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Instructions for New African-American Cemetery

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US Black Heritage Cemetery project is a sub-project of the US Black Heritage Project.

Please keep the landing pages for the categories clean. There should be no more than a sentence or two added about the cemetery, if needed, in addition to what you will copy/paste from below. If you want to share additional information, please create a space page.


African-American Cemetery Categories

Once the person profile is created, add the cemetery category to their profile above the Biography heading to indicate the location of the graveyard. If the cemetery category does not exist, you will need to create it.

  1. Check to determine if the cemetery category already exists by clicking the category icon and typing the cemetery name.
  2. If the category already exists, click on the name and the category is added to the profile.
  3. If the category is not in the list, you will need to create a new category. Cemetery naming is a very important step in creating a new category!
[[Category:<Cemetery Name>, <City/Town>, <State>]]


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

  1. Click Save Changes. You will receive a warning that the category does not yet exist.
  2. Click Save Anyway. Once you save the profile, the cateory will be red, indicating the category needs to be created.

Create a New African-American Cemetery Category

Creating a category African-American Cemetery is like the process defined in the Guidelines with a few exceptions.

As of August, 2023, v.32.14.4 [ https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:WikiTree_BEE#Find_A_Grave] officially supports creation of USBH cemeteries from Find A Grave. There are three additional parameters in the category info box we use for African-American Cemeteries.

|affiliation=Religious order. Example:Baptist
|affiliation1=Name of the church. Example: Greenwood No. 1Baptist Church
|parent1=Name of the county, state location of cemetery, African-American category. Example: Caddo, Louisiana, African-American Cemeteries
|project= Name of the project category that groups the cemeteries. Example: US Black Heritage

In order to manually apply the cemetery template, you can copy and paste this template for African-American cemeteries below and fill out the parameters as described:

{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery
{{CategoryInfoBox Cemetery
|name= Name of the cemetery. Example: Greenwood Town Cemetery
|aka= Other (also known as) names for the cemetery, separated by commas. Example: Greenwood Memorial Garden
|affiliation1-'Name of the church or organization affiliated with cemetery. Example: Greenwood No 1 Baptist Church
|parent=Name of the county, state location of cemetery. Example: Caddo, Louisiana
|parent1=Name of the county, state location of cemetery, African-American category. Example: Caddo, Louisiana, African-American Cemeteries
|project= Name of the project category that groups the cemeteries. Example: US Black Heritage
|location= Name location category where the cemetery is located (typically a city/town/village). Example: Greenwood, Louisiana
|spacepage= Name of the associated cemetery Free Space Page without the Space: prefix.
|findagraveID= Preferred. ID of the cemetery on FindAGrave website (the number in the URL of the cemetery). Example: 1622977:
|coordinate= Required. GPS coordinates on FindAGrave website.
|address= Optional. Address location of the cemetery.

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.

Note: For additional parameters that are available, see the full documentation on Template:CategoryInfoBox Cemetery.

Example: [[Category:Caddo Parish, Louisiana, African-American Cemeteries]]

Name: Greenwood Town Cemetery
(also known as Greenwood Memorial Garden)
Location:Category: Greenwood, Louisiana
Address:Springridge-Greenwood Rd, Greenwood, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
WikiTree+ Report:Detailed report on profiles and related FG cemeteries
FindAGrave:1622977 map
Map of Profiles:WikiTree+ Maps
Project / Team:Cemeterist / US Black Heritage
See also:Ask questions in G2G using the tags US Black Heritage and Cemeteries and Categorization

Profiles are placed in this category with this text [[Space:Instructions for New African-American Cemetery]] .

[[Category:Caddo Parish, Louisiana, African-American Cemeteries]]

If the county level category does not exist, you will receive a warning.

  1. Click the Save Anway button. The County level category will appear in red text in the category section. Follow the steps in the next section below.

Create County/Parish Level African-American Cemeteries

These should be written as County/Parish Name, State Name, African-American Cemeteries

  • Example 1: [[Category:Bullock County, Alabama, African-American Cemeteries]]
  • Example 2: [[Category:Caddo Parish, Louisiana, African-American Cemeteries]]

Don't forget to add the commas and change out the location names!

Copy/Paste this template and the explanation text at the top of the category page upon creation:

The African-American cemeteries county level categories exist to help with tracking the state level categories and is a container category for space pages and state level categories only.

Creating a Free Space Page

Free Space Pages for African-American cemeteries are not required, however on occasion it is helpful to explain the historical value of the cemetery. However, it is recommended that a free space page is created for an affiliated church or organization. See this example of the format of a free space page. Example:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:African_Burial_Ground%2C_Flatbush%2C_New_York

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Starting with v.32.14.4 WikiTree BEE officially supports creation of USBH cemeteries from Find A Grave. You might want to add this information to this page :)
posted by Florian Straub
Yes, thanks. Trying to catch up on all messages and emails.