What is a Virtual Cemetery?
Find A Grave Feature definitions:
You can create a Virtual Cemetery for a variety of subjects. Here are a few ideas:
This is a listing of Virtual Cemeteries You can see that some are lists of tasks for a cemetery. And then there are lists of famous people. The number next to the Virtual Cemetery name indicates how many memorials are included for that cemetery.
How do you create a Virtual Cemetery?
Then go to your Contributor Tools:
Click Add New:
Fill in the Your Cemetery name. This one just has the same name as the cemetery I am working on. Click Yes if you would like this to be visible to the public, or No to keep it private. Then click Add This Cemetery:
Your cemetery will appear in your list of Virtual Cemeteries. It will not show up as a clickable link until you add memorials to it. The Virtual Cemeteries that are private have an * next to the name:
To edit a virtual cemetery click on the Virtual Cemetery link in your Contributions to Find a Grave page:
How do you add Memorials to a Virtual Cemetery?
Then click the box next to your Virtual Cemetery you would like to place the memorial. Click on Save Changes:
Here is the record in the Virtual Cemetery:
HCGS Makes a Difference Volunteer Project
We are using Virtual Cemeteries for the Hamilton County Genealogical Society’s project on documenting Hamilton County’s Civil War Veterans. Each Virtual Cemetery is a gallery of the cemeteries we have researched. This makes it easier for our volunteers to find memorials they are working on without having to look up each person repeatedly. For the public it shows the record of the soldiers in each cemetery, as if we created a memorial wall of the Civil War Veteran’s in each cemetery.
We will need volunteers to help us with our project. If you like to work with Find A Grave searching and adding memorials to our Virtual Cemeteries or would prefer to head to the cemetery and take photos we would love your help. Check out our earlier post on the project for more info: