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."

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)