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."

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sharing the latest additions to the links for Ohio WPA Cemetery Plat Maps - March 2 2021

 The "always a work in progress project" - since 2013 - of initially locating and subsequently sharing the WPA Cemetery Plat Maps for Ohio's counties continues with the recent additions of FLICKR map collections of images of cemeteries in Logan County and Erie County  They are a work in progress themselves, however; I am still excited to share this news about them.  

These 1930s era cemetery plat maps have deteriorated over these many decades.  Some to the point where the names and dates are fading and have become difficult to read due to their darkened condition.   

The original map pages are quite large.  These pages were placed in hardbound binders and given to county recorder's offices in Ohio.  As we have become aware, some county's maps are missing and unaccounted for, while others have been moved to various local facilities for storage.  Fortunately, a few have been posted online in various formats. 

Sadly, though, some originals have been sitting unnoticed on top of cabinets gathering dust. Also, they might be kept in less than ideal indoor climate conditions. The negative effectives of which are hastening their deterioration.

On a brighter note, however, I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Mr. John Kolb for his help in enhancing and cleaning up the pages for the Bellefontaine Cemetery in Logan County, and the Ohio Soldiers & Sailors Home Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio.  

The enhancements John applied to these map pages improved their appearance greatly making the details more clear and readable.

Below is a sample of a "before enhancement" and "after enhancement" of the same WPA Cemetery Map page.:

So, please check back for more additions to the collections of Ohio county WPA Cemetery Plat Maps listed on the right sidebar of the blog. 

Hopefully, some of these maps will be of help to those who are searching for veteran burials at Ohio's cemeteries!