Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Cemeteries

This is a post I started working on years ago. There’s a Wichita, Kansas cemetery, Highland Cemetery – BillionGraves:; Find-A-Grave: considered to be the first one according to many records. It was abandoned by its owners in the early 1980s and turned over to the City of Wichita. The previous owners had a spotty history of documenting burials so the city won’t allow new burials unless the plot was purchased before the owners abandoned it.  It’s estimated that over 16,700 burials have taken place in the cemetery.

Here is the city’s site for Highland: – about 126 results although some are budget related.

It is this cemetery that I would like to find somebody willing to use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to document where people were buried and determine how much of the cemetery is still available for new burials. I don’t know how much it would cost, but the last time I checked a few years ago, the price wasn’t cheap.

Here are a number of links about using GPR in cemeteries:

Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Unmarked Graves in Historic Cemeteries (2017 article):

Ground Penetrating Radar For Locating Unmarked Graves (believe 2018 article):

Cemetery Mapping and Grave Mapping Services (articles from 2013 – 2018 with a few that I did not see a date):

Finding Graves in Cemeteries (no date on link):


The “Bone Finder” uses ground-penetrating radar to find lost graves at Congressional:

Locating Graves:

The above links were found using my least favorite search engine. There are plenty of others, including one dating back to 2005.


About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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