While we were beta testing the Toronto Trust Cemeteries indexing pages, one of the biggest changes we made was to consolidate the three “Where interred” fields into one, because we realized that the way locations were described was wildly variable—and the variations wouldn’t fit neatly into the fields.
So, now we can type what we see—but it would make the arbitration step go much faster if we can introduce a few standard formats for locations that we run across frequently. (There will be lots that don’t fit these formats. That’s OK. Continue to type what you see.)
- Letter/number/number: For example, M 45 20. Let’s leave off any extra bits like s, n, e, w (for south, north, etc.).
- Letter/Fancy/number: For example, Q Fancy 12. “Fancy” is frequently abbreviated. Please spell it out.
- Adult Single Grave: Let’s use this order, singular form, no apostrophe.
- Child Single Grave: Let’s use this order, singular form, no apostrophe.
- Pauper Adult Grave: Let’s use this order, singular form, no apostrophe.
- Pauper Child Grave: Let’s use this order, singular form, no apostrophe.
We’re now seeing more institutions or organizations as the owners of graves, for example: Masonic Fraternity, and St Andrew’s Society. The name of the organization should go in the “Property of: Surname” field.