Cemeteries

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"Cemeteries" in TNG

Cemetery objects in TNG are not same as Places associated with Burial Events, even though such Places often include Cemetery names. Rather, TNG Cemeteries are a TNG feature that allows you to:

  1. Associate headstone photos with a cemetery, cemetery plot information, and a status.
  2. Display a report of headstones in a cemetery.
  3. Associate an image (perhaps a cemetery map; perhaps a cemetery photography) with a cemetery, and
  4. List all burials in a given cemetery

TNG's Cemetery objects are distinctive to TNG. They are not directly implemented in most genealogy applications. In particular, they are not GEDCOM objects, so they cannot be defined in a GEDCOM file. As a result, they must be entered into TNG by hand, and cannot readily be transferred to another Genealogical application. Cemeteries can be transferred from one TNG site to another by using TNG's backup utility to create a backup file, copying that file to the backup folder on the second TNG site, and then using the backup utility on the second site to "restore" that backup.

It is important to distinguish between the concepts of "Cemetery" and "Burial Place" in TNG

TNG Cemetery Placenames that are associated with a Burial Event
A TNG concept; not a GEDCOM concept Just a GEDCOM placename like any other; not a specific object type.
A Identified by a cemetery name, plus a town, city, county, state, and country - All in separate fields. A Place record with a single "Placename" field that can have values such as "Grace Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA" or maybe just "Texas, USA" (if that's all that is known about the burial place).
Independent of TNG Trees Generally specific to a TNG Tree, though a TNG option does allow a TNG site to have one set of Place records for all trees.
Has geocoordinates, hich can be copied to or from a burial place Has geocoordinates.
Can be any burial facility, including an informal family burial plot on a farm, a church crypt, a mausoleum, etc. Can by any burial facility, or just a town, county, state, country (e.g. "England") if that's all you know about where a person is buried).
Stored in the "Cemeteries" table. Stored along with hundreds or thousands of places in the Places table
A TNG administrator must define the specific cemeteries of particular interest. Can be defined through data entry or by GEDCOM import.
(To be useful) Must be linked to an "Associated Place" in the Places table. For all practical purposes, the Associated Place defines the same burial facility as the Cemetery. Can be defined as a Cemetery's "Associated Place", through a link from the Cemetery table.
Medialinks cannot be used to associate a media item with a Cemetery. All three must be defined through TNG dat entry. Nothing about Cemeteries can be imported from a Gedcom file.

See notes about Cemetery images below

Medialinks can connect any media item to any Place (or Places). But Medialinks to Places must be defined through TNG data entry; they cannot be defined in Gedcom files.
The TNG Cemeteries feature provide a way to track headstone photos in a cemetery, as well as to record the plot and a "found" status - whether a particular headstone or grave has been found in its cemetery. The cemetery association, plot, and status are saved in the Media table, but cannot be imported from a Gedcom file. Existing Media records and their data (including the cemetery-related fields and other non-Gedcom data such as mediatype and notes) are preserved in through a Gedcom import. There is no native TNG provision for reporting specifically on burial places or even burial events, nor to associate a headstone photos's cemetery-specific fields with the burial place.
The Cemetery detail report (showmap.php) lists all headstones in a cemetery, and all burials in the cemetery. Burials in the cemetery are just burials at the place associated with the cemetery. The Place detail report (placesearch.php) does list all burial events at that place, but cannot do so without also listing all instances of all other events at that place.

