1. Records from a burial ledger are entered into a simple Excel spreadsheet.
It is important the records contain the grave site number linked to a map of the cemetery.
2. In conjunction with the spreadsheet, a map of the cemetery showing grave site numbers is scanned.
This map is then converted into a digital line drawing using a programme such as AutoCAD.
3. These two datasets, the spreadsheet of burial records and the digital line drawing of the map,
are then entered into and linked using a Geographical Information System (GIS).
From the GIS, maps with any of the information contained in the spreadsheet such as Name,
DOB, Date of Death etc can easily be made.
4. If photographs are available then links to pictures of tombstones can be made on the GIS map.
5. To make the records available online the Excel spreadsheet is 'tablelised' into html using a freely available online tool.
This enables the records to be be easily displayed and searched without complicated and costly programming.