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."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Important - Greenfield Mausoleum at the Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio


The City of Greenfield is attempting to contact relatives of people interred at the mausoleum in the Greenfield Cemetery.
The condition of the mausoleum is deteriorating, and at some point something will have to be done with the building.
The above names were provided, along with dates of birth and death.
If anyone seeing this is a relative or knows how a relative can be contacted, they are asked to call the city offices at (937) 981-3500.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spotlighting the Blickenstaff (Karns) Cemetery - Monroe Township, Miami County, Ohio

Sharing a website dedicated to the history of the Blickenstaff (Karns) Cemetery with gravestone readings, and various garvestone photos. 
The cemetery is located in Monroe Township, Miami County, Ohio.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Find A Grave's policy on Memorial Transfer Requests

If you are like me, and you submit burial information to the website of "Find A Grave" (findagrave.com), and have ever requested to have a memorial posted by another person transferred to you and encountered difficulties getting it done, please read below.  Hopefully, it might save you some time. 
"Our policy regarding memorial transfers is as follows:

How do I get a relative's memorial transferred to me?"

"First, Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested If you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree.

Second, Transfer requests should be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Third, If you have extensive additions/changes to make to a memorial, please contact the Find A Grave member who created the memorial via the "Suggest a Correction" link under the "Edit" tab on the memorial in question with your request to have the memorial management transferred to you. This will send an email request to the contributor, even if there is not an email address listed on their contributor page.

Fourth, Explain your relationship in the request! Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are not required to be transferred. Keep in mind that the original contributor may also be related to the memorial and may not make the transfer. Bulk surname requests should not be made. Be advised that memorials listed as famous or maintained by Find A Grave will not be transferred.

Fifth, The "Suggest a correction" feature may also be used to submit corrections, an original biography, and family links to memorials that do not fall under the above defintion. (Be sure to include the memorial ID#s for the family links and how they are related, father, mother or spouse. The original contributor should make any corrections and add any additional information you have for that memorial, such as links to parents and spouses, provided the information is accurate.

Sixth, Please note that it is not appropriate to request a transfer and then, after receiving the transfer, delete that page and substitute it with a new memorial that you have created. This practice denies credit to the original contributor. Please use the original memorial page to make updates and add information.

What if a member will not transfer my relative to me?
If the memorial in question is a direct relative within four generations (siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents) to you and the original submitter is not family, then your wishes supersede theirs under our "Family First" policy. If they refuse to transfer your relative to you, contact the administration and we will work on it for you.

Please remember that there are thousands of contributors to Find A Grave, and it is highly likely that some of those contributors will actually be part of your family tree and share some of your ancestors.

Also, the goal is not to "own" every memorial of those to whom you are related. The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it. 

If you believe you have requested transfers that follow these guidelines, please forward us a link to each of the pages and let us know what your relationship to that particular person is."


Find A Grave

Saturday, January 8, 2011

"The Haughton Cemetery" - Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio by Margaret Lunt

Click on title to access the website:  "Haughton Cemetery - Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio" by Margaret Lunt.  
This is a very interesting website that contains several links.   

Spotlighting - "NAMI - Athens: "The Ridges Cemetery Project"

Click on title to read about "The Ridges Cemetery Project" of Athens, Ohio. 
From the website:

"NAMI Athens is also involved with other groups and organizations in a major effort to restore, beautify and demystify the three mental health graveyards located on the grounds of the old psychiatric hospital complex on the Ridges. Prior to the onset of this project, the graveyards were in poor repair, with many graves abandoned to brush and woods and hundreds of stones uprooted and broken."

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cemeteries of Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio

My thanks to Shelly Hallard-Beckham for granting permission to post a link to the website "Cemeteries of Bloom Township, Fairfield County, Ohio."

Sharing Shelly's response to my request:
"I know of no current or future restoration in the works, however, I am just a long-time (over 30 years) researcher who has, for more than 14 years now, concentrated just on a single township in a single county. I guess you COULD call it 'preservation' but as my website explains, unless they are viewing an actual tombstone photo, some of the lists displayed in the cemetery pages provide much more detail than the actual tombstone; i.e. complete date of birth and burial taken from a combination of other records such as probate, obits, funeral records, memory cards, etc."

Shelly Hallard-Beckham

Thank you, Shelly - a permanent link is also posted above! 

Sharing a link on "FLICKR" - Photographs taken at Ohio Cemeteries

Click on title to view Ohio cemetery photos posted on "Flickr" in the category of "Groups/Ohiocemeteries."