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To learn more about cemeteries in general, go to the Cemeteries Record Page.

Purpose[edit | edit source]

To update/standardize the cemeteries pages for each country, especially those countries without much content in the Wiki. This will help those in underserved countries know where to access cemetery information.

Example Pages[edit | edit source]

Malta Cemeteries
Ghana Cemeteries

Task List[edit | edit source]

Task List
Please complete the cemeteries pages in the following order:

  1. Emerging Homelands
  2. Maturing Homelands
  3. United States

Project Instructions for Mexican State Cemeteries Pages[edit | edit source]

Example[edit | edit source]

Hidalgo Cemeteries

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Step 1: Go to the task list choose a Mexican state from the Emerging Countries 2020 tab. Put your name under 'completed by' to claim it.
Step 2: Create a sandbox page.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following code into the sandbox page for your state.

==Online Resources==
[URL FamilySearch Places]
== Jewish Cemeteries ==
*[https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm JewishGen] has an inventory you can check. Click on Mexico and then city name.

==Military Cemeteries==
===Individual Cemeteries===
== Additional Resources at the Family History Library ==
To find cemetery records for ''STATE NAME'' in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:<br>

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''STATE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

To search for cemeteries at the town level, follow directions below.

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''STATE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''
#Click on: '''Places within STATE NAME'''
#Click on the town you want to search
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

== Additional Resources ==
*[https://www.worldcat.org/ Worldcat.org]- Do a search for STATE NAME Cemetery.

Step 4: Replace STATE NAME with the name of your state.
Step 5: Check the existing state cemetery page for resources to move to your sandbox page. Please check the resources on the page for quality before moving them to the sandbox.
Step 6: Locate resources using the instructions for each heading below.

Instructions for Online Resources
Check the following for resources for your state and link to them where appropriate.
How to Search FamilySearch Places
  • Search for the name of your state.
  • Click the blue link on the right that says Places in this State.
  • Click add filter.
  • Click Select Place Type.
  • Select Cemetery.
  • Replace URL on the cemeteries page below Find A Grave link.
  • Google search for cemeteries in your state to find additional online resources. Combine other terms with the state's name: burials, cemeteries, tombstones. Include any statewide burial sites you find.
Instructions for Jewish Cemeteries
  • Use Google search with the state name followed by Jewish cemeteries to find them.
Instructions for Military Cemeteries
  • Use Google search with the state name followed by military cemeteries to find them.
Instructions for Individual Cemeteries
Link to any resources you find for individual cemeteries that are not on Billion Graves or Find a Grave. We've already linked to them in the Online Resources heading, so limit sharing what you find to resources outside of those two sites.
  • Using Google search for cemeteries in the country
  • Using Wikipedia search for cemeteries in the country

Step 7: Delete any headings you have no resources for.
Step 8: Save in sandbox.
Step 9: When completed, put the date in the 'date completed' column and link to the sandbox page in the 'link to sandbox column'.

Project Instructions for Countries Other than the United States and Canada[edit | edit source]

Step 1: Go to the task list and choose a country from the Emerging Homelands tab. Please finish all countries on the Emerging Homelands tab before moving on to the Maturing Homelands Tab. Put your name under 'date completed' to claim it.
Step 2: Create a sandbox for this page.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following code into your sandbox If there is an existing page, please check the resources there and keep where appropriate.

==Online Resources==

==Jewish Cemeteries==

==Military Cemeteries==

==Individual Cemeteries==

==Additional Resources at the Family History Library==
To find cemetery records for ''COUNTRY NAME'' in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:<br>

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''COUNTRY NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Places within COUNTRY NAME'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

If you don't find an entry for Cemeteries, you may need to go to a smaller jurisdiction by using Places within... a second time.
==Additional Resources==


Step 3: Replace COUNTRY NAME with your country's name.
Step 4: Locate resources using the instructions below for each heading.
Step 5: Delete any headings you have no resources for.
Step 6: When completed, fill out appropriate columns on the task list.

