Tioga County Grave Mapping

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The Tioga County Grave Mapping project is a multi-faceted project being led by the Mansfield University Geo-sciences Department. The goal of this project is to create an online, searchable database of cemetery and grave locations in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, for public use.

This project includes using GIS for mapping and creating high resolution map applications, as well as using imagery collected from UAVs, for each of the 273 known cemetery locations in the county. The high resolution maps can then be used to map the currently known grave locations, as well as locations of possible unknown or clandestine graves. These locations can then be further mapped and analyzed for soil disruptions using ground penetrating radar (GPR).

The mapping applications can also be used by families or genealogists to learn more about their relatives buried in the county. This will also provide local veteran organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion the ability to view maps of veteran’s graves. They would be able to use this information to place flags at all veterans graves for memorial day.

Contacts

Project Faculty Advisor: Andy Shears

Project Student Leader: Jesse Olson

 

Recent Grave Mapping Blog Posts

  • MU Geosciences at the 2016 Showcase of Scholarship - The Department of Geosciences once again had an impressive representation at the 2016 Mansfield University Showcase of Scholarship on April 20.  Here is a selection of the projects presented during the Showcase.  Click on any poster or image below to…
  • Cemetery Project Presentation at Mansfield University Showcase of Student Scholarship - On April 20, 2016 I presented two research project posters at the Mansfield University Showcase of Student Scholarship. The first of my presentations for the cemetery project is a poster on the process and methodology of using the ESRI Collector App to…
  • Collecting Grave data at Whitneyville Cemetery - Today we went to the Whitneyville Cemetery to start working on collecting the data from the grave markers. We used an app on our phones called the ArcGIS collector app. This app allowed us, with the use of the UAV…
  • New Methodology Test for Cemetery Field Collection - Recently on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, a group of colleagues and I went to the Whitneyville Cemetery, in Charleston Township, Pennsylvania to test a new method of field data collection. This was the first true field test of a methodology…
  • Project Methodology Update - Recently we have started to map out and use the Collector app on some of the larger cemeteries close to campus. One issue that we have noticed is this, even with a group of people out in the field and…
  • Cemetery Project Proposal - This is a finalized project proposal presented at midterm for the Tioga County Grave Mapping project.
  • Cemetery Project GPR Poster Presentation at the Northeast GSA - On March 23, 2016 Cecil Cooper, Lee Stocks and I attended the Northeast Regional Meeting of The Geologic Society of America (GSA) in Albany, NY to present a poster on the use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in conducting clandestine…
  • Cemetery Project Update 2/15/2016 - Progress Update Since the last project update, I have been working on UAV Image processing for the imagery collected during the fall of 2015. Once the images are process I will be creating the high resolution base maps for each…
  • Cemetery Mapping Project Update - Project Outline and Outcomes The end result or goal for this project is to create and compile a database of cemetery and burial information in a user friendly and searchable online public application for all 273 cemeteries in Tioga County,…
  • MU Geosciences at the 2015 Showcase of Scholarship - The Department of Geosciences at Mansfield University has an impressive eleven students presenting posters at this year’s campus Showcase of Scholarship!  The showcase, on Wednesday, April 22, 9am to 3pm in Alumni Hall, showcases research and other scholarly activity conducted during…