Re-Posted from Help With Find-a-Grave forum, by request:
Original Subject: Canadian Cemeteries
[my reply to the original poster]
Kathy - as a fellow Canadian graver, I share your frustration about trying to narrow down Canadian entries by province (well over 5700 cemeteries in our little country north of their border, teehee). Although I've only been a member for a few short months, I'm aware that the remedy IS in the works, but like you I wish it could happen sooner. =])
In the meantime, an elegant solution was provided recently in the thread 'searching for churchyards in the uk' (a few question pages earlier from here). Took me a bit of time to re-find the details, but here's how the same tip can be used for Canada:
First, start with a search for all cemeteries in Canada - leave the cemetery name blank, and just choose "Canada" in the country field. As you probably know, this gets you 'into the country', with about 5,760 listings. ((For England, Find A Grave will complain there are way too many listings to display, but there's a work-around for that too if you need it)).
Now with the resulting list for Canada, take a look at the url in the address bar at the top of your browser. This is likely what you'll see:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=10&CSst=0
Look across the url to the end portion that reads 'CSst=0'. This part of the code tells the browser to look for a specific 'state' (originally designed for USA searches). We simply hi-jack it to look for a Canadian 'state', by changing the '0' to one of the following numbers:
824 British Columbia
826 New Brunswick
831 Prince Edward Island
829 Nova Scotia
827 Newfoundland & Labrador
835 Northwest Territories
Of course, with Ontario there will still be over 2,500 cemeteries to search through, but that's nearly half fewer . . .
Then you can apply the tip for quickly skipping ahead by multiple screens of records [ . . go to the second page of listings, the end of the url with the 'state' number of 830 will now be followed by "&CSsr=21&" -- change the 21 to any multiple of 40 records you wish to guestimate, eg &CSsr=521& will skip you ahead to the screen with Ontario cemetery Records 521 to 540].
Once you've got the process downpat, it's easy to take short-cuts: got a list of all cemeteries in Ontario named United? Want to look at the same name in Alberta? Just change the 'state' code . . .
Btw, in the 'CScntry=10' part, 10 is the Country code for Canada. USA is 4, England is 5, and Barbados is 86. [There is _no_ #1, how diplomatic is that!! haha]. It was fun to experiment with the new toy -- briefly! =])
Clear as mud, right?
Cheers! =]) B