Map Creation and Editing (Advanced Version via Download)

Choose Design/Edit Maps from the dashboard.

If this is your very first time visiting this page there will be no prior map to display so all you'll see are some menu options. To get to the advanced map editor, click on the Advanced Editor menu option.

You'll need to download our map editing software. If you've already done this part, you can skip these steps. Click on the download link as illustrated below.


You may be asked if you want to OPEN or SAVE the file. Click on OPEN. A window will open displaying the setup routine. Double-click your mouse on the SETUP.MSI file.

Click on the RUN button.

The installation routine will start. Click on the NEXT buttons until the installation completes, and then click on the FINISH button.

The installation routine will place an icon on your desktop. Double-clicking on this icon starts the map editing software.

Click on the large button to get to the editor window.

You're started out with an empty grid.

To begin, you need to assign the maximum columns and rows for your map. These values can be changed later... be use caution when making your map smaller so that you don't erase critical map data. Click on the EDIT menu and then choose the MAXIMUM menu option, and assign the Columns and Rows.

Your map fills with green cells indicating unused portions of your map. Map colors for editing are defined as follows:
Green = unused portions of the map
White = graves, areas where people will be interred
Black = roads or paths

If you want to assign a single grave to your map, use the ASSIGN menu and choose the Usable Lot option (or press F4 on your keyboard).

In my example below, I placed my cursor in row 2 and column 2 and then chose the Assign / Usable Lot menu options. From there, you are permitted to type the grave identifier into the grave cell (i.e. A,1,1). You must provide all three identifiers... Section, Lot and Grave. Also, your three identifiers must be separated with a comma.

If you want to assign multiple cells at once, left-click in the starting cell, and while the left button is still down drag the mouse to the ending cell (as exampled below).

Then you (as exampled below) you can use the Assign / Road menus to create a pathway on your map.

You may have a need to assign multiple graves to a single lot in bulk. Most of the maps I've seen use an eight-grave assignment to lots. But you can change the bulk assignment by using the ASSIGN menu and choosing the Configure the Graves Assignment Grid option. With this you define the rows/columns to be used in your Lot configuration of Graves. In my example I'm going to leave it as four rows by two columns.

When you're ready to use this bulk assignment method, input the Section and Lot identifiers, and then input the Grave numbers in the Graves grid.

Move your cursor on the map to where you want to place your first series of bulk Graves. Then click on the ASSIGN menu and choose the Assign Using Section/Lot/Grave Identifiers (or press the F9 key on the keyboard).

The results show eight new graves assigned to the map, but something else is updated. Notice that the Lot identifier is automatically incremented up by one. This is to allow you to move your cursor on the map to the next assignment spot and repeat the process without having to keep updating this information.

In my example, I move the cursor to row 10 and column 4 and press the F9 key on my keyboard to make the next bulk Graves assignment.

Again, the Lot identifier is incremented and a new set of graves appears on the map.

You can continue making edits as necessary. When you're ready to stop you can click on the MAP menu and choose SAVE MAP to LOCAL HARD DRIVE. This saves a copy so you can come back later and make more edits.

When you come back, you can click on the MAP menu and choose OPEN MAP FROM LOCAL HARD DRIVE to restore your work.

When you're completely finished and ready to upload your map to your online account, click on the MAP menu and choose the EXPORT MAP option.

You'll be asked to provide your username and password. Then click on the LOGIN button.

Select the cemetery that the map will be assigned (if more than one) and then click the BROWSE button to locate your working map file.

The map file is named MAP-EXPORT.ONLINE and is stored in your MY DOCUMENTS folder. Highlight this file and click on the OPEN button.

Click on the UPLOAD button to complete the transfer process.

When the upload is finished, you'll receive a message indicating completion.

If you want to load your map from your online account into the map editor, use the MAP menu and choose the IMPORT MAP option.

Input your username and password and then click on the LOGIN button.

Choose the cemetery (if more than one) and then click on the DOWNLOAD button.

Once the map is loaded you'll get a message indicating completion.

To see your map in action, go to the HOME page of your online account and click on the VIEW/EDIT YOUR DATA feature.

Click on the VIEW MAP menu option to see the map.

Choose the cemetery (if more than one) and click on the SUBMIT button.

Your map is displayed. If you have data inputted, the map will attempt to link your data records with the grave indicators you provided during map creation/editing and will color code your map accordingly. Moving your mouse across the map displays a popup box indicating the grave identifiers and any interred/purchaser data that may be assigned to that record.

Left-clicking your mouse on a grave will open a window giving further details about who might be interred/purchased on that grave. From there, you can jump directly to that data record in the database.