
(also known as Hans Heinrich Yeakel Burial Ground)
Location:Category: Palm, Pennsylvania
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:2266079 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


Thanks,

Susie

posted by Susanna Yeakel
edited by Susanna Yeakel
Susie,

If you are not sure how to setup a cemetery, you can go here and see how the other cemeteries are setup: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Montgomery_County%2C_Pennsylvania%2C_Cemeteries. When I get stuck, I go to the county and then check how the other cemeteries are setup and just use their format. If you need to check on another state use this link: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:United_States%2C_Cemeteries.

This also gives you a list to see if your cemetery is already listed. Here are how your requested cemeteries have been setup. I didn't do it - someone else did.  :-)

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery |name=Yeakel Cemetery |aka=Hans Heinrich Yeakel Burial Ground |parent= Montgomery County, Pennsylvania |location= Palm, Pennsylvania |coordinate= 40.43812, -75.52493 |findagraveID= 2266079}}

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[Category:Yeakel Cemetery, Palm, Pennsylvania]] .

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery |name= Hosensack Schwenkfelder Cemetery |parent= Montgomery County, Pennsylvania |location= Palm, Pennsylvania |coordinate= 40.43824, -75.51736 |findagraveID= 2265918 }}

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[Category:Hosensack Schwenkfelder Cemetery, Palm, Pennsylvania]] .

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery |name= Palm Schwenkfelder Church Cemetery |parent= Montgomery County, Pennsylvania |location= Palm, Pennsylvania |coordinate= 40.42950, -75.53600 |findagraveID= 46304 }}

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[Category:Palm Schwenkfelder Church Cemetery, Palm, Pennsylvania]] .

You may have figured it out by now, but just in case you haven't, I thought I'd give you some examples to help. Enjoy! Marcine

I would like add 2 more cemeteries
Name: Yeakel Schwenkfelder Cemetery
Location:Category: Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:2406464 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


Thanks,

Susie

First I put Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, but it came up red. Then I typed Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. It's still red. What's wrong?

posted by Susanna Yeakel
edited by Susanna Yeakel
I am back.

I would like to add

Name: Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery
(also known as Upper Milford Evangelical Cemetery)
Location:Category: Zionsville, Pennsylvania
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:2211396 map
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


Did I post this correctly.

Thanks again.

Susie

posted by Susanna Yeakel
I'd like to add
Name: Northwood Cemetery
Location:Category: Emmaus, Pennsylvania
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:587280 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


Did I format it correctly? The address of this cemetery is 101 Harrison Street, Emmaus, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania 18049.

posted by Susanna Yeakel
edited by Susanna Yeakel
I have started to add a new cemetery through Rev. Nathaniel Walton Gossett (Gossett-1079). I am confused on how to do this as there is no link in the categorization instructions to start a cemetery at. The link I was directed to says "Edit not allowed. You are not allowed to execute the action you have requested". I then went to a YouTube tutorial on how to enter a cemetery on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpRTnD0ddBU&t=28s but I am unable to continue as how the video shows. Macedonia Cemetery's information for its category is as follows:

[[Category:<Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery>, <Brownsburg, Hendricks County>, <Indiana>]]

Name: Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery
(also known as Macedonia Cemetery)
Location:Category: Hendricks County
Address:10258 Wilson Road, Brownsburg IN 46112
WikiTree page:Space: Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:2142809 map
BillionGraves:260710
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .


Could you complete Macedonia's Cemetery Category for me?

posted by Pam k.
fixed. You have to use the tag [[Category:Cemetery Name, City/Town, State], using two brackets and not one.

Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
I'd like to add this cemetery but I'm not totally confident with doing so. I've got all the info and can use profile Cox-705.
Name:  Ambrose Cox Memorial Park
(also known as Irenia Mayberry Cox Cemetery)
Location:Category:  Indian Valley, Virginia
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave: 2295806 map
Cemeteries Map:OPS Map WT+ Map
Map:OpenStreetMap Google
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[]] .

Thanks! I went ahead and added it successfully, "how to" is confusing as to adding to upper categories.

posted by Dave Weppner
edited by Dave Weppner
I would like to add an additional Cemetery to the Cemetery Project in North American, United States, Wisconsin, Oconto County, Town of Breed. It is located on Hwy 22.

