Spatial Analysis of Historic Cemeteries: Using High Spatial Resolution Imagery as a Visual Aid

Richard E. Brooks, Daniel Unger, I-Kuai Hung

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Oak Grove Cemetery, located within the City of Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County Texas, is one of the earliest cemeteries in the county dating to the early 1800’s. Several historic Texans are interred within this cemetery including Thomas J. Rusk and Charles S. Taylor who was the great-great-grandfather of current United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Due to a fire circa 1910 many of the records for the original section of the cemetery were lost. In the summer of 2006, the GPS coordinates of each grave marker within the cemetery were plotted on a backdrop of 6 inch spatial resolution multispectral digital imagery using a Trimble GeoExplorer 3 GPS unit. The genealogical data from each marker were collected for spatial and genealogical analysis. By incorporating high spatial resolution digital imagery with GPS collected grave marker data we were able to use spatial analysis to display familial relationships and perform statistical analysis of this historic cemetery as well as recover much of the lost historical data while simultaneously creating an enhanced genealogical database for current and future ancestral queries.

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StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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