"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:
- Associate headstone photos with a cemetery, cemetery plot information, and a status.
- Display a report of headstones in a cemetery.
- Associate an image (perhaps a cemetery map; perhaps a cemetery photography) with a cemetery, and
- 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.||Has geocoordinates.|
|Can be an informal graveyard, a mausoleum, a church crypt, etc.||Can be just a town, county, state, country (e.g. "England") if that's all you know about where a person is buried). Can also specify a cemetery, an informal graveyard, a mausoleum, a church crypt, etc.|
|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 a Placename whose name includes the same cemetery. (See XYZ)||Cannot be linked to a Cemetery.|
|Headstone Photos can link directly to a Cemetery, using a field in the Media table. The Media Item-to-Cemetery link exists, of course, in every Media record, but it is visible in the Edit Media form only for Media Items that whose MediatypeID is "headstones". As with all aspects of Cemetery records, links to Cemeteries cannot be defined in GEDCOM.|| Any Media Item can be linked to any Place record (or multiple place records), through the Medialinks table. Links are defined in the "Media Links" section of the Edit Media form. Links from Media Items to Places cannot be defined in Gedcom files.
"Media Links" Could be associated with headstone photos (in TNG, not GEDCOM), but there are no reports other than the reports available for all place names. (For instance, you can list all people who were buried in a given place, but that report doesn't include as much data as the "All Burials in a Cemetery" report.)
When a placename that includes a cemetery name is entered into your database (whether through data entry or GEDCOM import), an associated Cemetery 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 focus on cemeteries with close family members and/or cemeteries with large numbers of burials.
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.
The image associated with the cemetery will be displayed in Cemetery reports, but not Place reports.
To add a general cemetery photo, you need to add the photo to the Media Headstone collection and then instead of linking it to an individual in the Edit Media screen, check the box that says Link this media directly to the selected cemetery Provided by Roger Moffat on the TNG Forum as answer to question.
To delete one cemetery, use the 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.