Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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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."

Monday, August 31, 2009

DARKE COUNTY, OHIO RESEARCHERS - Cemetery Photo Project

Click on Title to access Darke County, Ohio Researchers Cemetery Photo Project

"DARKE COUNTY RESEARCHERS
Cemetery Photo Project
Contains photos, maps, USGS index, contact information, etc.
Click on image or caption to open cemetery page"

Friday, August 28, 2009

Greenfield Ohio - site for Greenfield Cemetery Records and Cemetery Wall Slide Show of Old Burying Ground in Greenfield

Click on title to be directed to the Greenfield Cemetery Records Page on the "GreenfieldOhio.net" site which contains over 12,000 records of burials on-line.
Also, scroll down further for information about the restoration efforts through May of 2009 at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield including a cemetery wall slide show.
Earlene Scott of Greenfield's Historical Society has been extensively involved with the restoration efforts of the wall and provided the photographs.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Remembering Edna Pugh Lombard of Gomer, Ohio

Click on title to link to "Findagrave.com" memorial for Edna (Pugh) Lombard, daughter of Benjamin F. and Catherine E. (Watkins) Lombard of Gomer, Ohio. She is buried next to her parents at the Pike Run Cemetery in Gomer, (Allen County) Ohio.

Edna Pugh was married to Harry Lombard who was a younger brother to my grandmother, Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes.
About two weeks after giving birth to their daughter, Melba, Edna died. Her obituary is quite sad to read and I wanted to share it.
Edna's life was short, but she left a beautiful daughter, Melba, who lived to be 90 years old.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Coshocton Ohio - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery

Click on title to link to a story from the August 10, 2009 "Coshocton Tribune" about Boy Scout, Andrew Frank, and how his 268 hours of labor at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery not only vastly improved the cemetery but enabled him to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.
Extending my thank you to Andrew and to all of the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts in Ohio who have worked so hard for the betterment of our Buckeye State's almost forgotten cemeteries.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lorain County Chapter Tombstone Photo Project Instructions

Most recent information from the website of the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society:
"It's the goal of our Chapter to place every tombstone in our county on our website. Your involvement will make this project a reality and quicken the process!!So we are requesting your help in photographing tombstones.
Your contact person is Kathy Gies.
440-647-0524
ktqlts2008@gmail.com
PO Box 865
Elyria, OH 44035-0865
Instructions:
Inform Kathy of the cemetery or part of a cemetery you are willing to photograph.

Remember to take a friend or family member with you for safety reasons.

If your camera has a Portrait setting please use this to increase the focus on the stone and not surroundings. This is a better setting than landscape mode for this purpose.
Take digital photos on sunny or partly cloudy days and do not make any adjustments to them.

Watch the glossy stones as your image may reflect on their surface and show up on the photo.
If you need to take the picture from a slight angle to avoid reflections.

Photos are to be taken of all stones; standing, fallen, broken, illegible.

Keep photos organized and submitted by cemetery name.
When submitting photos include your name and contact info so we can thank you for your work."

If you already have stone photos in your collection how about sharing them. Printed photos can be scanned and e-mailed / copied and snail mailed.

CDs should be mailed to the Chapter address stated above. ** Remember many hands make the work light and easier!
So plan on joining this great effort! **

Friday, August 14, 2009

Remembering my Aunt Mary Stella Zagorsky Stitak of Lorain, Ohio

Click on title for link to Mary Stitak's Findagrave memorial:
This photograph above was taken around 1965, my Aunt Mary at left, and my mother with my dog "Teddy" being held by my father, Harry Limes, at our home around Christmas time - 208 Arizona Avenue, Lorain, Ohio. Our home was torn down in 2004 for the Harborwalk Development. My mother, Virginia Zagorsky Limes died on February 3, 1995 and my father, Harry Limes, died on March 22, 1988


This photograph above was taken around 1965 at my Aunt Mary's house on the corner of West 30th Street and Reid Avenue in Lorain, Ohio. My mother, Virginia Zagorsky Limes, was seated far left, then me (Linda), next to me is my father, Harry Limes, and seated far right was Aunt Mary's son and my cousin, John (Johnny) Stitak (May 6, 1941 - March 7, 2002). I think we all looked great in good old black and white!

This photograph above was taken on June 15, 2002 on the occasion of the wedding of my Aunt's Mary's grandson, Jason Stitak to Carol Langer. I am kneeling next to her. Aunt Mary was about a month shy of turning 90.
There has been some controversy over the years if my Aunt Mary was born on August 14 or August 15, however, my mother and my Aunt Irene both have insisted that their sister's birthday was August 14, so I have always considered her birthday to be August 14. She was baptized on September 1, 1912 at St. Stanislaus Church in Lorain, Ohio.

Below is from Mary Stitak's obituary:

Mary Stitak was a life long resident of Lorain.
Until her death she was a resident of Oak Hill Nursing Home, Lorain,Ohio.