Name: "Union Free Cemetery" aka "Breed Cemetery". Address: Central Road, Breed, WI 54174 GPS: 45,07250, -88.42360 FAG Cemetery ID: 89406

posted by Bev Spreeman
Would someone please add Haselton Cemetery in Wilmington, Essex County, New York. The following is the link to the cemetery that is on the Wilmington Historical Society's website. According to the cemetery link, Haselton Cemetery is located "on Haselton Road, 2.3 miles from the junction with Rt. 86." There seems to be several hundred documented gravesites in Haselton Cemetery that have been well documented and photographed. Thank you!
posted by Lance Shumway
Could someone check the category I built for Crossroads Cemetery (see notes on category page)

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Crossroads_Cemetery%2C_Beccaria_Township%2C_Clearfield_County%2C_Pennsylvania

The village of Beccaria is an unincorporated village in Beccaria Township (townships in Pennsylvania are incorporated, have elected officials and government functions that towns have elsewhere. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beccaria_Township,_Clearfield_County,_Pennsylvania

I would be happy to edit /rebuild if needed Darryl

posted by Darryl Rowles
I am trying to add Little Falls Cemetery, Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin

I tried using just Amery or just Polk but I am not getting the red link at the bottom of the page. Olson-8252

Little Falls Cemetery Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA coordinates

45.27069, -92.42226

Find a Grave Cemetery ID: 2193630

posted by Sue (Morey) Carda
Could someone please add Fairview Cemetery in Grant County, Indiana. I don't believe it is a very big cemetery.
posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
I am trying to categorize my first cemetery and am a little unsure of the proper layout. This is what I think is the way:

“Category:Cemetery, St George, Cape Town,Western Province, South Africa” any advice would be a great help.

posted by Jan North
edited by Jan North
My bad! I have a typo in the Philipp Hartmann Family Cemetery in Gillespie Co. Texas. Can someone correct it to one L in Philipp (and yes its two pp's per the Texas Historical Marker at the site.)

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Phillipp_Hartmann_Family_Cemetery%2C_Gillespie_County%2C_Texas

I want to add a cemetery on Jersey in the Channel Islands but find no support structure in Cemeteries to attach it to. Could someone in administration please add Jersey and Guernsey to "Europe, Cemeteries" as Isle of Man (which is also a Great Britain Dependency) has been. Then I can add the Cemeteries needed. Thank you.
posted by Rebecca (Ewing) Peterson
edited by Rebecca (Ewing) Peterson
Thank you for these clear and complete instructions. They did work for me, after I fiddled with them a little. A few comments:

The first time, I pasted the format shown in the "Add the New Category" section onto the profile I was using to create the category from, and then filled in my information. I didn't realize that I wasn't supposed to include the angle brackets as shown (until nothing happened when I tried it that way).

Once I got my cemetery category created, then the town category shown on the cemetery category was in red, so I had to create the town category too. I got a warning that I was adding a category that had been previously deleted, but I added it anyway because I couldn't imagine what else to do or why the town shouldn't have a category.

When I pasted the CategoryInfoBox template into my cemetery category page, I didn't have information for all the lines shown ("aka," for example). I didn't know whether to delete them or just leave them there. As it turned out, I didn't have to delete anything, and the final result only showed the lines that I'd added information for.

It isn't an easy job to add a cemetery category, especially for someone (probably many of us) who doesn't do it regularly!

posted by [Living Kelts]
edited by [Living Kelts]
Oh my gosh! I've tried this twice now to add a cemetery category and messed it up both times. Is there a straightforward explanation of how to add a cemetery? I'd love to use the Cemetery {{}} but ...
posted by Geoffrey Hall
I'm not clear how to create a new cemetery on wt do I just click on this template? with the details? Thanks
posted by Anon (Cormack) Sharkey
https://www.cutchoguenewsuffolkhistory.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Old-Burying-Ground-Survey-2014.pdf

Has quite a list of graves in the Old Cutchogue Burying Ground, Suffolk, New York. 1700s-1800s

posted by Anne X