NOTE: This article does not contain much genealogy information. However, it does describe one of the niftiest high-tech devices available today. Along the way, you can use this device to find hidden cemeteries, courthouses, old family homesteads, and much more.
About ten years ago I wrote an article on how to use online databases and low-cost GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers to find cemeteries, even tiny cemeteries on farms and other rural locations. I have used these devices to find cemeteries with only five tombstones, all overgrown with scrub brush.
That article has since taken on a life of its own. I have updated and re-published the article several times as GPS technology has evolved. It remains as one of the most-requested articles I have ever written. The search engine built into this newsletter's web site says that "GPS" is the most requested search term for this site. Obviously, genealogists find these devices useful or interesting.
For more information about GPS and what it can do for you, look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gps.
The devices I described ten years ago now seem primitive when compared to today's offerings. This week I had a chance to use the latest and one of the greatest portable GPS receivers available. It is tiny when compared to older units. It has many, many more features than GPS units I have described in the past. Yes, it still finds cemeteries. In fact, it even has many cemeteries listed in its internal database. One warning, however: it is no longer cheap.
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