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."

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year! -- Thank you for following my blog

***Happy New Year!*** 

Extending my thanks to the followers of this blog for -- you guessed it -- Following!  
Thank you for comments made and thoughts shared.  It has been so nice hearing from some of you over the past year. 

I hope to learn of more cemetery preservation projects in Ohio as they come about and rely on others to help provide information when they learn of a cemetery workshop or restoration project. 
So, if you learn of any news relating to a cemetery being improved in any way, please feel free to contact me and pass it along so it can be announced to others. 
Thank you & Happy New Year!!
Clicking on the title will take you to the website "OhioBar.org" and their page "State Law Regulates Most Ohio Cemeteries."  
Let's hope more legislation is passed in Ohio that benefits our cemeteries; particularly our pioneer cemeteries that are the most vulnerable.   

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Spotlighting and Thanking "Cyndislist.com"

Click on title to access "Cemeteries and Funeral Homes" on "Cyndislist.com" - a genealogical website that has been around since 1996.

Also, I wish to thank "Cyndi's List" for including this blog on their site. 

I know I could browse around "Cyndi's List" for hours and hours clicking on the links it provides and learn something new with each visit.

Here is a direct link to the State of Ohio on "Cyndislist":

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas! 

Don't forget to honor your special loved one in a special way by visiting their gravesite, making a donation in their memory, or honoring their memory in your chosen way. 

As an example, I enjoy posting the "verses and flowers" on the website Find A Grave.  You can choose flowers or other symbols from those submitted and used by others or create your own.  They can range from plain and simple to fancy and flashy. 

Most of all, you can remember your loved ones at Christmas and all year through by sharing your memories of them with others through the written or spoken word. 

You are the key to ensuring that the good deeds and accomplishments of your departed relatives and ancestors live on to inspire coming generations through your sharing of information and your memories about them.

If possible, do what you can to make sure their gravesites are kept dignified and clean.  Photograph their stones and repair or replace them if you can when needed.  

Their markers tell everyone walking past their gravesites that they lived, who they were, and when they lived, and perhaps if they were a veteran.  

In this way, they will be properly honored, remembered, and not lost to history.  

Thank you.  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Spotlighting the fascinating features of Find A Grave!!

Today I learned that I could link a memorial on "Find A Grave" to my Facebook Page. 
It is a wonderful feature offered on findagrave.com.

There is also a link to search "FAG" by surname:

Discussion Forums:

A listing of books for purchase:

While Find A Grave is not 'perfect', it is about as close as you are going to come to finding one site as dedicated to posting memorials for loved ones as you are going to find on the Internet today. 

With many 'tombstone' type sites, you MUST have a tombstone photo to post or you are not able to post information about your loved ones or friends. 

Also on Find A Grave, even if you don't know where a person is buried, you can still post a memorial to them showing their dates of birth and death and much more of course, just like you would for a deceased person whose burial location is known.

One of my favorite features in a memorial is the relationship link, where you can add links for spouses, parents and children.  You can virtually link one generation to the next, regardless of where they were buried. 

Find A Grave is currently boasting 54 million grave records. 

It is a contributor based site so errors and duplications do 'creep in.'  And, if you spot one, you can report it to Find A Grave with an email to:
I know because I have done so many times. 

So, I encourage anyone who has not already done so, to please explore the possibilities that Find A Grave offers for finding where your ancestor was buried. 

Also, become a contributor yourself. 

You can contribute with posting memorials, taking volunteer photographs for others, adding photographs of the deceased. 
The site is quite flexible. 

For a one time $5.00 fee you can sponsor a memorial as well eliminating the advertising - the main drawback to Find A Grave.

This blog has links to Find A Grave for your convenience. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Featuring "MyOhioAncestry.com" website by Roland W. Wilson

Click on title to access the website:  "MyOhioAncestry.com"
by Mr. Roland "Ron" W. Wilson.
Here is a partial quotation from his welcome page:

I was born in Ross County Ohio and grew up in Highland County.
Most of my ancestry was located in Fayette, Highland, and Ross Counties. This website will deal primarily with those counties, as well as others as the generations spread out.
Like others, my ancestors came from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and just about everywhere.
My great-grandmother, Oma Syferd, was born in Pendleton County Virginia (now West Virginia in 1854, and by 1860 they were living in Fayette County Ohio.
She passed away shortly after the birth of my grandfather's sister who was born about 1883.
"I recorded some grave sites in Ross County last spring, specifically the graves in the Wilson Cemetery on Dewey Creek Road.
Also, my grandfather Charles Mack Wilson and some others were originally buried in the Satchel Cemetery in Lyndon, Ohio, but subsequent to 1996, my previous visit, they were moved to South Salem Cemetery."

"The following people were moved:
Mack Wilson and his wife Addie Wilson
Joseph H Wilson, and wife Amazony Wilson
Alice Jo McDonald
Don't know why they were moved."

**Note:  I have added "MyOhioAncestry.com" as a permanent link on the  left-hand margin of the blog's listing of informative links.