Media Items Associated with a Cemetery

  1. The Cemetery's Primary Image
    • This image is specified in the Cemetery table's "maplink" field, which contains a filespec, not a mediaID. Thus, the primary image does not need to be in the Media table at all. It does, however, have to be in the Headstones folder,
  2. Other Media Items
    • Other media items are linked with a Cemetery through the "cemeteryID" foreign key in the Media table. The Media table's "linktocem" flag field helps to determines the the nature of that cemetery relationship.
    • When Media Items that are linked to a Cemetery are displayed, the media display page (showmedia.php) also displays a link to the Cemetery, the Cemetery notes, and the "Cemetery Images" table (described below).
    • Headstones
      • When Media.cemeteryID has a value, Media.mediatypeID='headstones', Media.linktocem is unset, and the media item is linked to a Person (through the Medialinks table), then the media item is recognized as a Headstone, in which case:
        • In the Cemetery details report, a thumbnail of the headstone image is displayed in "Headstones" table, along with the values of two other fields in the Media table:
          1. Plot: Generally a grave ID. Its format and value are unknown to TNG; admins can enter any value here, whether it is the cemtery's own grave ID, or family plot ID, or a descriptive note (e.g. "On the west side near the parking lot")
          2. Status: "Located", "Not yet located", "Missing", etc., as defined by a hard-coded selection list in the Media Edit form.
        • In the Admin Placed Edit page, the Plot and Status fields are visible, as is the "Link this media directly to the selected cemetery" checkbox (i.e. the "linktocem" field)
    • Cemetery Images
      • When Media.cemeteryID has a value and either the Media record's "linktocem" flag is set OR the "mediatypeID" field is not 'headstones', then the media item is placed in "Cemetery Images" table in the Cemetery details report.
      • The media items in the so-called "Cemetery Images" table don't have to be images.

Finally, when a burial placename is entered into your database (whether through data entry or GEDCOM import), an associated Cemetery record IS NOT created. An administrator must specifically define Cemeteries in the TNG Cemeteries table. You don't have to track every cemetery that appears in burial places in your database. You can ignore Cemetery records altogether, or focus on cemeteries with close family members and/or cemeteries with large numbers of burials.

Primary Cemetery Image

The Cemetery data entry screen prompts for a "Map image", but any image can be added here, whether it is a plot map, a photo of the cemetery, a photo of the cemetery entrance, or whatever. The Cemetery image does not have to be defined in the Media table, but it does have to be stored in or below the Headstones folder.
Adding an image to a cemetery

The image associated with the cemetery will be displayed in Cemetery reports, but not Place reports.

Other "Cemetery Photos"

(The media items in the so-called "Cemetery Photos" table don't have to be photos. Most often, they are not in the TNG "Photos" collection, but even if they are in the "Headstones" collection, they can be PDF files, HTM files, scanned documents, etc.)

There are two ways to associate a media item with a Cemetery so that it is displayed in the Cemetery detail report's "Cemetery Photos" table.

  1. Media items in the Headstones collection
    In the Media Information section of the Admin Place Edit page, select a Cemetery and check the "Link this media directly to the selected cemetery" checkbox, as shown in this screenshot. Significantly, the Plot and Status fields and the "Link this media directly to the selected cemetery" are visible only when the media items is in the Headstones category. Also, notably, even though they are in the "Headstones" collection, media items that are flagged this way do not have to be headstone photos. They can be photos of family plots, photos of the cemetery, documents describing the history of the cemetery, photos of gatherings of people for burial services or a gravestone visit, etc.
    Adding a general photo to a cemetery
  2. Media item in collections other than Headstones
    Simply select a Cemetery as shown in the screenshot above.

The Cemetery Details Report

The report begins with a map and the primary cemetery photo. The map is always the full width of the page, and the photo is full-sized (up to the limits of the page), so they are pretty large, so they are drastically reduced in size and shown side-by-side (depending on the width of your browser window)

Cemeteries-report-map.jpg   Cemeteries-report-photo.jpg

Below the primary cemetery photo, you'll find the results tables that are the meat of the report.
Cemeteries-report-tables.jpg
None of these three tables use the pagination that is used in almost all other TNG reports. Even if you have hundreds of burials in a cemetery, they will all be shown on this one-page report.

Deleting Cemeteries

To delete one cemetery, use the Admin>>Cemeteries>>Search tab to locate the cemetery, then click on the Delete icon next to that cemetery record. The row will change color and then vanish as the cemetery is deleted. To delete more than one cemetery at a time, check the box in the Select column next to each cemetery to be deleted, then click the "Delete Selected" button at the top of the page.

Related Links

Mods that are specifically for the Cemetery pages Other mods that affect the Cemetery details report