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."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sharing Info: "Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics Workshop in Houston, Texas April 24 - April 25, 2015 "

Sharing this information for those who might wish to travel to Texas and enroll in an upcoming Cemetery Preservation Workshop conducted by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (of the National Park Service) commonly called "NCPTT."   
"The workshop will begin with Charles Cook leading a history tour of the site, this will be followed by conservator Jason Church leading hands-on activities including proper cleaning techniques for grave markers."

Click below for further details:


Monday, February 16, 2015

Free Presentation of "The ABC’s of Gravestone Symbols" -- Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. - Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in Findlay, Ohio

Abstracted from the announcement:
"A member of the Ohio Chapter of the Association of Gravestone Studies as well as the national organization, Teresa Lambert is now focusing on cemeteries and their care, restoration, and preservation, and gravestone symbols and their meanings."


Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
(419) 422-1712


Lindamood Room (Library)
206 Broadway Street, Findlay, OH 45840 United States
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(419) 422-1712

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 5 2015 - Sharing a Wintry Scene at Sheep Pen Cemetery - Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio

Thanking Scott Andersen for stopping by and visiting Sheep Pen Cemetery on this cold but sunny February day.

The grounds atop the hillside of the Sheep Pen Cemetery have a nice variety of trees making for contrasts of shadiness and streaming sunlight beaming down over the landscape of gravestones both small and large -- standing and sinking.   
Thanking Scott for sharing his photographs of Sheep Pen Cemetery set against a winter time backdrop we don't often see. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Antoni J. Szczepankiewicz (1864 - 1931) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sharing my "Find A Grave" memorial for Antoni J. Szczepankiewicz buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.  

His 1901 Polish marriage record to Victoria Krokos, written in Russian, is posted to his memorial with a partial translation.  
He was my great-grand uncle.  

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sharing News of a New Facebook Group Created for Szczepankiewicz Family Genealogy

I have started a closed Facebook Group for Szczepankiewicz Family Genealogy for anyone who has connections to this surname.  

Inviting anyone who has Szczepankiewicz as a surname in their ancestry, and is interested in connecting with others who also have Szczepankiewicz ancestors, to please consider joining! 

I know of two sons in a Szczepankiewicz family that changed their surname to Stevens:

Marion F. Stevens 

My maternal great-grandmother was Antonina Szczepankiewicz.

My maternal grandmother was Josephine Szczepankiewicz who married Andrew Zagorsky in 1908 in Lorain, Ohio.

Click HERE for a listing of all of the Szczepankiewicz surnames for interments at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio (including the maiden name in the search) 
Below is the Polish birth record for Antonina Szczepankiewicz buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio:

Thanking Julie Szczepankiewicz and Joe Malachowski for their help in obtaining this record and for their important help in transcribing it.

The following birth information is from LDS microfilm Roll # 2161267:

"Antonina's baptismal record for you: Miłaczew. 19. On the second of May in the 1st hour of the afternoon I baptized a child named Antonina, daughter of Józef Szczepankiewicz, age 45, and Petronella … (, age 35, born on the 26th day of April in the 10th hour at night. Godparents were Jakob Turkowski (?) and Tekla (?) Maniewska (?) of Miłaczew. 

The word "Miłaczew" in the margin of the document usually indicates the village where the baby was actually born, since it's understood that the baptism took place at the parish church, which in this case is in Złotków. 

The number 19 signifies that Antonina was the 19th baby baptized in the parish that year. They just numbered them chronologically and then used those numbers to create an annual index.."
Click HERE to link to all of the "Find A Grave" memorials for those who have Szczepankiewicz surnames (including maiden in the search):