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, June 20, 2011

"Gravestone Photo Project" - "Ohiogravestones.org"

Click on title to read the information pertaining to the "Gravestone Photo Project" including an open letter detailing reasons why this project is not being expanded beyond its current status and capabilities. 

Listed on this website are the following states that have gravestone photo projects, including Ohio:

"The following states are currently using a version of the Gravestone Photo Project software":

Arizona Gravestones
Arkansas Gravestones
Colorado Gravestones
Florida Gravestones
Idaho Gravestones
Illinois Gravestones
Iowa Gravestones
Louisiana Gravestones
Maine Gravestones
Massachusetts Gravestones
Maryland Gravestones
Nebraska Gravestones
New Jersey Civil War Gravestones
New Mexico Gravestones
New York Gravestones
North Dakota Gravestones
Ohio Gravestones
Oklahoma Gravestones
Oregon Gravestones
Pennsylvania Gravestones
South Dakota Gravestones
Texas Tombstones
Utah Gravestones
Virginia Gravestones
While "Ohiogravestones.org" does not contain nearly the number of graves as "Find A Grave," it is a valuable source because a gravestone photo is always provided. 
The negatives connected to "Ohiogravetones.org" are the inability to post information on burials that do not have markers, and the need for a short wait before your photograph and its information are posted on the site because that is done by a county administrator.

However, recently I learned the birth and death dates of couple from seeing that information on their gravestone photograph posted on "Ohiogravestones.org."  
There was no memorial for the people on "Find A Grave." 

Currently, Ohiogravestones has over 131,000 gravestone photos which include 209 new photos uploaded within the past week, per the website. 
I hope Ohiogravestones.org continues and grows because it is nice that it is an advertisement-free site -- no annoying pop up advertisments to disturb your reading.