Welcome to the Cemetery TRACKS program - where The Right Approach Creates Knowledge and Success!
This page was created in order to assist new members (Trackers) of the Cemeterist Project to familiarize themselves with the scope of the project and learn the processes and steps required to become an advanced WikiTree cemeterist.
Using a series of tutorials, combined with the assistance of a Caretaker, Trackers will navigate through the Cemetery TRACKS program and learn how to do the various processes used by cemeterists here on WikiTree, such as taking gravestone photos, adding photos to profiles, adding transcriptions, citing cemetery photos, sourcing supporting information (i.e., Birth, Marriage, Census, and Death records), properly categorizing cemeteries, creating cemetery free-space pages.
Caretakers: Steve Harris
What is a Caretaker?
A Caretaker is the person who will be working with you during your journey through the TRACKS program. Caretakers are experienced cemeterists or TRACKS graduates, and we are here to guide you, teach you, and generally help you along through your cemetery documentation journey. We are available to answer any questions you may have, or help with any problems you may encounter along the way.
- Upon joining the project, or for current project members by request, you will be assigned a Caretaker to guide you through the TRACKS program.
- Once your Caretaker is assigned, they will reach out to you and help setup your Tracker Sandbox where you can take your notes or record the output of certain process steps during this program.
- If you do not yet have your own cemetery images to work from, please check with your Caretaker! The program is best when worked from start to finish with a specific cemetery and images of gravestones from that cemetery. Your Caretaker can provide images and cemetery information to you as needed to assist in this program's process.
- You will work your way through each step, completing a series of tasks, working through as many repetitions of each task as needed until you and your Caretaker are comfortable in your abilities. You should only move to the next step in the process after receiving the OK from your Caretaker.
- Upon graduation from the program, you will be eligible for a Project Badge and will be ready to head off on your own cemetery journey in your local area.
- Those who complete the program, and would like to apply to become a Caretaker in order to help others through their cemetery journey should message Steve Harris.
TRACKS Program Processes
- Cemetery Categories
- Cemetery Free-Space Pages
- Profiles, Transcriptions, and Citations
- Supporting Sources
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
- Private Messages: Send a private message to the Profile Manager. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
- Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)