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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."

Monday, March 30, 2015

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Reminder: D/2 Biological Solution Sale at Limeworks.us Ends Tomorrow - March 31, 2015

Sharing as a reminder and courtesy for those who wish to purchase D/2 Biological Solution on sale from Limeworks.us:

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The gravestone in the foreground: The "before cleaning" side with D/2 Biological Solution is shown on the right side. 

The "after cleaning" side with D/2 Biological Solution is shown on the left side of the marker. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Unearthing a Double Base for the Grave Markers of Alexander Brown Dickey & His Wife, Jane Henry Dickey - At the South Salem Cemetery in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio

Scott Andersen has recently been repairing and re-setting his Dickey ancestors' gravestones at the South Salem Cemetery in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio.  

While digging, Scott made an unexpected discovery of the double base that was in place for both markers that had sunken out of sight and had been below ground.

Below are 4 photographs from Scott that show his progress of the re-setting work done thus far for the gravestones of Alexander Brown Dickey and his wife, Jane Henry Dickey.

From Scott:
"That base was already there, I just didn't know it. I went to the cemetery today, planning on straightening Jane's stone, and resetting Alexander's. Alexander's stone had been reset in the wrong spot by the township trustees. Started digging around Jane's stone and found it in that base, and it kept getting bigger and bigger. What a surprise to find a dual base like that. Anyway, got it back above the grade and leveled, and reset Alexander's stone."

Troubled Mount Hope Cemetery in South Akron soon to come under new ownership - Local - Ohio

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catholic Cemeteries Association of Cleveland Adds Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park, Cuyahoga County, Ohio to its Online Burial Search

Excerpted from the Catholic Cemeteries Association:

"Burial locations are now available online at www.clecem.org for Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park."

"Over the past two years the Catholic Cemeteries Association has embarked upon the consolidation of all burial records into a centralized database. The online burial search and shopping cart are only available at this current point in time for the following cemeteries:
  • All Saints, Northfield
  • All Souls, Chardon
  • Holy Cross, Akron
  • Holy Cross, Brook Park
  • Resurrection, Valley City
  • St. Joseph, Avon
Work is currently ongoing on the following cemeteries: Calvary, Cleveland"

In searching for the surname of "Zagorsky," for example, the search rendered the following results:

Zagorski, Zagor, and Zagorc (no Zagorsky names were found for these cemeteries.  I know there are Zagorsky family members buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio; however, Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, is not yet one of the cemeteries active in the online burial search database.)

The Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park can also be found on "Find A Grave" where currently 29,357 interments are listed.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries on Facebook is Bringing Awareness of the Plight of Ohio's Cemeteries that are in Need of Help

The (closed) Facebook Group: "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" covers such topics as documention of burial information, mapping burial locations, discussions about choosing the proper products and methods for cleaning, repairing and re-setting the different types of gravestones found in Ohio, obtaining veteran's markers, and improvements needed for grounds maintenance and ongoing upkeep of gravesites and cemetery landscape. Also, the importance of obtaining permission from owners to enter and visit gravesites located on private property. These are just some of the topics of discussion where ongoing sharing is learning.
It is active group of members who are bringing awareness of the plight of so many of Ohio's cemeteries and gravesites that have for too long been neglected and forgotten. 

Also, the Ohio Revised Codes currently in place are woefully inadequate and do little to protect cemeteries that are inactive or abandoned, and thus are unregistered -- only registered cemeteries are recognized by the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission that accepts complaints filed against those responsible for their care.

If you care about the current and future prospects of cemeteries in Ohio; where so many of our founding pioneer ancestors now rest, please consider asking to join "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries". Thank you!

(A scene from one of the workshops at the Old Burying Ground Cemetery in Greenfield, Ohio)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spotlighting the Cleveland Street Cemetery in Downtown Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio

I paid a brief visit to the Cleveland Street Cemetery in downtown Amherst yesterday to photograph at least some of the more prominent markers and monuments in this city owned cemetery

For those who may not already know, Amherst, Ohio (as well as its neighbor, South Amherst) has long been known as the Sandstone Center of Ohio and some of this local stone can be found at the Cleveland Street Cemetery.  

It is fascinating learning about the history of the sandstone quarries in Amherst that played a vital role in the city's rich history that has given it the unique identity that it's residents can point to with pride.

Photographs below of gravestones and the Cleveland Street Cemetery's fenced-in landscape as it sat in the somewhat foggy air yesterday where the ground was still partially covered in snow and ice:

 (Above two photographs)
 Red sandstone monument for Charles Jacobs
 (Above two photographs)
Aiken white bronze (zinc) marker.  
This side is for Lizzie A. Aiken.

White bronze (zinc) marker for Francis Bemis and Mary J. Bemis

 (Four above photographs of the most prominent monument at the Cleveland Street Cemetery)
The large Clough Family Monument
The bottom photograph shows a side view for:
Ella J. Clough and Lucien H. Clough
   (Two above photographs)
Newer gray granite monument for John Gerlach.