Instructions for Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Check the following for resources for your country and link to them where appropriate.

  • BillionGraves COUNTRY Page - photos and GPS locations of grave markers Navigate to a country page and change the website link
  • Find A Grave COUNTRY page - photos and GPS locations of grave markers Navigate to a country page and change the website link
  • Google search for cemeteries in your country to find additional online resources. You may need to use a genealogical word list to find the word in that language for cemetery and search using it to find them. For example, the word for cemetery in French is cimetière. You might search for France cimetière.

Instructions for Jewish Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • Use Google search with the country name followed by Jewish Cemeteries.
  • JewishGen has an inventory you can check.

Instructions for Military Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • Use Google search with the country name followed by military cemeteries to find them.

Instructions for Individual Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Link to any resources you find for individual cemeteries that are not on Billion Graves or Find a Grave. We've already linked to them in the Online Resources heading, so limit sharing what you find to resources outside of those two sites.

  • Using Google search for cemeteries in the country
  • Using Wikipedia search for cemeteries in the country

Instructions for Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Include any other resources you find. Include WorldCat.org. Search by country name followed by cemeteries.





Project Instructions for Canadian Province Cemeteries Pages[edit | edit source]

Step 1: Go to the task list choose a province from the Emerging Countries 2020 tab. Put your name under 'completed by' to claim it.
Step 2: Create a sandbox page.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following code into the sandbox page for your province.

==Online Resources==
== Jewish Cemeteries ==
*[https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm JewishGen] has an inventory you can check. Click on Canada and then PROVINCE NAME.

==Military Cemeteries==
*[https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial Canadian Virtual War Memorial]. This is a worldwide registry of military Canadian burials.

===Individual Cemeteries===
== Additional Resources at the Family History Library ==
To find cemetery records for ''PROVINCE NAME'' in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:<br>

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''PROVINCE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

To search for cemeteries at the town level, follow directions below.

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''PROVINCE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''
#Click on: '''Places within PROVINCE NAME'''
#Click on the town you want to search
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

== Additional Resources ==
*[https://www.worldcat.org/ Worldcat.org]- Do a search for PROVINCE NAME Cemetery.

Step 4: Replace PROVINCE NAME with the name of your province.
Step 5: Check the existing province cemetery page for resources to move to your sandbox page. Please check the resources on the page for quality before moving them to the sandbox.
Step 6: Locate resources using the instructions for each heading below.

Instructions for Online Resources
Check the following for resources for your province and link to them where appropriate.
  • BillionGraves Page - photos and GPS locations of grave markers
  • Find A Grave page - photos and GPS locations of grave markers
  • Google search for cemeteries in your province to find additional online resources. Combine other terms with the province's name: burials, cemeteries, tombstones. Include any provincewide burial sites you find.
Instructions for Jewish Cemeteries
  • Use Google search with the province name followed by Jewish cemeteries to find them.
Instructions for Military Cemeteries
  • Use Google search with the province name followed by military cemeteries to find them.
Instructions for Individual Cemeteries
Link to any resources you find for individual cemeteries that are not on Billion Graves or Find a Grave. We've already linked to them in the Online Resources heading, so limit sharing what you find to resources outside of those two :sites.
  • Using Google search for cemeteries in the country
  • Using Wikipedia search for cemeteries in the country

Step 7: Delete any headings you have no resources for.
Step 8: Save in sandbox.
Step 9: When completed, put the date in the 'date completed' column and link to the sandbox page in the 'link to sandbox column'.

Project Instructions for US State Cemeteries Pages[edit | edit source]

Step 1: Go to the task list choose a state from the United States tab. Put your name under 'completed by' to claim it.
Step 2: Create a sandbox page.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following code into the sandbox page for your state.

==Online Resources==
{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:65%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Online Cemetery Resources of STATE NAME'''</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''United States Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com] 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2221801 Find A Grave Index] at FamilySearch - [[Find A Grave Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use This Collection]]
*[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60525/ U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current] at Ancestry
*[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973 BillionGraves Index] at FamilySearch- [[BillionGraves Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use This Collection]]
*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-billion-graves-index BillionGraves Index] at Find My Past
*{{RecordSearch|2579610|United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969}} at FamilySearch [[United States, Cemetery Abstracts - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use This Record]]
|-
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the State'''</center>
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{| style="float:right;	
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery Findagrave.com]
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]- type STATE NAME in the search box.
|-
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''Jewish Cemeteries '''</center>
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" |
*[https://iajgscemetery.org/usa/ STATE NAME Jewish Cemetery Project] at International Jewish Cemetery Project
*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery Jewish Cemeteries in STATE NAME] at Find A Grave
*[https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1411/ JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry] at Ancestry - grave search
*[https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Cemetery/tree/CemList.htm JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry] by JewishGen - Cemetery List- ''Click the USA file folder, State folder, City folder and cemetery name''
|-
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''Military Cemeteries '''</center>
|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" |
:''For more [[United States Military Cemetery Records|military burial databases]].''
|-
|}
== Additional Resources at the Family History Library ==
To find cemetery records for ''STATE NAME'' in the FamilySearch Catalog follow these steps:<br>

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''STATE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

To search for cemeteries at the county level follow directions below

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''STATE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''
#Click on: '''Places within STATE NAME'''
#Click on the county you want to search
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

To search for cemeteries at the town level, follow directions below.

#Go to the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/search/ '''FamilySearch Catalog''']
#Enter: '''STATE NAME''' in the Place box
#Click on: '''Search'''
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''
#Click on: '''Places within STATE NAME'''
#Click on the county you want to search
#Click on '''Places within United States, STATE NAME, county name'''
#Click on the town you want to search
#Click on: '''Cemeteries'''

== Additional Resources ==
*[https://www.dar.org/library/collections/dar-library-catalog DAR Library Catalog] has cemetery books. Do a keyword search for STATE NAME cemetery.
*[https://www.worldcat.org/ Worldcat.org]- Do a search for STATE NAME Cemetery.

Step 4: Replace STATE NAME with the name of your state.
Step 5: Check the existing state cemetery page for resources to move to your sandbox page. Please check the resources on the page for quality before moving them to the sandbox.
Step 6: Locate resources using the instructions for each heading below.
Step 7: Display names for collections should be as they are named. Coverage years do not need to be in bold or at the beginning of the collection. Many cemetery collections do not have coverage years.
Step 8: Delete any headings you have no resources for.
Step 9: Save in sandbox.
Step 10: When completed, put the date in the 'date completed' column and link to the sandbox page in the 'link to sandbox column'.

General Instructions for Searching[edit | edit source]

Only include state and national resources. Cemeteries from smaller jurisdictions (county or municipal) should be included on their respective county pages, unless they are Jewish or military cemeteries.
Additional places to search.

Instructions for List of Cemeteries in the State[edit | edit source]

  • Keep the links to Find A Grave and BillionGraves at the top of the list.
  • Go to Find A Grave.
  • Enter your state's name in the search box to get a list of cemeteries in the state.
  • Copy the URL for that page.
  • Replace https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery in the table with the link to the page you just copied.

LDS Badge Instructions

  • Keep the LDS badge only if the terms LDS or Mormon are used in the names of your links.
  • You can remove the LDS badge by searching for and deleting the code below.

{| style="float:right; |- |{{MormonLDSRemoval}} |}

Instructions for Jewish Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

International Jewish Cemetery Project for the United States

Find A Grave

Instructions for Military Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

  • Organize all resources you find under the state or national headings, where appropriate.
  • Go to Veterans Cemeteries.
  • Click on your state.
  • Copy the URL.
  • Include the URL in the table under "National Cemeteries"
  • Use Google search with the state name followed by military cemeteries to find them.