© 2022 Cincinnati Public Radio
Connecting You to a World of Ideas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
91.7 WVXU Connecting you to a world of ideas with NPR news, local news from our award-winning team & music/entertainment programs heard only on public radio.

Cincinnati Cemetery Makes Grave Finding Easier With GPS

Ann Thompson
This Springfield Township cemetery says it's the first in Greater Cincinnati to use GPS to help people find specific graves.

Finding a specific grave can sometimes take awhile, especially if you haven't been to the cemetery in a long time. Springfield Township's Arlington Memorial Gardens has a new option to help you find your way using GPS.

Cemetery President and CEO Dan Applegate knows the challenge of locating a specific plot. Forty-nine thousand people are buried in the 165-acre memorial park.

Locating a grave at Arlington can be challenging because all of the markers are flat.

"So what would happen in the past, [people] would drive around and then kind of surrender and say, 'OK, we've got to go to the office and get a map,'" he says.

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU
Arlington CEO Dan Applegate says the feedback is good and people are saying, "This is cool!"

Arlington CEO Dan Applegate says the feedback is good and people are saying, "This is cool!" Credit Ann Thompson/WVXU

That's changed now since Arlington started working with webCemeteries.com. On the cemetery's website, users click on "locate a loved one" on a dropdown menu. It tells users which garden, what row, and in which plot to find their loved one.

So far, Applegate has gotten good feedback about the GPS. "It's hard to talk about innovation in cemeteries, but this is one of those innovations that I think is really good for the consumer."

Users will soon be able to use the website to view or leave memories about a loved one, too.

Webcemeteries.com is also working with Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Union Township, Clermont County. It has a downloadable app that makes grave finding easier.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.