(Above Photograph)
Landscape view of part of the Cleveland Street Cemetery showing a variety of monuments and markers that exist at this early Lorain County cemetery.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" on Facebook Focuses on Several Aspects of Cemetery Preservation and Gravestone Conservation

For those who are incorporating cemetery research in Ohio with their genealogical and historical pursuits, a reminder that "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries", a closed Facebook group, focuses on a vast range of topics from documenting burials, properly cleaning gravestones with products and methods that do no harm, announcing upcoming cemetery preservation workshops, and updates on Ohio laws affecting cemeteries, etc. 


Friday, March 6, 2015

Sharing an Update for the Susan Gibson Gravestone at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield

Once again, thanking Scott Andersen for sharing these photographs of the Susan Gibson gravestone at the Old Burying Ground cemetery in Greenfield (Highland County) Ohio

The top photograph shows how the Susan Gibson gravestone is faring in March, 2015 after the Greenfield Historical Society volunteers led by Scott Andersen and his wife, Venus, and John King, who all painstakingly and steadfastly worked to properly clean, repair, and re-set where needed, several gravestones and monuments during six organized work sessions in 2014. 
(See Find A Grave map HERE) of the Old Burying Ground.)

 The photograph above shows how the Susan Gibson gravestone looks in March, 2015.  
The base is obscured by freshly fallen snow.

The two photographs above show how the Susan Gibson gravestone looked before any conservation work began.


Click HERE to view the September, 2014 Old Burying Ground work session's description and photographs shared from the Greenfield Historical Society's website.
The September work session information and photographs are representative of the type of progress made in other work sessions held last year.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ohio House Bill 576 was Introduced This Week as H.B. 91 That Could Help with Better Funding Opportunities for Ohio Cemeteries if Passed

The Code Citations Include:

(A) "Subdivision" means any county; municipal corporation; township; township police district; joint police district; township fire district; joint fire district; joint ambulance district; joint emergency medical services district; fire and ambulance district; joint recreation district; township waste disposal district; township road district; community college district; technical college district; detention facility district; a district organized under section 2151.65 of the Revised Code; a combined district organized under sections 2152.41 and 2151.65 of the Revised Code; a joint-county alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health service district; a drainage improvement district created under section 6131.52 of the Revised Code; a lake facilities authority created under Chapter 353. of the Revised Code; a union cemetery district; a county school financing district; a city, local, exempted village, cooperative education, or joint vocational school district; or a regional student education district created under section 3313.83 of the Revised Code. 

(B) "Municipal corporation" means all municipal corporations, including those that have adopted a charter under Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution.

Click HERE to view the 12 page PDF document of HB91

(T) For maintaining and operating cemeteries;

[where the change would occur from the current wording, with the addition of (T)]:

(4) When the increase is for the purpose or purposes set
forth in division (D), (G), (H), (T) , (Z), (CC), or (PP) of this
section, the tax levy may be for any specified number of years
or for a continuing period of time, as set forth in the


**My thoughts**:

  If HB 91 passes, cemeteries would be included in continuing levies if a township or subdivision, for example, chooses to place a continuing levy on the ballot rather than one for a specified number of years.

Passing continuing levies would better ensure that funding would continue and stay in place for the regular maintenance of cemeteries. This option is currently not available to townships unless HB 91 is passed.

There are some township cemeteries in Ohio where no funding at all exists for their upkeep and care, and they solely depend on outside donations for any work that needs to be done. This situation can translate into long lapses in routine maintenance where cemetery grounds and gravesites severely deteriorate due to the ravages of time, weather, and vandalism; to name some of the reasons Ohio's cemeteries are now in very poor condition.

Having a continuing levy in place could help provide the needed funds within an ongoing timeframe; thus not leaving cemeteries vulnerable because five year levies placed on ballots fail.

Too much history has already been lost at Ohio's most endangered cemeteries; and glaringly so at the inactive pioneer burial grounds where the Buckeye State's early ancestors are interred. The heart of this problem stems from lack of funding. If cemeteries are included in continuing levies, there would be less interruption of funds that are needed to continue with their regular maintenance and care.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Why Cemeteries are Important | Legacy.com

Sharing Wintry Scenes at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Thanking Scott Andersen, a member of the Greenfield Historical Society in Greenfield, Ohio, for sharing the two pictures below. 

Scott has led a group of dedicated volunteers from the historical society this past year who have all devoted their time and efforts to properly clean, repair, and re-set fragile original gravestones at the "Old Burying Ground" the early pioneer cemetery in their city where so many of the town's earliest settlers were buried.  

The successful outcome of their work is evident in the scenes below captured on a snow laden yet sun filled day this February: