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."

Monday, February 20, 2012

The quest to mark the gravesites of 25 Civil War Veterans buried at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio

First, extending my thanks to Amy Johnson Crow, who is the "Graveyard Rabbit of Central Ohio" for posting the link on her "Facebook" Page to a wonderful "Columbus Dispatch" story published today which can also be read online (click on title to read.)

It is published by Ken Gorden and entitled:

"Grave undertaking"

"History sleuths seek to identify, mark Civil War burial sites"

The article not only details the efforts being made by AmeriCorps worker, Amanda Nelson, who is working with the Ohio Historical Society to obtain gravestones to honor the unmarked gravesites of Civil War veterans buried at Green Lawn Cemetery, but it also lists their names, regiments and company identifications.

This is a well-written in-depth article that is heartwarming to read on Presidents' Day 2012!

Team Effort Resolves Language Translation for Tombstone Transcriptions at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana

Click on title to view the "Find A Grave" memorial posted for Ilija Pakaski buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana which currently has 6,472 interments listed for it on "Find A Grave."
Kara Gullickson Graper has spearheaded the campaign to preserve the Oak Hill Cemetery.

From Kara's "Find A Grave" Profile:

"NW Indiana mother of 2... Dedicated to preserving the memory and posterity of our ancestors, and I also enjoy learning about myself from the past, and also helping others to connect the dots as well.

I am particularly interested in advocating for more respectable conditions for Oak Hill cemetery in Hammond, IN. For more info:


I will gladly take photos at St. Mary's and Maplewood Cemeteries in Crown Point, and will attempt to fulfill other requests on other cemetery adventures."

Contact: karakarag@yahoo.com
Because of Facebook, Kara has been able to better promote the preservation efforts for Okay Hill Cemetery which include translations of inscriptions for several stones written in other languages including Cyrillic and Hungarian.

Many thanks to my Facebook Friend, Cheryl Bakker, who was able to translate the inscription on the stone for Ilija Pakaski.