Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012
"The Association for Gravestone Studies"
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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no
bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity
as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."


A Straightened and Repaired Gravestone Restores Respect for the Deceased Person it Identifies

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sharing an Update: Ohio Cemetery Law Task Force Meeting Minutes of January 24, 2014


The Ohio Department of Real Estate and Professional Licensing has a link to Ohio Cemetery Law Task Force information on their website.  

 Click on the word "Resources" (between "News" and "Contact Us") toward the top of the main page.  

There is a main category heading at the top of the middle column entitled:  "Cemetery Law Task Force" which has the following sub-headings listed:  

"Members" "Meeting Schedule" and "Meeting Minutes" 
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The link does not open if you just click on the block to the right with the red background that shows the backs of rows of tombstones and the words "Cemetery Law Task Force" )

The formation of this Ohio Cemetery Law Task Force is an important step in the right direction toward furthering the cause for better cemetery preservation measures; hopefully for all cemeteries and burial grounds in the Buckeye State.  Their  recommendations for improvements and change will be presented to the Ohio legislature for enactment. 
 
 This is the first time to my knowledge that such a commission at the state government level has been created soley to meet and address the various and diverse issues of cemetery preservation. The cemetery task force members represent societies and organizations that have a direct interest in protecting and preserving gravestones and cemeteries in the Buckeye State.

The need is great and too much history has already been lost at the final resting places of our departed loved ones and ancestors.  

Endangered cemeteries and gravesites exist in every county in Ohio.
Sharing the Ohio Cemetery Law Task Force meeting minutes of January 24, 2014 below:  


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