Friday, May 27, 2016


New information found today in the Thames Star newspaper confirms the naming of the street adjacent to the Shortland Cemetery. It was known by many as cemetery Street, but this was found to be not so desirable. The Council in 1976 agreed therefor to change the name officially to DANBY STREET in honour of Mr Stan Danby.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thames (NZ): TCDC new Cemetery Search by SURNAME

Continuing on from the previous post:
When using the new Cemetery database, you will have noticed that entering a SURNAME in the top search box doesn't always give you all the possibilities. Also, if you enter only part of a person's name they will not show.

For example...if I enter "DOUGLAS BARKER" there are no results. Change it to full name "DOUGLAS OWEN BARKER" and a result appears.

Thanks to Graeme for finding out how to get a full SURNAME SEARCH for all TCDC cemeteries.

Steps to finding all names of a given SURNAME:

1. Click the LAYER list on the left-hand side (like stack of 3 papers)

2. Left click on down arrow at end of CEMETERY NAME SEARCH, click on OPEN ATTRIBUTE TABLE

3. Go to map area and left click the drop down arrow to right of OPTIONS. Select FILTER. A new box opens, select ADD FILTER SELECTION.

4. There are different Search options. Choose SURNAME. Then type in the surname you are searching and click OK.

You can also add more search options by clicking ADD AN EXPRESSION add first names or combinations. But this is just an extra, stick to basics first till you have found your way around this complex search engine!!!

5. Now you will have some names in the bottom table. To get full list click on FILTER BY MAP EXTENT. I now have 24 Surnames to scroll through - to view any double left click the chosen name and they appear in the main map area.

6. Downloading A CSV file of your search result. Click on first name in the list, then scroll down to the last. Holding the SHIFT key, left click on the last in the list. Go back to the OPTIONS button and click the Drop arrow - Select EXPORT SELECTED TO CSV. Sample of a file below.

Keep experimenting and I'm sure we will find ways to make this process easier!!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thames (NZ): TCDC new Cemetery Search

If you are like me, you will have been struggling to make any headway with the new TCDC cemetery search.  I was using Internet Explorer 10, but found that when I got to Step 5, all the options were not showing. Experimented using GOOGLE CHROME and hey presto it works! So if you are not seeing all the options you may need to use an alternate browser - there are several alternatives. Special thanks to the very helpful receptionist at TCDC who helped me through these here goes:

1. You may start at the Cemetery information page

Scroll down to Search our online SMART Maps Cemetery viewer and click

2. Click on the cemeteries photo  (see right what it looks like)

3. The opening screen, a map of the Coromandel Peninsula will open and you are at the cemetery search site.

4. Far left hover over the symbol that says LAYERS (like stacks of paper), click on it and tick all the options
5. At the top middle of the page is the SEARCH BOX with "FIND ADDRESS OR PLACE"
Click on the drop down arrow and select NAME SEARCH
As you start typing the FIRSTNAME you will see all the 'possibles' and can select one at any STAGE. I used MARIA BARKER. Interestingly if you just enter a surname they do not all appear, but using firstname then surname you will see all the names.

6. Now DOUBLE-CLICK on the plot highlighted in orange. The pop-up box has changed and has arrow at top, also information about cemetery and plot can be seen.
7. For more information you can use the right arrow (ie for this search there are 1 of 4)
Then click on SHOW RELATED RECORDS at the bottom of the pop-up then see further burial, age details etc...

8. Now the feature I missed most was being able to see the actual satellite image of the cemetery to help with location. To get this view click the FOUR SQUARES (Basemap Gallery) underneath the top search box. Select New Zealand Imagery.
Now you will have a SATELLITE Image in the top right inset box, click on the MAXIMISE SYMBOL and you will now see I have an aerial view indicating where Maria's grave is.

Hope that helps and allows you to experiment and find perhaps easier ways of using the new search facility.

***New post 11 May 2016 that searches by SURNAME to give full list***