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Cemetery tombstones, or sexton's records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse, names of children, and maiden names. Less often, they contain birth places. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. There are also abbreviations that give clues when deciphered. Also, family members may be buried in the same plot or nearby. The Association of Gravestone Studies (AGS) has recommendations on the treatment and care of tombstones when needing to make inscriptions more visible. There are several major collections of Ohio cemetery records created by various organizations that transcribed tombstones and sexton’s records. Not all cemetery records are computerized and the records may be recorded on "lot" cards.

Locating Cemeteries

When trying to find the location of a cemetery search each collection because no collection includes all the cemeteries, although there maybe some duplication. Be sure to try the websites listed in the online resources part of this page.

  • Epodunk has a comprehensive cemetery list for Ohio. These can be searched for by individual cemetery name, city, or by county.
  • A few cemetery lists by county can be found at Access Genealogy
  • Some older cemetery lists have been reprinted in Ohio Cemetery Records : Extracted from the "Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly." (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1984) FHL film 1320550 item 15; book 977.1 V3oh

Cemetery Societies

Cemetery Transcriptions

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