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>]]


[[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
{{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 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.)


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

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

posted by Anne X