Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mapping the Mendenhall Family Cemetery - part 2

Mapping this cemetery was so easy!

Here's some things I learned that might help you as you map your cemeteries.
  • You first draw the outer boundaries for the cemetery. Select "Draw Cemetery Border." Click to place each corner and then double click when the border is complete. I had to try a few times to get it just right (only because I'm very picky!) I just clicked "Draw" again and it erased the old border, so I could start again.
  • Use "Place Graves" to add each grave. Just select "Place" and then click on the map where you want to put each grave. A square that represents a 4'x4' grave appears on the map. After you place a grave, enter the grave's record information in the data fields to the right. If you have family information like parents, click on the drop-down menu arrow beside "Spouse". Here you select from spouse, father, mother, and other. Enter the name and then click "Add Relation." You can add as many relations as you want - just click "Add Relation" after each one.
  • Make sure you select "Save Deceased" after every grave.
  • If you don't like where you placed a grave, click on "Move Graves." Then you can click on the grave and put it anywhere you like.
  • If you need to delete a grave, just select "Delete Graves" and click on the grave you want to erase.
  • You can still redraw your border even after you place the graves. I found that my border was way too big once my graves were all placed. Just click on "Draw Cemetery Border." It will erase the previous border without erasing your graves and data, and you can draw a new border around your graves.
  • Navigating around the cemetery can be a little tricky until you get used to it. Don't use the scroll wheel on your mouse while your cursor is over the map - unless you want to zoom in or out! You can navigate with your mouse or with the map tools in the upper left corner of the map.
An important point that was stressed on the website: Exact geographic coordinates are not important. What is important is where each grave sits in relation to the other graves around it. Seeing who is buried next to whom is what's vital in establishing family relationships and solving family research puzzles.

Note: Names in Stone mapping screenshot used by permission.

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