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, November 27, 2019

OGS library directs speaks at historical society meeting.


Yes, burial records are always useful whether there is a tombstone or not.  Some tombstones are worn away to the point that reading the inscriptions is no longer possible.  Or there are missing pieces to a broken marker that contain valuable information.  

In the 1950s, in Ohio, many D.A.R. Chapter members went out and conducted inscription transcriptions, sometimes including short epitaphs.  There were errors of course, but still there might have been gravesetone information that today is no longer readable or the marker has sunken below ground.
In the 1990s and into the early 2000's, many Ohio Genealogical Society Chapter members conducted whole cemetery tombstone inscription transcriptions and published them.  

The Ohio Genealogical Society's library holds all of  the publications of its chapters.  
With the advent of the internet, as many know, websites like "Find A Grave", "BillionGraves", "Interment.Net",
 and "Ohiogravestones.org" have offered much for contributor based gravestone photos and information.  
More websites are coming on all of the time. Also, those like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and the newspaper websites like NewpaperArchive.org or Newspapers.com offer possibilities for finding obituaries. 
Some county public libraries have digitized their local newspapers. Champaign County (Ohio) Public Library is one library that has digitized their historical newspaper.  
If you are a genealogist, your last stop for research just maybe at your ancestor's gravesite.