Developers and individuals could also look at the information before deciding to buy land, he said.
Sowder said he is often contacted by people looking for where their ancestors are buried. He uses the cemetery map that already exists to help them find the area, but some are located away from the roadways. When this project is complete, he will be able to give them the longitude and latitude of the burial sites to help people find more obscure sites, such as those in the middle of pastures.
Adams and Sowder have plotted a few of the county’s burial sites already, including the Cox-Morgan Cemetery off South Dixie Road.
“Within a couple of days (of plotting it) we got an e-mail from someone looking for that cemetery,” Sowder said. “His great-grandfather was buried there and he couldn’t find it. We gave the guy the GPS coordinates so he could find it.”
The project “has a lot of good uses,” he said. “Anyone with a GPS can go right to any cemetery (in Whitfield County).”
Judy Alderman, president of the Prater’s Mill Foundation and member of the preservation commission, is glad to see the project being done.
“We have two different sites here at Prater’s Mill with no tombstones,” she said. “They’re recording places like that without tombstones.”
The Quillian Cemetery, which is off Dawnville Road in a field, contains the burial site of a Revolutionary War Soldier, Alderman said.
The project will also plot the larger, well-marked cemeteries, such as West Hill and Antioch, as well as church cemeteries, Sowder said.