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I'm not sure I think it's really useful to list each cemetery and have all the links go to the Hometown Locator. What if we just put a single link to "Geographic Coordinates to Cemeteries of Etowah County"? Lise 17:24, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Not a good format at all, not even the suggestion. They need to be move down to town/city level and remove all links to Hometown Locator. Not useful link. Use GeoCoord template instead. Dsammy 19:14, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
I like your suggestion, dsammy, but can't find the template that you mention.  Can you link to it? Or link to a page that has the template in use? Lise 21:37, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Template:Coord use GeoHack. You can see the example of the coord at top/right side column at this page. Baker City, Oregon has it inside infobox for city. Alvadore, Oregon#Cemeteries Coord listed after name of cemetery.

I'm back to thinking that a simple link to a single resource with GPS coordinates would be sufficient. (That single resource could be the GNIS site that links to the coordinates, but I don't think readers need to see those coordinates.)

We need to keep in mind that our audience could be reading the article from anywhere in the world, and that only a very small percentage of readers would be planning to visit the cemetery in person, using GPS coordinates to guide them. The more text there is on a page, the smaller percentage that will be read and understood. To create really useful content for our readers, we have to prioritize. Exact GPS coordinates are nice to have, but not nearly as useful as a listing with names of people and death dates.

I'd love to look at creating a location template that ties to the GNIS database, but maybe only displays the text "GPS Coordinates" or "GPS" next to the name of the cemetery. Lise 12:36, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

I wouldn't do that. GNIS managers are investigating a major break in linking. GeoHack link is safest and it's Wikipedia feature. GNIS coordinates are inside GeoHack already and GeoHack is worldwide unlike GNIS. GNIS links are a real headache for me when creating links before GeoHack template was added. Dsammy 18:03, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
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