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."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Spotlighting "Saving Graves" -- Ohio is Now Back on The List on SavingGraves.net

If you have been involved with cemetery preservation and dealing with endangered cemeteries for awhile, then you may know about "Saving Graves"

**Please note, a permanent link to "Saving Graves" has been added to "Cemetery Websites with Several Links" on the left-hand side column of this blog.


The good news is that the state of Ohio is now back on the list of the State Pages on "Saving Graves."


"Saving Graves, the world's leading website dedicated to the protection, restoration, and preservation of endangered cemeteries worldwide, is a completely free-access online resource that provides to its visitors a wide assortment of preservation information and records.  It's primary goal is to promote and emphasize the use of the Internet as a means to provide protection of human burial sites from unauthorized and unwarranted disturbance, by man or nature. The offices of Saving Graves are located at:

Saving Graves
880 Main St
Boswell, PA  15531


The Saving Graves website debuted on the Internet in March of 2000, as a result of a posting to a newsgroup that mentioned new website, Save Our Old Cemeteries, that was a part of a family history website. The subject of endangered cemeteries being something that Bill Spurlock had long been interested in and he offered to take over the management of the website. He had found several websites that focused on cemetery preservation however a search of the Internet found that there was no single website that attempted to gather all state and national resources. Saving Graves was created to geographically organize all these resources.  

In November 2005, Bill decided to step down as the owner of Saving Graves and turned the operation over to Steve Stymiest of Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Steve was the state coordinator for South Carolina, North Carolina and South Dakota and the U. S. Coordinator for Saving Graves.  Steve passed away in November 2006.  Nathan Zipfel stepped in to rebuild the project in early 2007 after the original website went off-line and has been maintaining it since."


For information about partnering with Saving Graves, please Contact Us.