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."

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Update on the Dept. of Commerce - Div. of Real Estate - Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission's Cemetery Complaint Form.

I have updated the link to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission's Cemetery Complaint Form COM 3660 (11/2010) that is in the permanent link on the right-hand side bar of the blog under the general heading:  

"Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission"  

Excerpted from the Form:

"Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4767 provides the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission with responsibility over registered cemeteries operated by a person, church, religious society, established fraternal organization, or political subdivision. The Commission is vested with the authority to assist in resolving complaints by the use of informal techniques of mediation, conciliation, and persuasion. The Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, provides administrative services to the Commission regarding the registration of active cemeteries and processing of complaints filed against any cemetery owner or operator for dispute resolution."

     "Furnish the full names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties to the complaint, including witnesses."

     "Print the form. Sign and date the form at the bottom. Attach copies (not originals) of all pertinent documents, and send the package ......."

     Mail To

Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing
77 S. High Street, 20th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215.


Please keep in mind that this form is for filing a complaint on a "registered" cemetery which normally means an active cemetery in the state of Ohio.

Long time cemetery investigator, Mr. Ted Hornyak, has left his position since the job was re-located to Columbus.  

The cemetery investigation work has been turned over to:

Laura A. Monick
Staff Attorney
Ohio Department of Commerce
Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing
77 South High Street, 20th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215


     A useful on-line resource for reviewing the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) where the information regarding Ohio's cemetery legislation details are found, is the "LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules" website.  

     In the upper right-hand corner on this website, there is a "Search ORC" box where you can type in a word and do a global search. (Click on "LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules shown above.)

      The results provided following a global search for the word "cemeteries" produced 49 separate items that appear on screen on a total of 4 pages. 

Check Out - "Online Ohio Death Records & Indexes" - "A Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records"

Is there still a pesky Ohio obituary or death record eluding you?  You just may find it through clicking on a link in one of the resources provided on this website if you click on the title of this post first!  

The links arrangement is county by county following the general categories, so you have a greater chance to hone in on the right one that could be of the most help to you.  Yes, some links lead you to paid sites like "Ancestry.com."   

If you are not an "Ancestry.com" subscriber, your library card for your local public library can be your key to access a lot of the resources "Ancestry.com" offers

Always check with your local public library to learn if you are able to access "Ancestry.com" at their branch using their library card - - the library version of "Ancestry," and learn if the information you need is included in the library's version.  I'm sure a reference desk or genealogy department reference person could help you make that determination before your library visit.  

You'll have a lot of fun with this website and hopefully learn something new along the way during your research!