WeRelate:Suggestions/Burials -- Order in Facts and Events

I would like to suggest that the order of the standard facts--Birth, Christening/Baptism, <Marriage(s)>, Death, Burial--should stay fixed on all pages. As things stand, if someone enters a death date of, say, 8 Sep 1921 and a burial date of Sep 1921, the burial is listed first. This is silly.

Other events, such as residence, occupation or census finds, will probably have a date attached that can be included in a person's timeline. But events (except for birth and marriage) for which dates cannot be provided, should be placed after the death entry. This includes burials.

I notice that the type of event "memorial" is still not included. I am using "other" but would like to be more specific. I have a family in which one son erected a stone to his parents and siblings in a cemetery where three of his sisters are each buried with their husbands. The dates of the burials and the "other" event are unknown and have been left blank. In each case the "other" entry is listed in the timeline before the burial with the spouse. Rearranging the order of sources does not help.----goldenoldie 06:48, 6 May 2013 (EDT)


Related suggestion: WeRelate:Suggestions/Sorting Facts/Events without dates.

My initial thought with relation to these two suggestions is that there might be a need to be able to add arbitrary order to Facts. Just a sequence number or similar, so that undated or broadly-dated (i.e. only a year provided) Facts can be given explicit order. Don't know what that'd take to implement though.

Sam Wilson ( TalkContribs ) … 22:39, 6 May 2013 (EDT)


I notice that especially GEDCOM uploads will have census sources out of chronological order. If they can't be put in correct order automatically, perhaps some sort order could be allowed on the person page so that events and/or sources could be sorted manually. --janiejac 01:34, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

I'm a little confused by this comment. Events and Sources can be sorted manually on each page as it is right now. Usually, it is not considered good wiki etiquette to move other people's sources to put one of your own higher in the Citation list, since it implies more value, but in the case of Census citations on a genealogy site, I doubt anyone here would object. Is that what you are asking? --cos1776 19:36, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I am guilty of uploading GEDCOMs with my census citations out of chronological order (because I never find them in order and list them as I find them). But on this public site, I would like the ability to sort by year. And when a Find-a-Grave citation comes before the census records, I would change that too. Maybe not important, but neater. --janiejac 16:20, 25 June 2016 (UTC)