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."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Spotlighting a "Columbus Dispatch" News Story about Gravestone Photograph Volunteer Ron Cruikshank

Click on title to read a heartwarming story written by Lori Kurtzman that was published on July 9, 2012 in The Columbus Dispatch about Mr. Ron Cruikshank of Licking County, Ohio and his dedicated efforts to clean and then photograph gravestones at the Pataskala Cemetery in Licking County, Ohio. 

This is among the best written accounts I have read regarding volunteers who devote their own time to cleaning and also recording gravestone information to share with others on various websites.  

Highlighted in the story is the "Ohio GenWeb Tombstone Photo Project" that is part of the "Ohio GenWeb Project" offered on the website "Rootsweb.com."  Mr. Robert Sizelove has been its long time project manager.  I am pleased to see him receive the credit for his dedicated efforts with this project.  It has been my pleasure to work with Robert over the years on the "Ohio GenWeb Tombstone Photo Project."
Currently, on "Find A Grave," the Pataskala Cemetery has 4,883 burials listed.  The Kirkersville Cemetery is also mentioned in this story and interments there listed on "Find A Grave" number 2,260.
The Licking County Tombstone Photo Project lists several cemeteries in Licking County with interment information provided by contributors including for both Pataskala (with two links) and Kirkersville cemeteries.