24 September 2014

Finding unmarked graves -- Radar & Dogs -- invaluable tools!

Finding graves where there are no tombstones, monuments, or any type of marker presents a challenge.

With many loved ones and ancestors not always buried where we can easily find them, technology and other techniques are being increasingly deployed to help us located where ancestors maybe buried.

We previously wrote about Using Radar To Do Cemetery Mapping and Find Unmarked Graves -- Fascinating! which explored using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).

A video was posted two days ago on the website of my local newspaper, Cadaver dogs find unmarked graves in historic Wilmington church cemetery which talks about using such dogs to “... search a historic Wilmington, NC, graveyard for unmarked graves. Although ground penetrating radar had been used, the dogs can search areas the technology could not reach. The dogs were helping the NC DOT find graves as a road widening project near the church/ graveyard frontage commenced.”

Of course, I then had to look and see what the precedent was for this and I came across Cherokee Tribune - Sixes UMC uses dogs to identify unmarked graves which talks about “A local church has enlisted some expert help in locating dozens of unmarked graves in its historic cemetery dating back to the 1830s.” An article from the summer about the same church, Unmarked graves found in old church grounds.

Here’s an article from Wyoming, Dogs help find unmarked graves at Douglas Cemetery.

Has a local-to-you graveyard or church or public cemetery used GPR or cadaver dogs to help identify the location of unmarked or undocumented graves?

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