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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."

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Spotlighting the Hardin County Genealogical Society

Spotlighting The Hardin County Genealogical Society in Hardin County, Ohio. 

Click on title to access the website "hardincountyconnections" for the Hardin County Genealogical Society.

The current Spring-Summer 2011 issue of the Hardin County Genealogical Society's Newsletter, "Track and Trace" under the main page column heading: "President's Pen" by Kathy Hines, is a paragraph about the society's upcoming projects for doing more tombstone transcriptions at Hardin County cemeteries.

The work includes finishing their projects in Washington Township, and completing Patterson Cemetery in Jackson Township. 

Their plan is to move on to work at the large Hueston Cemetery by next summer. 

Quoting from the newsletter about the work of reading tombstones, Kathy states:

"The work is slow and hot as well as sometimes frustrating when it comes to deciphering the old weather-worn stones." 

I agree and say how true that is, but we have to be thankful they are still there at all to try to read. 

Untold numbers of grave markers have been lost to history for one reason or another, and the trend unfortunately continues. 

Thus, I wish to express here my appreciation to the Hardin County Genealogical Society and to those who have braved the elements to conduct their work transcribing tombstone inscriptions. 

It is a time consuming work that is valuable in so many ways that benefits those of us here today and for those generations that will be here in the future.   Thank You!!

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