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Cemetery Challenge

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For a list of Current and Upcoming Cemetery Challenges, see the 2023 Cemetery Challenge Calendar,
or view all community challenges at Help:Calendar.


What are Cemetery Challenges?

Cemetery Challenges are monthly challenges that are aimed at furthering the tasks and goals of the Cemeterist Project. These challenges are open to all WikiTree members, and you do not have to be a badged member of the project to join in on the fun!

Periodically, we will challenge users to participate in one of the following challenges:


Connectors Challenge

Supporting the Year of Accuracy, the Cemeterist Project has launched a new Connectors Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to help connect the (currently 110,000+) unconnected cemetery profiles to the main tree. Just like the Connect-A-Thon, the scoring is very simple:
  • Each time you add a new non-living family member (parent, spouse or child) to any existing profile, you earn a point. New profiles must have at least one valid source.
For scoring purposes it doesn't matter if any profiles are connected to the global tree or not. Every missing family member we add increases the chances of connecting people.

Photographer's Challenge

The goal of the Photographer's Challenge is to add gravestone photographs to existing profiles.
  • The profile should not already have a gravestone photo;
  • All photographs must be original – either taken by you personally, or photos that you have permission to use (make sure to provide attribution (see examples); and
  • A source must be added to the profile for the gravestone image (see examples).
Points: Each existing profile on WikiTree that you add a gravestone image to counts as 1 point.

Transcriber's Challenge

The goal of the Transcriber's Challenge is to transcribe gravestone photographs in order to create new WikiTree profiles.
  • The profile should not already exist on WikiTree (be sure to check for duplicates);
  • All photographs must be original – either taken by you personally, or photos that you have permission to use (make sure to provide attribution (see examples)); and
  • A source citation and the gravestone image must be added to the profile (see examples).
If you do not have your own images to work from and would still like to participate, please check the Cemeterist Project Elements Cooperative page for a listing of current photos that are in need of transcription!
Points: Each new profile added to WikiTree that is transcribed from a gravestone photo counts as 1 point.

Example Attribution and Source Citation

Image Attribution:
Photo courtesy of [[Example-6|John Example]],, CC BY 2.0
Gravestone Image Source Citations:
Evergreen Cemetery (New York, New York, USA). Joe and Jane Doe's headstone. Personally photographed by [[Example-6|John Example]], Jun 2015.
Monumental inscription. Cemetery name, place name. Monument death date as inscribed. (b. date as inscribed) LAST NAME inscribed, given name. Photographed by: [[Wiki-ID|Name]]: date photo taken.

Collector's Mini-Challenge

The goal of the Collector's Mini-Challenge is to categorize profiles in the applicable cemetery category. For more information on how to categorize cemeteries, see How to Categorise Cemeteries and Category:Cemeteries.
Points: Each profile that you add a cemetery category to counts as 1 point.

Sourcing Challenge

The goal of the Sourcing Challenge is to source profiles that have been added to a cemetery category or otherwise list cemetery interment information, but are unsourced. For a listing of profiles needing your help, see the Unsourced Cemetery Profiles page.
Points: Each cemetery-related profile that is sourced counts as 1 point.

Challenge Winners

At the end of each challenge, the participant with the most points will be awarded the coveted Cemetery Challenge Winner Badge!

Here are the winners of previous challenges:

Past Year Challenge Schedules

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