Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"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."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Spotlighting "Ohiogravestones.org" -- 697 New Gravestone Photos Posted This Past Week

"Ohiogravestones.org" is an ever growing resource on the internet;  gaining 697 new Ohio gravestone photographs in the past week alone. 

You may wish to try your hand at using the advanced search offered on this website as I did this morning.  I searched just using the parameters of June 1, 2014 through July 16, 2014 for new gravestone photographs added during that timeframe; not using any other information for the search, and the result produced an alphabetic listing of 2,157 matches of gravestones that were added during that time.  

"Ohiogravestones.org" differs from "Find A Grave" in several ways. A photograph of a gravestone is required for posting on "Ohiogravestones.org" whereas that is not the case on "Find A Grave." 

 "Ohiogravestones.org" has each of Ohio's 88 counties set up with individual administrators who review your submissions before they are approved and posted.  "Find A Grave" offers 'instant posting' by member contributors.  However, because of this, there is the increased possibility for creating duplicates or other types of errors due to the lack of the 'extra pair of eyes' to review the information.  

To view the steps for submitting a gravestone photo on "Ohiogravestones.org": Click HERE.

"Ohiogravestones.org" is part of a much larger nationwide "Gravestone Photo Project":  Click HERE to read and learn more about gravestone photo project websites hosted by other states.

(gravestone photo above courtesy of Scott Andersen)

So, if you are searching for your ancestors' gravestone photos and have not found them yet, please remember to check "Ohiogravestones.org" because you just might find them there!

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