Finding Lost Graves with Ground Penetrating Radar

If you are like me, you’ve discovered that in the not too distant past, one or more of your ancestors burial location is unknown or as my sexton friend calls […]

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If you are like me, you’ve discovered that in the not too distant past, one or more of your ancestors burial location is unknown or as my sexton friend calls it, “Gone Missing.”

I first heard that term in my quest when I asked a sexton in Massachusetts if he knew where my great granduncle was buried in the cemetery.  “Nope.”  “He’s gone missing.”

His comment raised my eyebrows and being a child of the “B” horror movie culture by accident, not by choice, visions of grave robbers, ghouls and zombies flooded through my mind no matter how hard I tried to remain soberly focused on his honest response.

Fortunately for many families, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is frequently used in cemetery to find lost graves today.  In most cases, more graves are found than was anticipated at the start of the project.

Mapping unmarked graves.

 

Horry County Cemetery Project
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Family history research is a favored avenue of relaxation. It is a Sherlock-like activity that can continue almost anywhere at any time. By leveraging a lifetime involvement in technology, my research efforts have resulted in terabytes of ancestral data, earning me the moniker of Lineagekeeper. And yes - We are all related to Royalty.