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OGS Cemetery Research and Preservation

The Ohio Genealogical Society has attempted to identify all Ohio cemeteries, encourages its Chapters to publish transcriptions, and offers advice on cemetery law and preservation methods. The OGS Cemetery Committee has put together a variety of resources for those interested in reading, researching, or preserving cemeteries.

  • Cemetery Committee History
  • Since the 1960s, cemeteries have played a large part in the Society’s programming
  • Cemetery Laws
  • Selected cemetery laws from the Ohio Revised Code – pay attention to the terms "may" or "shall," "public" or "private"
  • Cemetery Lending Library
  • Cemetery transcriptions and books about cemeteries which OGS members may borrow through the Lending Library program
  • Cemetery Preservation
  • Nationally known cemetery author Lynette Strangstad gives her views on the direction of graveyard preservation
  • Cemetery Preservation Society
  • Bonnie and Larry Knox from the Wayne County Chapter tell about how to create a local interest group to maintain and preserve cemeteries
  • Cemetery Reference Sources
  • Books about cemeteries in the OGS Library that are recommended reading
  • Cemetery Tombstone Abbreviations
  • Key to abbreviations often found on tombstones
  • Cemetery Transcription
  • The Huron County Chapter’s guidelines on reading and publishing tombstone inscriptions
  • Cemetery Vertical Files
  • Individual cemetery transcriptions in manuscript form that have been submitted to the OGS library
  • Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003
  • Search the free database of Ohio cemetery locations
  • Ohio Cemeteries Bibliography
  • A list of OGS cemetery holdings by E. Paul Morehouse utilized in the compilation Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003
  • Ohio Cemeteries Database Key
  • Definitions of the material gathered in each field for the Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003 project including codes and abbreviations
  • Permission Form
  • This form may be adapted for use with your own local cemetery project. Also available as a Microsoft Word document
  • Virtual Cemetery Project
  • Guidelines provided by the Warren County Chapter in their efforts to preserve cemeteries digitally

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