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Finding Unmarked Burials

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Ground penetrating radar for cemeteries Cemeteries are home to a lot of history, with many US cemeteries having been around for hundreds of years. The passage of time affects each cemetery differently. Thanks to meticulous record-keeping and oversight, some historic cemeteries have pristine records. These cemeteries are, unfortunately, the exception and not the rule. The […]

Finding Unmarked Graves

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Finding Unmarked Graves in the news from Wisconsin Public Radio. We talk with a UW-Eau Claire professor who uses deep ground penetrating radar to detect mass graves containing the remains of people who disappeared in clashes a half century ago. Featured in this Episode Finding Unmarked Graves from Wisconsin Public Radio Want to know more? […]

Ground Penetrating Radar Detects Unmarked Graves

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Ground-penetrating radar is the technology behind the identification of what are believed to be unmarked burial sites, including for the remains of children, on the grounds of former residential schools. The process gives communities the first physical evidence of possible graves, but it is not well understood. And that misunderstanding is being used to fuel […]

Cemetery GPR Scanning

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Cemetery GPR Scanning? A Brief Guide! Cemetery GPR Scanning – what is it? GPR stands for Ground Penetrating Radar. This technology allows us to scan the ground to see what is hidden beneath the surface. It’s a non-invasive method of detecting objects buried deep in soil, sand, or gravel. Archaeologists and other scientists use cemetery […]

Finding Unmarked Graves at Cemetery

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Finding unmarked graves in the news as reported by The McDonald County Press. Joyce Haynes of the Shelt Noel Cemetery Board said 46 unmarked graves were recently discovered at the cemetery. The board hired Scott Field of Via Vista Mapping, a GIS web map specialist, to bring ground-penetrating radar to search for unmarked graves. Haynes […]


Historic cemetery needing cemetery mapping

There are many challenges that come with effectively operating a cemetery due to a lack of cemetery mapping: INCOMPLETE, INACCURATE, AND CONFUSING DOCUMENTATION  In many communities, cemetery data is documented in spreadsheets, handwritten and typed books, coffee-stained maps, and even only known by one individual. Managing a cemetery with this kind of disjointed data can […]

Cemetery Mapping News – Brandon South Dakota

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Cemetery mapping news: If you’re driving past the Brandon Lutheran Cemetery this week, you might see a strange man with strange equipment walking the grounds in the blazing heat.  This man is Scott Field, owner of ViaVista Mapping, who is digitally mapping all of the marked and unmarked graves at the Brandon cemetery located along […]


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In January 2022, we completed a digital burial plot map at the Glencoe-Geiger Cemetery, which is located on Sugar Mill Dr. between S.R. 44 and Pioneer Trail west of New Smyrna Beach. The land was donated to the Geiger family for a cemetery by the Smith family that is buried there. The cemetery is primarily […]



Are you in charge of a private or public cemetery?  Do you have missing or incorrect records that are causing major issues? ViaVista Mapping has the cemetery management solution for you!  We offer affordable options for creating maps of your cemetery, using state-of-the art equipment and software, that will help manage and develop your memorial […]



Set in the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania, this cemetery is behind what is currently Zion Church, although historically the church was called Lewistown Union (Lutheran and Reformed) Church.  Burials took place there as early as 1855, and the transcriptions appear under “Lewistown Union Cemetery” in Schuylkill County Archives, Volume I” by Rice and Dellock.  […]