Creating Cemetery Maps

1. From the main application window, choose the feature to Create/Edit Your Map

2. If you have more than one cemetery defined, you will be asked to identify the cemetery you want to work with for map creation/editing

3. If you haven’t yet done this, you’ll find a default grid created for you of 50 columns by 50 rows, otherwise it will display your already designed map for you

4. You can increase or decrease the size of your overall map by clicking on the Map menu and choosing the Maximum menu
  • Columns = how many columns of data do you want displayed in your map
  • Rows = how many rows of data do you want displayed in your map

5. Keep in mind that you don’t want to have a lot of unused space around your map as this will slow the display of your map, just create enough rows/columns to properly display your map

6. You’ll notice that all graves are displayed in a horizontal orientation. This cannot be changed. The top of the screen will not necessarily be “north”. You will have to adjust your rotation accordingly.

7. You’ll notice that the graves are all of one size. We understand that you will have different physical sized graves in your cemetery, but for the purposes of this simplified map, the display will appear that all are of equal size. If you have a section of your map that is just for cremations, for example, you may want to do that section as a completely different cemetery so that you can have its own map for that section.

8. You can assign three different types to each cell of your grid/map
  • Unused – this will appear as a green cell, meaning that it’s a simulated grassy area where nothing will exist
  • Path/Road – this will appear as a black cell, meaning this represents an object that is not grass and not a grave
  • Usable Lot (Grave) – this will appear as a white cell, where you can assign a grave identifier (Section,Lot,Grave)

9. To assign a type to a cell, position your cursor over the cell that you want to modify, ensuring that cell has the cursor rectangle focused on it, and then use the ASSIGN menu’s first three selections accordingly

10. If you create a cell as a usable lot (grave) and it becomes white, you can then type in that cell, and you should then assign your grave identifier (ex. A,1,1). The grave identifiers are a three piece grouping, and you must use a comma between each identifier, even if you aren’t using all three. For example, if you’re only using Section and Grave and not Lot, you might input: A,,1. This is necessary to link the map contents to the database records upon map viewing.

11. If you want to assign an entire group of graves (a lot), you could use the feature on the left hand side of the map editor window. Here you would input the section and the lot IDs, and then in the Grave grid you would assign the values for each of the graves in that lot assignment. Use the ASSIGN menu and Configure Grave Assignment Grid menu to determine the number of graves in your lot and how they should be oriented (rows/columns). Once you have all that configured, move your cursor onto the grid into the top/left most corner of where you want the assignment, ensuring that the cell is indicated with the rectangle indicator, and then either press the F9 key on your keyboard or use the Assign/Assign Using Section/Lot/Grave Identifiers Grid menus. Once you do this, you’ll notice the “Lot” value increases by 1. This is so that you can move on to the next location on your map and press F9 again, speeding up map creation.

12. You can highlight multiple cells at once if you want to assign types in bulk. For example, if you want to make a road in row 7 stretching from column 1 to column 10, you could highlight all those cells with your mouse and then use the Assign menu to assign the road/path cell type.

13. You can insert or delete rows and/or columns using the MAP menu. These insertions or deletions would happen at the current point of the highlighted grid cell, so be very careful where your cursor is before you use these features.

14. If you are also a user of the Online Version, you could use the Export menu to save your map here for uploading to the Online Version.

15. Once you’re done editing your map you can just close the window to save the map structure.

The Crypt Keeper cemetery software (cemetery record keeping and management) to maintain an inventory of your cemetery graves with an optional color coded map that you can design and maintain.

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