Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Spotlighting the contributions and achievements of Krista Horrocks, Project Reviews Manager, at the Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office

I will fall far short here listing and describing all of the achievements Krista Horrocks - Project Reviews Manager of the Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office that have advanced the cause of cemetery preservation in Ohio.  However, it is my pleasure to try by at least focusing on some of Krista's more recent ones. 


Krista has been quite active advocating for the full conservation of the Old Fredericktown Cemetery in Knox County, Ohio including conducting hands-on preservation work at the cemetery.  Krista has created a Facebook Page devoted to this early Ohio cemetery enabling followers to keep updated of the progress.


Krista is a contributing member of the Association for Gravestone Studies as well as the Ohio Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies


Krista has given presentations at Ohio Genealogical Society conferences and at some of its chapter monthly meetings.


Please note, there is an upcoming meeting at the Morrow County, Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society - August 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.:
"Join us as Krista Horrocks, Archeologist with the Ohio History Connection , presents Ohio Cemeteries 101. Do you have questions about an old cemetery? This is your opportunity to ask those questions and learn about cemetery preservation, access, laws, and more."


Also, visit the Ohio Archaeological Counsel's website where you can learn more about what Krista has been doing.:

"Human Burial Places Protection. Work on this matter with the Ohio History Connection (OHC) and its State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) continues. It is listed as a priority for the Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in OHC’s 2021 – 2031 Strategic Plan

Ohio Archaeological Council (OAC) member and SHPO staffer Krista Horrocks wrote an article titled “Ohio Cemeteries are in Grave Danger: A Call to Action” in the September-October 2021 issue of OHC’s Echoes Magazine."



"S. 3667/H.R. 6805, African American (AA) Burial Grounds Preservation Program. Introduced February 16, 2022, by Ohio Senator Brown and Utah Sen. Romney, and referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On February 22, a bipartisan companion bill, H.R. 6805, was introduced in the House and referred to its Committee on Natural Resources. It has six cosponsors, including Ohio Rep. Beatty. The bills would establish a program at the National Park Service to provide grant opportunities and technical assistance to local partners to research, identify, survey, and preserve these burial grounds 


Senator Brown’s office contacted Tonetti requesting information on AA burial grounds in northern Ohio. He sent his office some useful information. Krista Horrocks at SHPO is compiling relevant information for all of Ohio for Senator Brown." 



I wish to take this opportunity to offer my personal appreciation to Krista Horrocks for her so kindly nominating me for the Association for Gravestone Studies' Oakley Certificate of Merit for 2022.  Her thoughtful and generous gesture resulted in my receiving this prestigious award.  Krista's information submitted for consideration included mentions of this blog which began in 2008, and the Facebook Group "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" which was created in 2013.

Additionally, Krista attended the A.G.S. Conference and graciously accepted the Oakley Certificate of Merit on my behalf.  

Thank you Krista!


Below are some photographs captured from a video taken during Krista's acceptance speech on June 18, 2022 during the A.G.S. Conference.:  


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Friday, June 10, 2022

Cemetery Preservation Committee Update from the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve - Homer Taft, Committee Chair

 "Cemetery Preservation Committee"

by Homer Taft, Committee Chair

"The Cemetery Preservation Committee has inventoried all the available old records at West Park Cemetery and is planning the inventory of those stored at Highland Park.  

There are both alphabetical indexes and lot books of the original grave interment locations that have never been scanned and have additional burials and other valuable information.   

We are developing a plan in cooperation with the Cleveland Public Library Digital Lab to scan over 100 volumes of material, approximately 10,000 pages, and file drawers full of record cards and maps.  

We will need hundreds of volunteer hours to accomplish this task. To volunteer, please email Homer Taft at hstaft@yahoo.com.

We are also trying to build awareness and resources to locate buried monuments, re-set and restore monuments, and better maintain all our cemeteries. Our primary focus initially will be preserving records and documenting monuments and markers on Find A Grave. 

Longer term, we hope to assist local groups to organize to take responsibility for stewardship of local cemeteries and involve descendants of the interred, cemetery neighbors, and history groups to preserve and maintain the cemeteries."