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."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lakewood Park Cemetery - Rocky River, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Update

Expressing my appreciation to Dawn Bleyle Luehrs and Robert John Luehrs for contacting me with additional information about their Schmitt and Geiger relatives that I had posted on the web site "Findagrave.com" in response to photo requests.

This is one example of how "FAG" - "Findagrave.com" - can work in multiple ways when you are searching for death information of relatives and ancestors. It is my favorite memorial site and it is growing daily!

Below is the information provided by Dawn and Robert:

"Florence Bertha SCHMITT [20 Mar 1889 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio - 10 Jan 1974 Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio] is my husband Robert John Luehr's great grandmother.
Florence married Harry William GEIGER [9 Oct 1888 Parma, Cuyahoga, Ohio - Feb 1946 Cuyahoga, Ohio].

Florence and Harry's daughter Ruth Marguerite GEIGER married my husband Robert's grandfather Frederick Urban LUEHRS.

Florence and Harry's son, Harry Donald GEIGER [17 Apr 1919 Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio - 6 Apr 1934 Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio] who is interred at Lakewood Park Cemetery with his parents, died at the age of 14 years, 11 months, and 19 days, after being struck by an auto while skating on a public road on 5 Apr 1934."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gilboa Cemetery - Paint Township - Highland County, Ohio - New Book published by Marianna Kerns Morgan

Marianna Kerns Morgan of Chillicothe, Ohio has published a new book entitled:

"GILBOA CEMETERY - A Story of the Lives, the Accomplishments, the Final Resting Place of Many of the Early Settlers of Paint Twp., Highland Co., Ohio, and Descendants"

Marianna Morgan's new "Gilboa Cemetery" book's title is befitting of the detailed descriptions and photographs found on every page of this one-of-a-kind publication containing 336 pages with twelve-page full name index.
I can personally say that in all my years of reading cemetery inscriptions publications and viewing internet sites offering burial information, the format and in-depth biographies offered in Marianna's "Gilboa Cemetery" book surpasses any I've ever seen.
Congratulations Marianna, on "Gilboa Cemetery"!

Obviously, a phenomenal publication, "Gilboa Cemetery" will serve as a premier resource for anyone researching the lives of those who rest in peace at this special burial ground.

Marianna is offering her book for sale.
The "Gilboa Cemetery" brochure is shown below (click on brochure to enlarge it):

...And, below are representative pages that give a glimpse of the scope of material covered in the "Gilboa Cemetery" book:

I extend my appreciation to you, Marianna, for all of your time and tireless work to bring so many nearly lost life stories to light of those who ultimately found peace and rest at the Gilboa Cemetery.

In "Ohio Cemeteries - 1803 - 2003" (K. Roger Troutman, Editor) published by the Ohio Genealogical Society, on page 289, is the listing for Gilboa Cemetery: " GILBOA (5305) - Location: Southwest off TR 319A. Between CR 84A and SR 138. On the bank of Fall Creek. COORD: 39◦ 16’ 18.82” N, 83◦ 27’ 8.65” W – Greenfield. ODRE: 981042-T"

Massillon Cemetery Walking Tour - July 25, 2009

(Sorry for the late notice about this tour, I just learned about it today)
Click on title to learn more about the Massillon Cemetery
Information from the Massillon, Ohio Chamber of Commerce web site:
Massillon Cemetery Walking Tour
July 25, 2009 - 1:00pm
Meander with Margy Vogt among trees and monuments to learn about memorable Massillonians.
Sponsored by Massillon/Westark Tourism Council.
Cost: $5 Reservations
Location: 1827 South Erie Street
(Park on Erie Street not in cemetery)
Contact: 330-832-8469

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pickaway County Historical & Genealogical Society

Click on title to access the publications portion of the website for the Pickaway County Historical and Genealogical Society of Pickaway County, Ohio.
Below are details of cemetery related materials offered for sale by the PCHGL:

by Mayberry; Cemetery oddities, tales of grave robbing, and other miscellaneous information regarding death & dying
Spiral Bound
$18.00 - Price
$1.26 - Tax
$3.50 - P & H
$22.76 - Total

updates all cemeteries East of Scioto
Spiral Bound
$18.00 - Price
$1.26 - Tax
$3.00 - P & H
$22.26 - Total

by Mayberry, Indexed
Spiral Bound
$15.00 - Price
$1.05 - Tax
$3.50 - P&H
$19.55 - Total

by Mayberry, Indexed
Spiral Bound
$20.00 - Price
$1.40 - Tax
$3.50 - P&H
$24.90 - Total

Pickaway County Newspapers
$10.00 - Price
$0.70 - Tax
$2.50 - P&H
$13.20 - Total

422 pp., indexed
$22.00 - Price
$1.54 - Tax
$4.00 - P&H
$27.54 - Total

by Mayberry
Spiral Bound
$15.00 - Price
$1.05 - Tax
$4.00 - P&H
$20.05 - Total

by Mayberry, new burials, corrections, additional information
Spiral Bound
$20.00 - Price
$1.40 - Tax
$3.00 - P&H
$24.40 - Total

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Butler County, Ohio Cemeteries

Click on title to link to a wonderful site covering a wide range of information about cemeteries, obituaries and tombstone projects in Butler County, Ohio.

