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#1 Nov 29, 2009
I think it's so sad that hundreds (maybe thousands) of old cemeteries in Ohio are abandoned and stones are destroyed or missing. I followed the link to the Gallia Co. website and looked at the 2 pages of cemetery listings there. These are only a drop in the bucket of old cemeteries that have faded away over time. I work on my ancestors' cemeteries in S.E. Ky with a good group of maybe half a dozen people there who feverishly work to put new markers on old abandoned gravesites so that these resting places will never be lost again. We have managed to get many families to help with the costs of replacing their ancestors' markers, we also research as many of these ancestors as possible to tell their stories on their markers - who their children were, where they emigrated from, and (if we can find out) whose graves are located on this property. It's VERY SATISFYING work, but a never-ending job. We try to install one decent sized marker with all this info on it, and then fence it in so that it won't be strip-mined or destroyed any further. Together, this group has installed more than 200 new markers, some small blocks of granite inscribed with names/dates, others are individual slab markers, and many large obelisk markers with as many names as we know about engraved on all sides.
Why can't we get a group of people to do this in each county of OHIO? Again, it's a difficult but very satisfying job... worth every drop of sweat and every dollar spent! If anyone would like to discuss forming a group in any Ohio county, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to work with you on these projects! Times'a'wastin.. so many cemeteries have already fallen into oblivion..(Nov.29.2009)
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