CEMETERY MANAGEMENT & CELEBRATION OF LIFE SOFTWARE
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WHAT IS THE EASIEST WAY TO MAP YOUR CEMETERY?
Mapping a cemetery can vary in complexity depending on the size and layout of the cemetery and the level of detail you want to include. Here are some steps you can follow to map a cemetery:
1. Plan and Prepare:
Before you start mapping, it's helpful to plan your approach. Determine the boundaries of the cemetery and decide how detailed you want your map to be.
Make sure you have permission to map the cemetery, as some may have restrictions on photography or mapping activities.
2. Gather Tools:
You'll need some basic tools for mapping, such as a measuring tape, a compass, and possibly a GPS device or smartphone with mapping apps. Capturing GPS coordinates is especially important for cemetery management software and online, interactive mapping.
You may also want to bring a camera or sketchpad to document details of the cemetery.
3. Walk the Cemetery:
Walk through the cemetery, noting the layout of the graves, pathways, trees, and other landmarks.
Use your measuring tape or GPS device to measure distances between graves or plot out the dimensions of the cemetery. This will become very useful if you plan to digitize your cemetery.
4. Document Details:
Take notes or photographs of any important details, such as the names and dates on grave markers, the types of graves (e.g., headstones, mausoleums), and any unique features of the cemetery.
5. Create a Map:
Once you've gathered all the necessary information, you can create a map of the cemetery.
You can use mapping software, like EverArk, or apps like Google Earth, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software, or even simple drawing tools to create your map.
Include labels for graves, pathways, and landmarks to make the map easy to understand.
6. Review and Revise:
After creating the initial map, review it for accuracy and completeness.
Make any necessary revisions or additions to ensure that the map accurately represents the cemetery.
7. Share or Publish:
Depending on your purpose for mapping the cemetery, you may want to share the map with others, such as genealogists, historians, or the local community.
You can publish the map online using EverArk's cemetery management software, in a local history book, or in other formats to make it accessible to others who may be interested.