Some links, such as those found under the "Searching For Relatives" and "Other Cemetery Lists and Searches" headings include "broken links." Otherwise, this is an interesting site to explore if your cemetery research interests lie in Butler County, Ohio.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Portsmouth Library On-line tombstone photographs

From the web site of the Portsmouth Library (Scioto County) Ohio:

"Donated by Carl and Jo Koenig
There are 2695 images in this gallery
Last updated: Mon, 12/15/2008 - 1:41pm"

Friday, July 10, 2009

Lakewood Park Cemetery - Rocky River - Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Lakewood Park Cemetery - 22025 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 (440) 333-1922 - contains burials of several well known local people; markers for a few are shown below:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Click on title to access the website: Cemeteryindex.com

The site offers search by surname records for:

Mt. Washington Cemetery - Cincinnati, (Hamilton County) Ohio
Thew Cemetery - Caledonia, (Marion County) Ohio
Haldeman Cemetery - Steam Corners, (Morrow County) Ohio
Maple Grove Union Cemetery - Mechanicsburg, (Champaign County) Ohio

Wayne County (Ohio) Cemetery Preservation Society

Click on title to link to the Wayne County (Ohio) Cemetery Preservation Society.
The following information is abstracted from the Wayne County Preservation Society's web site:

"Genealogical Research Requests"

"WCCPS is always ready to help when a cemetery is threatened or someone has a cemetery related question, but please do not submit your requests for personal research at this time. We are still busy reading, recording and researching the tombstone inscriptions in all sixteen Wayne County townships. Until our job is complete, we encourage you to contact the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio for genealogical requests. WCCPS is dedicating its time toward gathering information in order to be able to present to the public in the near future the most accurate and complete listing of burials within the borders of Wayne County, Ohio. Although we cannot take time to disseminate information, we do welcome incoming information such as the history of a church or cemetery, church or private burial records, word of a lost cemetery or the knowledge of a person’s burial without a tombstone or marker."
Links located on the site:

The Forgotten Ones Preserving our history.
WCCPS Invited to Seneca County Assisting other groups.
Students Looking for Graves Positive association with the College of Wooster.
Graveyard Preservation Some suggestions by Lynette Strangstad."

Monday, July 6, 2009

PBS History Detectives Program of July 6, 2009 - "Cemetery Alarm"

Click on title to be taken to the PDF transcription of the segment of the PBS program, "History Detectives" that aired Monday, July 6, 2009 about a "Cemetery Alarm" invention which had connections to the state of Ohio and the county of Pickaway, in particular.

The following is taken from the PBS webite about this segment of the program:

AIRING: Season 7, Episode 3
THE PLACE: Michigan, Ohio

"History Detectives tackles the case of a man who collects war munitions and has snapped up an item at an estate auction that looked like a Civil War-era weapon.

On closer inspection, and after consulting with other collectors, he decides he has a grave alarm, an explosive device meant to guard against grave robbers. Is this a grave alarm?

History Detectives unearths tales of body snatching and cadaver dissecting, unusual crimes and the most unlikely suspects.
Feature: Body Snatching Around The World

Find out about the dark practice of body snatching and it's history."

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!

Let's take a moment to reflect on everything Fourth of July means to us remembering the sacrifices others have made so we could enjoy today with our family and friends amid the fun and fireworks.
Click on the title to be taken to the home page of the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.
Please visit your cemetery or cemeteries of choice if you can today, or soon, and stop at a veteran's grave and say "thank you"! I know they will hear you.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Ohio Genealogical Society - Cemetery Vertical Files

(Click on title for Ohio Cemetery names listed in alphabetical order by county name)
"The Ohio Genealogical Society -- the Premier Ohio Family Heritage Resource
713 South Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44907-1644
(419) 756-7294"

From the Ohio Genealogical Society's web site about their extensive county-by-county cemetery vertical files held at the Ohio Genealogical Society's library in Mansfield, Ohio:

"Ohio Genealogical Society Library"
"Cemetery Vertical Files"

"The following is a list of transcriptions of Ohio cemeteries that are found in the Ohio cemetery vertical files, arranged by county, at The Ohio Genealogical Society Library, Mansfield. These may or may not have been published in other sources. Volunteers did not record cemeteries in these files if they had been photocopied from published articles in the OGS periodicals OGS Quarterly (formerly The Report and Ohio Records and Pioneer Families. The two volunteers who completed 99% of the project were Frances Baker and Don Wenner. Typed by Tom Neel, Librarian."