Mary was a custodian for the Lorain School System for 21 years, retiring in 1977.
She was a homemaker, wonderful cook and baker. Mary enjoyed crafting including crocheting and making quilts, and especially creating beautiful ceramic pieces.
She was a member of the School Employees Retirement Organization, American Association of Retired Persons and Senior Citizens of Lorain, member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church is Lorain,Ohio, and Mary was a former member of both Holy Trinity and St. John the Baptist Catholic Churches in Lorain.
At the time of her death, her son, Leonard Stitak of Lorain, survived her and several nieces and nephews.
Also surviving were sisters Irene Ferner (Floyd) of Elyria, and Theresa Lieb (Brendon) of Lorain,Ohio, and 3 grandchildren(2009). (Theresa Lieb passed away on July 12, 2007.)
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Stitak, sons, Gerald Stitak (who died December 31, 1939), and John Stitak (who died March 7, 2002).
Mary Stitak's parents were Andrew and Josephine Szczepankiewicz Zagorsky. Her brothers were: Joseph, Frank, Edward, Alex, Floyd, and Stanley, all deceased.
At the time of her death, Mary's deceased sisters: Helen Hendry (David) and Virginia Limes (Harry) of Lorain, Ohio.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lorain County Genealogical Society Update

Click on title to access the "Cemetery and Tombstone Photographs" section of the website for the Lorain County Genealogical Society.
Kathy Gies is the webmaster and she is accepting photographs of tombstones for those buried at Lorain County cemeteries. Kathy can be contacted at ktqlts2008@gmail.com for further information.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fayette County Ohio - New web address on OhioGenWeb

Click on title to access Fayette County, Ohio on "OhioGenWeb"
The Fayette County, Ohio site lists some inscription and tombstone photo information for the following cemeteries in Fayette County, Ohio (click on link below):

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Names In Stone" News Room & Link to Site

Click on Title for information about joining "Names In Stone" on Facebook and/or Twitter
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Introduction to Names In Stone:
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Ohio Cemeteries - Names In Stone list:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hardin County, Ohio Genealogical Society Cemetery Readings Update


The Hardin County Genealogical Society has been busy with completing cemetery readings!
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Per the Hardin County Genealogical Society's website and their latest newsletter, the HCGS calendar shows "August 10 at 6:00p.m. to continue with readings for Patterson Cemetery in Jackson Township, weather permitting."
Per the newsletter, the Patterson Cemetery tombstone reading is about half done.
For further information contact HCGS:
Email for the Hardin County Genealogical Society is:

hcgs@HardinCountyConnections.com
Also,
Per the HCGS newsletter, the cemetery reading has been completed for Woodlawn Cemetery. "All Liberty Township cemeteries will be read by the end of summer." The Liberty Township book will be ready sometime between the Fair and Christmas."
"Smith Cemetery has been photographed and we are now photographing Dola Cemetery. When it is photographed then the Washington Township Cemetery publication will be ready (before Christmas hopefully)."
Hardin County Genealogy Society
211 W Franklin St
PO Box 520
Kenton, OH 43326
(419) 674-4088

The center is located 1 block west of the Court House, and is right next to the cinema.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Link to story on CNN - "Death in the Recession - More Bodies Left Unburied"

Click on title to read an eye-opening account of the current recession's ill effects on some Americans who are leaving their loved ones unburied due to financial hardship.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tombstone photos Group on "Flickr"

I'll be the first to admit that I am not an expert on "Flickr"!
I did, however, locate some tombstone photographs for Ohio cemeteries under the "Graves, Tombs and Cemeteries" Search. I also typed in "Ohio cemeteries" in the white block to the right and pressed the "search" button for the results.
"1,474 results" are shown, per the first screen I viewed.
A sort by "relevant, recent and interesting" is available.
I also noted "discussions" as a place to "click on" and check out.
Browsing through the contributor submissions on "Flickr" just might yield a tombstone photograph you are seeking if you get the hang of it!

Ohiogravestones.org Update

The web site of "Ohiogravestones.org" is growing! It currently has over 102,000 gravestone photos posted on its site.

From the web site "Ohiogravestones.org" :

"Thank you for visiting OhioGravestones.Org.

We are currently seeking volunteers to help take and upload photos for many cemeteries across Ohio. If you have an interest in volunteering for this rewarding part-time activity please contact the state administrator."

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pittsfield, Lorain County, Ohio Blog Regarding Cemetery Restoration Volunteer News

The following information is found on the Pittsfield Township, Lorain County, Ohio Blog in 2009:

"March/April Question"
04/13/09 - To All Current and Potential Cemetery Restoration Volunteers: As the weather improves and gets warmer, I hope to continue the cemetery restoration project that we started last year. We still have considerable work to do in the East Cemetery, and then we can proceed to the South Cemetery. Last year we scheduled our work sessions for every Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. This year I would like to also hold some sessions on possibly Saturday morning, or some week day evening. This would allow those of you who work during the day to participate in the project.
Anyone who would like to help us and has a preference as to when they are available, please let me know.
Thank you, Ralph Hayes at Hayes@kellnet.com