Does dowsing for graves really work? The Norfolk Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society seems to believe so and may have proof. A dowser has determined what is believed to be the location of the four corners of the old poorhouse cemetery in Simcoe, Ontario.
"No one has been able to tell us that before," said Irene Hopper, member of the Norfolk Chapter of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
It's an exciting advancement for the society, which has been working to map the lost graveyards of Norfolk County for several years. More than 140 have been found. In 2007, a dowser from Kitchener located about 50 unmarked graves at the old poorhouse cemetery.
The local genealogical society invited dowser Mae Leonard to help define the parameters of the burial ground at the former Norview Lodge site on Queensway West. She has located hundreds of unmarked graves.
You can read more in an article by Ashley House in the Expositor web site at http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1774775.